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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.



2017 Early Childhood Education Conference – delegate registrations now open

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Early Childhood Education Conference – together we grow the child in focus.

This year’s Early Childhood Education Conference is the biggest yet with 74 speaker sessions on offer. With a theme of the child in focus some of the many highlights include:

  • Professor Ted Melhuish – Keynote address re Early childhood experience and its impact on children’s educational and socio-emotional development through to adulthood.
  • Bruce Hurst – Development isn’t something that just happens. It is also something you do. (Children’s development and the importance of age  in children’s identities).
  • Georgie Meyer and Alex Price – Five hundred children and one museum. (The creation of the new Melbourne Museum Children’s Gallery).
  • Heather Barnes – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics): supporting teaching, environments and motivation.
  • Stacey Fox (Mitchell Institute) – What policies do we need to make sure every child has the opportunity to be a confident and engaged learner?

… and many more high quality presentations from early learning professionals.

Go to to view the Conference Program and to secure your seats at the Conference.

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Creating engaging schools for all children and young people: What works December 2016

This report seeks to renew Victoria’s interest and determination to improve school and student engagement in Victoria. This report showcases positive practice examples of engaging schools, documenting the ways which leading schools engage children and young people. Our purpose is to share these experiences with all schools, families, government agencies and community organisations, so all children and young people can be engaged in their learning. The report identifies principles of good practice every school might adopt – along with system changes and assistance required from government for all Victorian children and young people to stay engaged at school. This report was prepared by an alliance of community sector organisations including the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS), Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CFECFW), Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic), Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) and Hume Whittlesea Local Learning and Employment Network (HWLLEN).

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“It’s Groundhog Day when it comes to funding 15 hours”

The Early Learning Review recently published a piece looking back on the early learning sector in 2016 and forward to next year. The article included the views of sector leaders’ (including ELAA CEO – Shane Lucas) on the key issues for the sector in 2017.

Read the article

Sign the petition to keep funding 15 hours



ELAA Joins Sector Partners in Call for Amended Jobs for Families Child Care Package

ELAA has joined 20 other early learning sector organisations in writing to Greens and cross-bench Senators urging them to support an amended version of the Federal Government’sJobs for Familieschild care assistance package.

The letters underline cross-sectoral support for many aspects of the proposed child care assistance package, including:

  • increased investment in early learning
  • streamlining of current subsidies (Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate)
  • child Care Safety Net programs for children with additional needs.

However, the sector is also calling for amendments to the package to better reflect the benefits for children of quality early learning:

  • an increased base entitlement of subsidised hours and a raised income threshold for the base entitlement
  • an increased base entitlement to subsidised hours specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and a specialised program to support otherwise unviable services
  • activity test and subsidy approval processes that are flexible to accommodate the needs of families.

The letters also state that the package should not be conditional on the Government making savings from proposed cuts to Family Tax Benefits that would adversely impact disadvantaged families.

The Jobs for Families legislation was reintroduced to Parliament in September and is expected to be before the Senate very soon.

Letter to Senator Richard Di Nitale

Letter to Senator Nick Xenophon



ELAA CEO’s Group receives response from Federal Minister on ‘15 Hours’

ELAA has received the attached response from Minister Birmingham in response to our letter of 29 November regarding the future of the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education beyond the current agreement’s expiry on 31 December 2017.  The Minister has also requested that we share his response with all those members and supporters who have signed our petition to Keep funding 15 hours .

We will be looking to meet with the Minister early in the New Year to discuss this important issue further.

While we are delighted that the Minister reiterates the Turnbull Government’s commitment to ensuring that all children have access to quality early learning and care, we are concerned that the Commonwealth contribution to preschool funding through the National Partnership Agreement is described as having only ever been a “top-up” contribution. This is not ELAA’s view.  We regard this funding as both critical to ensuring 15 hours of quality early learning for every child in the year before school, and an important demonstration of the shared commitment by all Australian Governments to the longer-term economic and social benefits of investment in early learning.

Letter to Minister Birmingham

Response from Minister Birmingham

Shane Lucas, CEO



Caring for Kids Raffle – Drawn 24 June 2016

1st Prize – Ticket 000287

2nd Prize – Ticket 005884

3rd Prize – Ticket 040540

4th Prize – Ticket 046160



VECTEA 2016 Approved

The Victorian Early Childhood Teachers and Educators Agreement 2016 (VECTEA 2016) was approved by the Fair Work Commission earlier today 22 June 2016.
The new Agreement will operate from 29 June 2016, replacing the VECTAA 2009.

To support ELAA members in this process, we have developed materials and tools which are available on the Member Section of the ELAA website.
The full Agreement along with a Summary Document detailing the key differences between the old and new agreements is available below.

The Summary Document highlights a number of significant changes which services will be required to implement by 29 June 2016.

To help members in this regard, ELAA has developed a number of resources including:

The VECTEA 2016 Implementation Kit which can be found in the Services and Resources  section on the ELAA website.  Members will need to log in using their password to access the kit and supporting documents.  This should be read in conjunction with the Preparing to Implement VECTEA Kit  which can also be found in the Services and Resources section of the ELAA website.

·      VECTEA 2016 Implementation Webinars – available from the Services and Resources section on the ELAA website. Follow the drop down menu and then select ELAA Webinars

Should you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the ELAA Member Services Team on 03 9489 3500 or toll free on 1300 730 119. You may also email your query to



Keep funding 15 hours …. hear what the sector says

Early Learning Association Australia recently asked early childhood educators, service providers, and thought leaders about the need to fund 15 hours of preschool for 40 weeks in the year before school.

Listen to their insightful views in the videos below.

Video Segment 1

Video Segment 2

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