09 SepELAA CEO update 9 September 2021

Posted on 09 Sep 2021

Vaccinating the Early Childhood Education and Care sector

With the DELTA strain having a significant impact on early childhood education and care, with school and ECEC services amongst the most impacted environments, ELAA welcomes the broadening of access to vaccinations to all people aged 16 and above. It is imperative that our workforce is vaccinated as soon as possible and ELAA applauds the efforts of members in encouraging vaccination including providing staff with paid leave to vaccinate. Vaccination is the best defence with which to protect and the children they educate. ELAA will continue advocating to support priority vaccination for ECEC staff.

ELAA advocacy strategy

ELAA is about to commence its consultation to inform our 2025 advocacy strategy. We are keen to hear from a cross section of members on what is important to you. Please attend an online focus group, complete the survey (to be released in October) or forward your views to our Director, Advocacy ­­­– Megan O’Connell moconnell@elaa.org.au

Professional development opportunities

ELAA’s Learning Brought to Life live webinar sessions will kick off again in December 2021 so look out for more information on that. In the meantime we will continue to run governance sessions in Term 4 including sessions like Ending the year on a high – AGM and Handover, Employee Management and Development Resource and Financial Management … more information on those sessions will be available soon.

ELAA AGM

ELAA’s 30th Annual General Meeting will be held on the 18th of November, 6.30p.m to 8.30p.m via Zoom. Planning is well underway for a special AGM to celebrate 30 years so put the date in your calendar.

Celebrate your volunteers

Nominations for  McArthur Volunteer of the Year Awards will open soon so start thinking about which committee member or other volunteer you’d like to nominate for this amazing award. More details to come.

Have you seen the new PolicyWorks?

ELAA has completed a comprehensive review of 11 PolicyWorks templates covering a diverse range of essential policy areas from Privacy and Confidentiality to Code of Conduct and much more. These policies have been reviewed by an expert advisory group of Early Years Manager representatives, individual service Committee of Management members, private and not-for-profit providers.

We’ve also consulted with independent expert organisations including the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Victorian Department of Education and Training, Cancer Council Victoria, Department of Health and the Victorian Child Information Sharing Division so you will have peace of mind knowing that our policy templates reflect contemporary practice and meet legislative, regulatory and funding requirements.

The new templates also feature a great new easy-to-find and read format. They’re also completely editable so you can easily customise each policy to your service. PolicyWorks will save your EYM or service significant time and help you stay on top of your policy management. More information can be found by CLICKING HERE .

Please take care and stay safe.

David Worland

CEO

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