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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.

May

05

Kindergarten Inclusion Support Program: Specialised Equipment Trial

The Victorian Department of Education and Training is starting a new Specialised Equipment Trial (SET) as part of the existing Kindergarten Inclusion Support (KIS) program, which will operate during the 2021 and 2022 kindergarten years. Specialised equipment will be available for loan, at no cost, to funded kindergarten services to assist them to support children with significant disabilities. (more…)

May

05

Koorie Kids Shine new promotional resources

The Koorie Kids shine program offers Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families 15 hours of free kindergarten each week for their three-year-old or four-year-old children.

New promotional materials have been developed for Early Childhood Education and Care services to encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families to enrol their children in kindergarten. They include (more…)

May

05

VIT update and support on the revised Victorian Teaching Profession’s Code of Conduct

The revised Code of Conduct will be circulated to all registered teachers and early childhood teachers as well as key education stakeholders in Term 2 2021, with the Code coming into effect in Term 3 2021. To support educational leaders and staff to engage with the revised Code VIT have developed support resources. CLICK HERE to find out more about the resources.

May

05

Vic Three-Year-Old Kindergarten Sector Guide

Committees of Management, Directors, and Managers of services delivering or looking at delivering a funded three-year-old kinder program are encouraged to read the Best Start Best Life Sector Guide to the funded three-year-old kindergarten program in Victoria. (more…)

May

05

Vic WorkSafe Work Awards nomination deadline is this Friday 7 May

Does your early childhood education and care service deserve recognition for the great work it does in workplace health and safety? Then why not nominate for the 2021WorkSafe Work Awards. There are seven categories: (more…)

May

05

New Worker Screening Act 2020 and Worker Screening Regulation 2021

As of 1 February 2021, there are legislative and regulatory changes to Working with Children Checks which are required when a person wants to engage in child-related work.  The Worker Screening Act 2020 has come into force with the Working with Children Act 2005 being repealed. The Working with Children Regulation 2006 has also been repealed and Worker Screening Regulation 2021 now apply. (more…)

May

05

Good news for EYMs … government announces new grants

ELAA has been advised by the Victorian Department of Education and Training of a new one-off grant to be made available to Victorian Early Years Managers (EYMs). The grants will assist EYM services running or commencing a funded Three-Year-Old program and are a direct result of ELAA’s advocacy to government on behalf of EYMs. (more…)

May

05

Don’t take it as read – adult literacy

ELAA recently contributed to the VCOSS Submission to the Commonwealth House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training inquiry into Adult literacy and its importance. Literacy skills enable people to get a job, look after their health and thrive in the community. The submission calls on the Commonwealth Government to invest in prevention and early intervention measures, such as committing to long-term funding under the National Partnerships Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education and expanding this to include the provision of three-year-old kindergarten.

May

05

National Quality Framework 2019 Review

ELAA has consulted with our members in the formulation of this submission to the National Quality Framework 2019 Review through meetings, a workshop and promoting the opportunity to provide written feedback directly. ELAA’s extensive experience in providing the Road Safety Education program over the past eleven years informed our detailed feedback on children’s safety during regular transportation, including identifying additional risks for consideration. The options outlined in relation to evacuation from multi-story buildings were also supported and additional considerations were proposed such as recognition of the role of lockdowns as an emergency response. (more…)

Apr

28

Recording of ELAA forum re Child Information Sharing Reforms and new three-year-old kindergarten roll-out

If you attended yesterday’s ELAA online forum re the Child Information Sharing Reforms and new three-year-old kindergarten roll-out update or if you missed it then you can watch our recording (more…)

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