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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.

Volunteering can be a recognised activity for the activity test. One or more of the following must apply:

  • it is voluntary work which improves your work skills or employment prospects (or both); or
  • it is voluntary work for a charitable, welfare or community organisation; or
  • it is voluntary work for a school, preschool or Centre Based Day Care service, but only if the work directly supports the learning and development of the children there.

To read the fact sheet and find out more, click here.

Source: Australian Government Department of Education and Training

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.

By now, you should have received the updated Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS): Funding Requirements. The new Funding Requirements are effective from 1 January 2019. We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the revised requirements to ensure you remain eligible for funding under the QKFS.

ACA Qld has commenced a thorough review of the new Funding Requirements which have been highlighted pdf here (4.04 MB) . We are still reviewing the document, so this listing may not be exhaustive.

Amendments of most significance include: QKFS Plus application (page 14) in line with a member alert sent on 27 September 2018 , Transition statements (page 24), Workforce requirements (page 28), Departmental monitoring, compliance and performance (page 31), Misappropriation of funds (page 32) and Debt recovery (page 33).

If you have any questions please contact the Kindergarten Funding team by on QKFS.LDC@qed.qld.gov.au or 07 3035 2244.

For services using QikKids

The new option has been added to Tools > Options > Kindergarten > Subtract QKFS subsidy from fee submitted to CCSS. Please ensure that before unchecking this tick box that you read and understand the information below. 

This feature changes the way QikKids calculates the total fee sent to the Federal Government in relation to the QKFS. Specifically when unchecking this option, the QKFS funding will be used to specifically reduce the parent Gap as opposed to just reducing the total fee prior to CCS being applied. QikKids strongly advises that you seek independent advice from the relevant authorities before unchecking this feature. 

For more information, contact the QikKids team.

For services using Kidsoft

Kidsoft have finalised the development to enable providers to make the decison on how they apply QKFS discounting to guardians via the QKFS Discount under Service / Details / Discounts /Discount Type - Queensland Kindergarten.

To enable the Setting, follow the steps below:

  1. Service / Configurations / Setting / Kindergarten
  2. QKFS CCS Subsidy Full Amount
  3. When enabled you will receive a confrimation pop up box

For more information, contact the Kidsoft Helpdesk.

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.

The Federal Government’s Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill 2018 received royal assent on 12 December 2018. Amongst the changes effected by the final Bill are amendments to the National Employment Standards (NES) as contained within the Fair Work Act 2009.

Further to Modern Award changes which occurred in August 2018 wherein each award was varied to provide for unpaid family and domestic violence leave, the new legislation enshrines five days (per annum) of unpaid family and domestic violence leave in the NES, making the entitlement available to ALL workers, not just those captured by Modern Awards. Even employees captured by enterprise agreements will now have access to unpaid family and domestic violence leave as part of their safety net conveyed by the NES.

The NES entitlement mirrors the provision which was inserted into the Modern Awards in August 2018. A new subdivision CA has been inserted into Division 7, now titled ‘Personal/carer’s leave, compassionate leave and unpaid family and domestic violence leave’ and paragraph 61(2)(e) has been amended. A new paragraph 107(3)(d) has also been inserted.  

Operative Date for changes to NES/Fair Work Act 2009on and from 12 DECEMBER 2018

If you are maintaining a printed version of the NES, please print replacement pages 2, 22 and 25 and new pages 24(a) & (b) from the updated PDF copy of the NES which will be accessible to you on the ES website after following the links from the ACA Qld member portal.  The NES, as extracted from the Fair Work Act 2009, will be available to you in ES’ standard PDF format at the top of the ‘Fact Sheets’ page of their website.

ACA Qld Principal Members who have questions about this update are invited to contact Employer Services on 07 3220 3500 for assistance.

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