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The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) conducts analysis every three years on how Australian children have developed by the time...
Supporter member QikKids is offering current financial ACA Qld members (maximum 2 people per services) an opportunity to participate in...
ACA Qld urgently requires families and service providers who are happy to be featured in a case study on the...
The Early Childhood and Community Engagement Division within the Department of Education will be convening a series of state wide...

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The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) conducts analysis every three years on how Australian children have developed by the time they start school and the 2018 results are now available. The report reviews five early childhood development domains: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, communication skills and general knowledge.

The 2018 report by the AEDC now available, collected data on over 96% of Australian children in their first year of school. The report clearly communicates the importance of the development domains through data visualisations allowing all educators access to understanding and applying this knowledge into Quality Improvement Planning, educational program assessment, and professional development goals. 

As you can see below one in five children and two in five Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders were developmentally vulnerable in one or more domain(s) when they started school.

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As seen below, the 2018 State and Territory graph showcases the vulnerability of children regarding the five early childhood development domains with Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia and the ACT ranking as some of the highest states with children vulnerability in Australia:

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Queensland was ranked against other states showcasing some of the highest percentages of vulnerability in Australia, in particular, physical and social development domains.

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ACA Qld encourage the use of the AEDC to assist you with understanding and interpreting the percentage of children developmentally vulnerable in your area of childcare services. This data allows the opportunity to adjust and build a stronger, higher quality improvement plan, educational program assessment and professional development goals for your Early learning services proceeding into the future.

To find out more information about the results and how you can use them please visit www.aedc.gov.au.

The Early Childhood and Community Engagement Division within the Department of Education will be convening a series of state wide inclusion webinars for management, staff, teachers and educators in the early childhood sector in 2019.

Details for the first webinar are as follows:

Title of webinar: Building Inclusion: 5 practical hacks
Date and time: 3 April 2019 from 12.30 – 1.30 pm
 
Outline of the session:
Inclusion is a belief that you embed into your relationships with children and families. This belief creates an environment where all children are valued and supported to reach their full potential.  This one hour webinar will provide participants with some practical strategies that can be easily embedded into everyday programming. It will explore five key areas:
1 Planning for success
2 Developing Routine Based Interventions
3 Managing transition times
4 Creating engaging group times
5 Using inclusion support effectively.
 
Participants will feel encouraged and have the confidence to implement a range of strategies that enhance engagement and participation of all children.
 
Presenter: Katie Bartholomaeus (ex-President, Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) Queensland Chapter)
 
Intended audience: Early childhood sector management, staff, teachers and educators
 
Cost: Free

Links for registration: Departmental employee link:
https://staff.learningplace.eq.edu.au/OneChannel/Pages/Program.aspx?cid=2&eid=23721

Non-departmental employee link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-inclusion-5-practical-hacks-registration-56072795240

Registrations are now open and participants are encouraged to download the required software and ensure audio set up is complete prior to the day of the webinar so they can feel comfortable with the process of the webinar on the day.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at carol.hughes@qed.qld.gov.au.

Supporter member QikKids is offering current financial ACA Qld members (maximum 2 people per services) an opportunity to participate in a FREE small face to face group training session to cover the below topics, non members $130 per person.

  • QikKids Users and Permissions
  • CCSS Sessions
  • CCSS Enrolments
  • ACCS Managment
  • IS Processing
  • Care Provided and Vacancy management
  • Q & A

Book Now! Only 30 places available for each session. For any enquiries please call the ACA Qld office on 07 3808 2366

Cost

ACA Qld Member: FREE *For current ACA Qld financial members (renewed)
Others: $130.00pp

Location & Dates

Max 2 attendees from each service. Tea and coffee will be provided.

  • Brisbane - Tuesday, 7 May 2019, 9am - 12pm, Carina Leagues Club Register>>
  • Brisbane - Tuesday, 7 May 2019, 1pm - 4pm, Carina Leagues Club  Register>>
  • Gold Coast - Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 9am - 12pm, Nerang RSL Register>>
  • Gold Coast - Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 1pm - 4pm, Nerang RSL Register>>
  • Sunshine Coast - Thursday, 9 May 2019, 10am - 1pm, Maroochy RSL Register>>

Click here to download the flyer.

