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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.

Jun

16

Why use Individual Learning Plans for children in out-of-home care?

Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) educators are reminded that the Victorian Department of Education and Training has excellent resources to support educators in developing individual learning plans (ILPs) for children placed in out-of-home care (OoHC). (more…)

Jun

16

Podcast – Working with Aboriginal children in out-of-home care

Recent data has shown that one in eighteen Indigenous children in Australia are in out-of-home care. In a podcast for Emerging Minds, Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioner Sue-Anne Hunter talks about her work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the out-of-home care system. (more…)

Jun

16

Prioritising vaccination of the early childhood education workforce

ELAA has written to the Victorian Minister  for Early Childhood, Ingrid Stitt, to advocate that the early childhood education and care workforce are included in the priority list for COVID-19 vaccinations. (more…)

Jun

16

ELAA ramps up workforce advocacy

ELAA has joined with Community Child Care (CCC) and Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) to jointly advocate for urgent measures to stem workforce shortages, as well as medium and longer-term measures to attract, develop and retain the early childhood workforce. (more…)

Jun

16

New Vic Find a Kinder website makes things easier for parents

A new website that helps parents look for a kindergarten in their area that delivers a quality program  has been launched by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. (more…)

Jun

16

Vic DET COVID-19 eLearn module

A Vic DET eLearn module ‘School and early childhood infection prevention and control during COVID-19′ is available on FUSE via the Vic DET website. The module provides facts, practical strategies, and information about the precautions that can be taken to reduce risk while at work. (more…)

Jun

16

Koorie Kids Shine at Kindergarten

Koorie Kids Shine promotes the benefits of 15 hours per week of free kindergarten for three- and four-year-old Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Information for families about Koorie Kids Shine is available here, with further information, digital resources and print materials available for order by services and providers here. (more…)

Jun

16

Early Start Kindergarten Now Available for Refugee and Asylum Seeker Children

Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) provides up to 15 hours per week of free or low-cost kindergarten for three-year-old children. From 2021, ESK is now available to children from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds in addition to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and children known to Child Protection. (more…)

Jun

16

Remind your parents about Child Care Subsidy balancing deadlines

The Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) are encouraging providers and services to remind families about the next deadline for balancing Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

Two important deadlines fall on 30 June 2021: (more…)

Jun

15

Did you know you can book a online ThingleToodle session during COVID?

Due to current COVID19 restrictions in Victoria ELAA has been unable to deliver face-to-face ThingleToodle Road Safety Education sessions at early years service sites but you can book a 25-minute virtual session for your four-year-old funded kindergarten program. If you have access to a reliable internet service and have a laptop and data projector or a smart TV – this is the free road safety education session for you. (more…)

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