Australia Post has launched its new community program 'Our Neighbourhood, a national grants program'. Our Neighbourhood Community Grants are open to eligible registered charities and community organisations for amounts between $1000 and $25,000 to support local projects.
Our Neighbourhood Community Grants will be awarded to organisations with projects that help connect local communities and foster inclusion across Australian neighbourhoods.
The Our Neighbourhood program has been designed to provide opportunities for people from varying backgrounds and communities. With a focus on local, it will also extend to regional and remote, the disadvantaged, the culturally diverse and small business.
Our Neighbourhood Community Grants are now open for applications and will close on Friday, 28 June 2013 at 5pm (AEST).
All information regarding the Ausatralia Post Our Neighbourhood Community Grants can be found at: www.ourneighbourhood.com.au
Supporting Children with Autism - A resource for education and care services
CCC and Amaze (Autism Vic) worked in conjunction to develop this resource. It contains a wealth of information and resources, all packaged into a handy USB stick for use at your service!
Order Your Copy now!
New Resources Available to help Incorporated Associations Review their Rules (Constitution)
The introduction of the of the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 means that education and care services who are incorporated associations need to consider updating their Rules or Constitution to reflect changes in legislation. PilchConnect has introduced a new Rules Review Project that will assist services to do this. Click here for more information
It is important to note that the new Model Rules do not include not for profit clauses which are necessary for the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to accept an organisation as not for profit for tax purposes.
Training Series: Using the Frameworks for High Quality Practice in Family Day Care
Resource kit and two-part 'train the trainer' series May - June 2013
DEECD has funded CCC to deliver another round of training series for FDC educators. Click here to find out more!
Available now! Professional Learning Calendar
February - June 2013
We are proud of our strong history of collaboration and capacity building in children's services and the wider community, and invite you to download our professional learning program for Semester 1, 2013.
Or visit our Professional Support Page for more information.
Community Child Care Association 2013 - Capacity, Community, Collaboration 2013-2014 State Budget Submission to the Treasurer
In 2013 CCC will focus on maintaining a clear, proactive advocacy agenda and sharing our experience and knowledge through training and consulting with our members and the wider community.
Read all about the exciting services and activities CCC is delivering in 2013!
$300 million 'Early Years Quality Fund' Announced
The Australian Government has announced a $300 million 'Early Years Quality Fund' to support quality outcomes for children. Click here for the DEEWR Fact Sheet relating to the Fund.
CCC has written to the Victorian Treasurer outlining our recommendations for the 2013-14 State Budget. Click here to read more about our State Budget Proposal for 2013-2014
CCC's Response to the Budget Based Funding Program Review CCC welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the review of this important program, ensuring the children all over Australia have accessible and affordable high quality early childhood education and care.
We are aware of the enormous untapped potential for expanded contributions to our national wellbeing from children's services that are Aboriginal controlled, mobile to serve rural and remote families, genuinely available on an occasional basis and/or innovative models to meet the unique needs of particular communities that cannot be met through mainstream government funding programs.
Read full submission here
2012-13 Budget: Baillieu Plants Tiny Seeds for Vulnerable ChildrenToday's State Budget planted a few tiny seeds which could eventually grow into a veritable forest of support to ensure children at risk have real access to high quality early childhood education and care.
CCC welcomes the Budget's headline focus on the importance of improving community services for vulnerable Victorians alongside economic growth, jobs and infrastructure.
Read the full media release here.
CCC Response to the ACECQA Draft Excellent Rating
Drawing on many discussions with the sector and our membership, CCC has put together a comprehensive response to the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority's (ACECQA) Discussion Paper on the Excellent Rating System. CCC's response welcomed the aspirational tone of the rating and recommended a rigorous assessment process, with qualified and experienced assessors and to be accompanied by initiatives to assist smaller, less resourced services ready themselves to apply for the excellent rating. Read more here.
Quality Care for Children is Worth the Cost!
CCC is working hard to get the truth into our newspapers. Commercial child care providers are irresponsible in scaring families and communities with threats of outrageously high increases in child care costs in the New Year. Recent threats of a $25 per day increase in child care fees are nothing more than propaganda attempting to blackmail the government to prevent improvements in the minimum standard of quality that Australian children deserve.
Read the whole media release here.
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CCC Responds to The Productivity Commission Draft Report
CCC's response is now available to the Productivity Commission study into the workforce of the Early Childhood Development Sector. This study is examining several issues including minimum qualification, staff retention and working conditions.
In response to the draft report, CCC directed the Commission to reconsider recommendations on OSHC not requiring qualified educators and their potential underestimation of the capacity for Committees of Management to serve community child care services.
Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children Inquiry - Verbal Evidence
CCC presented to the Inquiry into Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children, a series of case studies of universal children's services doing an outstanding job of including children at risk of abuse and neglect - the Inquiry Panel congratulated us for a positive presentation. CCC wishes to thank the long day care and vacation care services which provided their experiences for the case studies - together we can change the world! Transcript is available here
Early Childhood Australia has released a document titled 'Our future on the line - Keeping the early childhood education and care reforms on track'. This is a good resource to share with families about the importance of the reforms, and the support the reforms have from the children's services sector.
CCC has moved to a new location! You can find us at:
Suite West 8 & 9
215 Bell Street, Preston VIC 3072
Our new postal address is:
P.O Box 1730,
Preston South Vic 3072
Ph 03 9486 3455
Fax 03 9486 3271