In Australia, children and young people spend upwards of 30 hours per week in the care of educators – from early learning through to primary and secondary school.

Together with family members and carers, educators are most connected to our younger generation.

Be You is an online initiative – backed by trained support staff on the ground – that provides every Australian early learning service and school with a roadmap, building blocks, professional development and support to foster a mentally healthy learning community. It’s designed with, and for, busy educators, and it’s free.

Be You is not a static initiative; it continues to build on the best evidence and the success of previous initiatives to promote mental health and wellbeing for children and young people.

Be You works across mental health promotion, prevention, early intervention and critical incident response – everything educators and learning communities need at their fingertips, offering three key areas of support:

  • Continuous learning and professional development for educators
  • Links and pathways to tools and evidence-based programs
  • Referral pathways to support services.

Be You aims to help educators make a difference in 2019 and beyond – whether they are starting their career as an educator, bolstering their skills, or implementing strategies in their learning community. Educators can head to beyou.edu.au to start taking action within their learning community today.

We encourage you to check it out as we head in to the new educational year – beyou.edu.au.

ACA Qld urgently requires families and service providers who are happy to be featured in a case study on the following topics. This case study will be shared with the media.

  • 3-year olds - Kindergarten in the 2 years before school
    A) A family with a 3-year-old child who is currently attending Kindergarten for only one day per week, however would like their child to attend a second day but find it difficult financially.
    B) Approved Provider who can talk about one of their families in the above situation (without disclosing their details).
     
  • 4-year olds - Kindergarten in the year before school
    A) A family with 3 children (at least one of which is under 5 years old) with at least one parent working.
     
  • Child Care Subsidy
    A) A family with 3 children (at least one of which is under 5 years old) with at least one parent working (and earning over $70k). The family used to receive the Child Care Rebate (CCR) and Child Care Benefit (CCB), but as they don’t pass the activity test, they are no longer eligible for the new Child Care Subsidy and have reduced the number of days in long day care.
    B) Approved Provider who can talk about their families in the above situation (without disclosing their private details).
     
  • Supply
    A) A family with at least one child aged 3-4 years of age, who live in a regional/remote area with no early learning service nearby. The family must travel for a substantial time (eg.1 hour drive) to get to their child care/early learning services. As a result, they may only attend one day a week given the inconvenience.
    B) Approved Provider who can talk about one of their families in the above situation (without disclosing their details).
     
  • Early Learning Workforce Strategy
    A) Approved Provider who is struggling to recruit quality, qualified, reliable staff. This could be in a geographic area that simply does not have any qualified staff in residence. The service may be forced to operate whilst not complying with the NQF requirement to have an ECT, due to the fact that none live nearby.

If you would like to be involved, please contact your ACA Qld General Manager, Brent Stokes via email gm.qld@childcarealliance.org.au or via phone on 07 3808 2366 for more information.

 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered all Townsville schools and early learning services to close today.

Please take care on the roads, stay home and remember that ‘if it’s flooded forget it’.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is predicting heavy rain for the next few days. For the latest Queensland weather warnings please visit the BOM website and the Townsville Disaster Information Facebook page.

Absences

Since the inception of the new Child Care Subsidy on 2 July 2018 the new legislation requires services to submit a normal absence today as part of a child’s 42 allowable absences per financial year. Click here for more information.

Families are entitled to 42 absence days per child, per financial year, and may be entitled to additional absence days in certain circumstances (including illness of the child, a parent or sibling). In shared care arrangements, the allocation of 42 absences per financial year relates to the child, not each individual claimant.

Under the Child Care Subsidy, when a child does not attend care on a day they are scheduled to attend, providers are able to claim an absence for the child up to 42 times in a financial year, so long as on the day the absence is claimed, Child Care Subsidy would have been claimed (i.e. the child would have otherwise been in care, and the family hasn't already reached their fortnightly entitlement of subsidised hours based on their activity test result).

For more information please feel free to contact our office on 07 3808 2366.

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