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Keep up-to-date with all the latest news from the early learning sector plus benefits and services for ELAA members.

Mar

19

IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ – new contact arrangements for ELAA during the Coronavirus Emergency

Due to the current Coronavirus emergency, Early Learning Association Australia has implemented new remote working arrangements for our staff.

Until further notice, if you have a query or need to contact us, please email memberservices@elaa.org.au with your contact details and the nature of your enquiry, and we will respond to you as soon as possible. (more…)

Mar

19

ELAA CEO Update 19 March 2020

Dear members and friends

Coronavirus and frequently asked questions

We have all been affected by the current Coronavirus emergency and there has been an enormous amount of communication regarding the virus – both in the news media, social media, and early years sector communication channels – a lot of which is useful although some inaccurate. The amount of information, however, has been somewhat overwhelming. ELAA has now published a Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions page on the ELAA website.

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Mar

19

Financial support for trainee teachers in Vic

Now is a good time for anyone considering commencing or upgrading their qualifications to become an early childhood teacher in Victoria. With 4000 new teachers needed to service the rollout of three-year-old kindergarten in Victoria, the government is offering generous incentives including scholarships.

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Mar

19

New Victorian Government website to help keep children learning if service closes

From the Victorian Minister for Education Media release 18 March.

A new website has been launched to help teachers keep students learning in the event a school is closed because of COVID-19. (more…)

Mar

18

Federal Government commits to developing Indigenous early childhood strategy

The Federal Government’s announcement (in February) that it will commit to developing an Indigenous early childhood strategy in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has been welcomed by SNAICC – National Voice for Our Children. (more…)

Mar

18

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Webcast for Child Care Providers and Services

The Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment is holding a webcast for child care providers and services to discuss the existing support mechanisms in place to assist the early childhood education and care sector in managing the impacts of COVID-19. The webcast will cover current support available for families and providers and answers to frequently asked questions. (more…)

Mar

18

Building Blocks grants program launched in Victoria

As part of the rollout of three-year-old kindergarten in Victoria, the State Government has launched the ‘Building Blocks’ grants program to help build and expand kindergarten facilities across the State. (more…)

Mar

18

Important update to Worksafe advice on glass panes

WorkSafe have updated their advice regarding glass panes in early childhood services as a result of the findings from a recent prosecution following a child’s injury in a childcare centre. (more…)

Mar

18

Portability of Long Service Leave Update

From 1 January 2020 the community services sector including licensed children’s services under the Children’s Services Act 1996 or approved providers under the Education and Care Services National Law (Victoria)  come under the Portable Long Service Benefits Scheme. All approved providers and licensed children’s services are required to register for the scheme by 31 March 2020. (more…)

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