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The following is a collection of useful information for early learning services providers affected by the recent bushfires. Government support for...
Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld) is proud of our long standing professional collaboration with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.
Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld) in conjunction with our Registered Training Organisation, College for Australian Early Childhood Educators (CAECE),...
In response to ACA Qld's letter to Minister Grace, ACA Qld President - Majella Fitzsimmons (electronically), Vice President - Jae...

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The following is a collection of useful information for early learning services providers affected by the recent bushfires.

Government support for early learning service providers
In view of the number of emergency and natural disaster situations being experienced across Australia, and the potential for continued disruption over the summer period, the Department of Education (DET) has launched a new webpage which contains links to useful information about the resources available to early learning services affected by the fires or other emergencies.

The DET website includes information on the following: 

  • For the purposes of the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) - What is a local emergency?
  • What if the service I operate is in or near an emergency declared area?
  • Assistance for service providers
  • Reporting requirements and additional absences
  • Service closures, and
  • Assistance for families.

The new webpage is available at education.gov.au/emergency-and-natural-disaster-assistance.

Meanwhile the Department of Human Services has also produced a webpage which provides useful links to the state government support available to each state/territory. The webpage is available at humanservices.gov.au/individuals/help-emergency/bushfires.

Support for educators and families
There are also a range of resources available from various sources to support educators and families to work through worries and concerns about the fires with the children in their care.

These include:

  • A range of resources developed by the Red Cross to support children before, during and after a natural disaster, for both parents and educators available here

  • Maggie Dent video - HOW PARENTS CAN HELP KIDS FEEL SAFE DURING BUSHFIRES
    Maggie Dent speaks directly to parents about how they can talk with their kids to reduce anxiety when bushfires occur.

  • Modules produced by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority specifically for children aged between three and five years of age, which are aligned with the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework. Covering four topics – learning about bushfires, preparing for bushfires, responding to bushfires and recovering from bushfires – the modules are available here

  • 5 steps to help children cope through bushfires - recent article in The Conversation available here

  • A guide on talking to children about bushfires, produced by Victoria’s Better Health Channel, available here.  

  • A guide to support parents in speaking with their children about the fires developed by Talking Mattersavailable here.

  • A story about bushfires for children developed by the Queensland Government in many community languages, including English, Arabic, Burmese, Mandarin and Samoan, available here. It tells the story of Birdie, a small bird who is forced to flee when a bushfire sweeps through her neighbourhood. With colourful illustrations and a compassionate but truthful explanation of living through fire, it is part of a series of books written with the support of mental health experts to support children to cope with natural disasters and other big life events. 

Donations to help the community - do your homework & beware of scams!
Whilst it is a wonderful gesture to donate goods or money to assist people in need at this difficult time for Australia, often the logistics of accepting and storing donations of goods can be too difficult for already-stretched organisations.

Additionally the bushfires have created a golden opportunity for scammers to take advantage of our community generosity, with common scams reported to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) including:

  • People impersonating relatives of victims and requesting money via text messages or phone calls
  • Calls or websites impersonating charities and crowdfunding pages impersonating charities
  • People doorknocking, saying they or loved ones have been impacted by the bushfires

If your service is organising a fund-raiser and donating to an established charity or not-for-profit organisation, make sure you do your homework to ensure the funds go where you would like them to, that the organisation is a registered charity and that you are on its official website by searching the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Charity Register
You may wish to donate to your state fire authority (VIC CFA DONATE, NSW RFS donate, SA CFS DONATE, QLD RFBAQ DONATE) or another alternative.

Need assistance? Contact your ACA state body.
ACA is already in discussions with the Australian Government about how DET and DHS can further assist early learning service providers and families affected by the bushfires.

We will continue to engage with DET and DHS on this matter.

If your service has been affected, please contact your ACA state body to keep us updated and let us know if there is any way we can assist in getting you the assistance you need. 

If you have come across any particular resources that are worth sharing with ACA members, please let us know by sending a quick email to admin@childcarealliance.org.au

In response to ACA Qld's letter to Minister Grace, ACA Qld President - Majella Fitzsimmons (electronically), Vice President - Jae Fraser and General Manager - Brent Stokes met with Sharon Schimming, Deputy Director-General, Early Childhood and Community Engagement last week to discuss the KindyLinQ pilot program. Our discussion focused on the intention of this policy, the best outcomes for all children, sustainability of the sector and any potential unintended outcomes.

Read more.

Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld) is proud of our long standing professional collaboration with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. Previously we have engaged with the Senior Inspector, South West Gold Coast Regions of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland who has collaborated on various opportunities including presenting at our national conference.

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On 27 November 2019, the proposed legislation to enshrine 6:00 pm to midnight on Christmas Eve as a public holiday was passed by Queensland Parliament. The approval of the Bill had been anticipated, given the recommendation of the Education, Employment and Small Business Committee that the proposed legislation be passed, despite the fact it was universally opposed by employer groups during the consultation process.

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Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld) in conjunction with our Registered Training Organisation, College for Australian Early Childhood Educators (CAECE), are delivering a boutique training workshop which aims to enable educators, service leaders and managers to prepare their teams to feel more confident and empowered on the day of assessment and rating.

This workshop will focus on some of the following topics;

  • Better understand and prepare for assessment and rating visits
  • Communicate what assessment and rating involves for staff
  • Communicate assessment and rating to families
  • Access and use available resources on assessment and ratings

Feel confident in your authentic and key practices that support quality outcomes for children. Be prepared, empowered and confident.

For any enquiries please call the ACA Qld office on 07 3808 2366

Download the flyer here.

Session Details

Duration: Full day. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea included.

Start time: 8:30am

Finish time: 3:30pm

Cost

ACA Qld Member: $308.00 pp

Others: $440.00 pp

Location & Dates

ACA Qld 2020 national Conference 9

We are excited to announce that registrations are now open for the ACA Qld 2020 National Conference!

The 2020 conference theme is Early Education… An endless adventure. The theme reflects our children’s early learning journey with the endless guidance and support of early year’s educators. We trust the conference will leave you inspired and encourage you to broaden your networks by accessing exciting new learnings and resources demonstrated throughout the conference program.

The 2020 conference program includes:

Early Bird prices start at just $616 for the Member two-day package and $880 for others. Register by 31 March 2020 to take advantage of this special rate before it is sold out!

Did you know that you may be able to ‘salary sacrifice’ your conference registration fee and accommodation expenses? Learn more>>

Accommodation packages are available at The Star Gold Coast and Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach Hotel. Book here>>

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Get in fast to secure your attendance at the #ACAQLD2020 National Conference and to take advantage of early bird prices!

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