Graphic: What to do if somebody at your early childhood or OSHC service tests positive for COVID-19
Save this graphic so you know what steps to take if somebody at your early childhood or OSHC service tests positive for COVID-19.
Resource: CCC Call Card
Print off a copy of CCC's call card and keep important contacts at your fingertips!
Resource: Walking Together
Put together by VAEAI, in collaboration with the Victorian Inclusion Agency (VIA), Walking Together is a helpful resource that provides educators with a jumping-off point to achieve three key aims for embedding Aboriginal perspectives in early childhood. These focus on culturally appropriate and inclusive practices related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultures. Use this resource to support children’s learning in the most effective ways, increase knowledge and understanding, and actively contribute to reconciliation and counter racism and prejudice.
National NAIDOC Week postponed
National NAIDOC week has been postponed until November this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The celebrations will be held 8–15 November instead of the usual July dates as a result of the ongoing uncertainty and to protect elders in the community.
Still want to acknowledge the original dates? Check out this online Victorian NAIDOC Week program happening virtually via The Arts Centre Melbourne. Watch insightful performances, interviews and more.
Quiz: How eco-friendly is your service?
The frameworks promote embedding sustainability in all daily routines and practices. So how green is your early childhood or OSHC service? Take the quiz.
The early education government report card
This document is a brief rundown on rates of participation in care in Victoria, and nationally, according to the Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services. We're encouraged to see that:
- While Australian Government funding for early education has not grown in the past two years, the Victorian Government has consistently increased early education funding.
- In Victoria, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 3–5 participate in kindergarten and child care in similar numbers to the numbers they represent in the community. Nationally, they are underrepresented in education and care.
Quiz: Is your children’s service prepared for portable long service leave?
Do you need to register your organisation, submit quarterly returns and pay the levy? Take the quiz.
Quiz: Are you ready to become Ed Leader?
Before you say yes to an Ed Leader role, take this quiz to find out if you’ve got what it takes.
Early Childhood Agreement for Out-of-Home-Care
We know that quality early education and care makes a signficant difference to the lives of children, particularly if they are vulnerable. The Early Childhood Agreement for Out-of-Home-Care aims to ensure children living in out-of-home-care have access to high quality early education and care. The Agreement is between eleven partners (including CCC and the Department of Education and Training), and lays out our shared responsibilities to make this a reality.
Quiz: Are you ready for assessment and rating?
Your next assessment and rating visit might be over before you know it – use our quiz to see how prepared you are.
Is your service child safe? A checklist you’ll want to bookmark
The Victorian Child Safe Standards have been in effect since January 2016 and are compulsory for all education and care services. Use this handy checklist to make sure your service is child safe.
Have your registered to receive Inclusion News updates from the Victorian Inclusion Agency (VIA)? If not, sign up now to keep up to date with the latest news, info and resources.
Newly appointed OSHC focused roles within The State Department of Education and Training.
Visit the departments ‘Running outside school hours care’ page here
Intentional teaching resource for your staff
Effective Mentoring Program
It is vital that there are a sufficient number of trained mentors across the state to support provisionally registered teachers to gain their full teacher registration by guiding them through the Victorian Institute of Teaching’s registration process.
Visit the Department website here for more information
Marrung – Aboriginal Education Plan 2016–2026
Victoria will be a State where the rich and thriving culture, knowledge and experience of our First Nations peoples are celebrated by all Victorians; where our universal service systems are inclusive, responsive and respectful of Koorie people at every stage of their learning and development journey; and where every Koorie person achieves their potential, succeeds in life, and feels strong in their cultural identity.
Marrung is a strategy to ensure that all Koorie Victorians achieve their learning aspirations and realise the full benefits of the Education State reforms across early childhood, schools and further education.
For further information go to: www.education.vic.gov.au
Nutrition Australia – Want to upgrade your skills and knowledge in food service?
Free online training modules are now available!
Nutrition Australia is very excited to announce that their new online training modules are now available on their Healthy Eating Advisory Service (HEAS) website!
This training was developed by dietitians and nutritionists from Nutrition Australia.
This is an convenient way for Long Day Care Educators and OSHC Educators and Staff to access training that will help them to provide a healthier environment for all. It’s free of charge, can be completed at a time and place that suits the participant and a certificate is available on completion of the training.
Both the ‘Healthy eating in Long Day Care’ and the ‘Healthy eating in Out of School Hours Care’ training modules have been created especially for all educators working in the service.
By completing the module educators and staff will learn about the importance of healthy eating, the whole-of-service approach to healthy eating, how to plan a menu and how to deal with challenges such as allergies plus much more!
For more information and registration please go to: http://heas.healthytogether.vic.gov.au/training/training-options
The online training modules cover the same content as the face to face workshops.
Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning
Launched in 2015, Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning is designed to support the 21,000+ early learning services, primary and secondary schools in Australia to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.
Participating schools and early learning services will be assisted to find meaningful ways to increase respect; reduce prejudice; and strengthen relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Narragunnawali (pronounced narra-gunna-wally) is a word from the language of the Ngunnawal people meaning peace, alive, wellbeing and coming together. The Ngunnawal people are Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and waterways on which Reconciliation Australia’s Canberra office is located.
fka Children's Services (fksCS)
fka Children's Services provides professional learning opportunities to support educators and professionals to provide culturally rich, responsive and respectful early and middle childhood programs.
Click on the link www.fka.com.au>about professional learning to find out more.