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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.

Nov

30

Applications have opened for the Building Blocks Inclusion Grant

The Building Blocks Inclusion grants stream is now open for applications. Eligible organisations can apply for funding for upgrades to buildings and playgrounds to ensure they are inclusive of children of all abilities or for inclusive education equipment for kindergarten programs.

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Nov

30

Safe transportation of children – new regulations in force

Transporting children can present additional risks. This can include during the transition from the vehicle and the service location.  From October 1, 2021 the introduction of the new regulation requirements (Division 7, Regulation 102A, 102B, 102C, 102D) came into effect to strengthen oversight arrangements of transport that occurs when children are under the care of an education and care service. (more…)

Nov

30

Standalone kinders and the Reportable Conduct Scheme

Under the Reportable Conduct Scheme, the head of organisation carries legal responsibilities and is ultimately responsible for the organisation’s compliance with the scheme. Heads of organisation are usually someone with the title of CEO or Principle Officer. In the case of stand-alone kindergartens, the committee must nominate a head of organisation. (more…)

Nov

30

ELAA Advocacy Strategy

On Thursday 25 November the ELAA Board endorsed the ELAA 2025 Advocacy Strategy. This strategy recognises the strengths of the community sector in providing higher quality ECEC to more vulnerable children in diverse settings, and positions ELAA to respond to challenges including sector sustainability, governance burdens and shifting parental preferences. (more…)

Nov

30

Combined Community Peaks Workforce Report

ELAA, CCC and CELA are pleased to launch our combined workforce report, Investing in our Future: Growing the education and care workforceThis report draws on data across Victoria and New South Wales to highlight the increased workforce challenges since COVID-19. Members reported vacancies at all levels, with over 4500 vacancies advertised in the first six months (more…)

Nov

30

Information for recruiting for 3-year-old service delivery in kindergartens

A reminder to services experiencing difficulty filling roles to deliver 3-year-old kindergarten programs that the Victorian Department of Education and Training has a variety of resources including a recruitment kit, an Early Childhood Jobs digital jobs board and Employment incentives to attract teachers to work in services . (more…)

Nov

30

3y.o Kinder Kits – order now

Time is running out to order your Kinder Kit. To celebrate the statewide roll-out of funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, the Victorian Government will provide each child starting funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten or Early Start Kinder in 2022 with a Kinder Kit containing fun, play-based and environmentally sustainable learning materials that they can keep for themselves. (more…)

Nov

30

Vic DET Wellbeing Support Program Launched

The Victorian Department of Education and Training has recently launched its new Wellbeing Support Program (EAP) for VECTEA 2020 signatories (and VECTEA mirror agreements). (more…)

Nov

30

Mandatory Vaccination Supports and Webinar

Upcoming Webinar: Mandatory Vaccinations – Understanding your Next Steps. ELAA is partnering with FCB Workplace Law to deliver a Webinar for members on mandatory vaccinations on Monday, 6 December 2021 from 11 am – 12 pm. The session will enable members to understand better their options and next steps with managing an unvaccinated worker after the second-dose deadline. (more…)

Nov

25

Staffing and skills crisis looms for Australian early education and care

A recent study by three leading education and care peak bodies has revealed that Australian education and care services reported over 4,500 vacancies had been advertised in the first six months of 2021. Nearly half of all job vacancies in education and care settings remained unfilled in early 2021. Poor pay and conditions, and lack of qualified applicants were key reasons for these shortages. (more…)

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