2nd - 9th July 2017 National NAIDOC Week
2017 National NAIDOC Theme - Our Languages Matter
The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.
The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.
Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.
National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair Anne Martin said languages are the breath of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the theme will raise awareness of the status and importance of Indigenous languages across the country.
Read more about NAIDOC week and ideas on how you could celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples here
CCC's Professional Support Catalogue 2017 - Out Now!
Welcome to CCC's 2017 Professional Support Catalogue! We have a long history of providing professional support for early childhood services and outside school hours care services in Victoria and 2017 will be no exception! This catalogue provides a selection of interesting and varied topics delivered by our experienced professional support consultants and experts. All of the sessions in the catalogue have been mapped to relevant National Quality Standards and to the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching (APST).
Most of our topics can also be booked as an in service session, well suited to large groups that can be held at your own venue. If you are looking for a topic that we haven't included in our catalogue, please get in touch as we are able to tailor sessions to your specific needs.
Download a copy of our 2017 Professional Support Catalogue!
‘Working Towards’ NQS? Here’s how to improve your rating
Want to move your rating from ‘Working Towards’ to ‘Meeting’ or ‘Exceeding’ the National Quality Standards?
Improve your rating under ACECQA’s National Quality Framework with our Service Support and Professional Development Package. Achieve a higher overall quality rating and drive continuous improvement and consistency at your service.
- An experienced professional consultant working closely with your team
- Intensive support over a three-month period
- Mentoring, professional conversations and training
- Practical strategies and expert guidance
- Prepare efficiently for your next assessment
Our flexible package can be tailored for:
- Long day care
- Family day care
- Outside school hours care services (OSHC)
Why Community Child Care?
- CCC has a proven track record for delivering quality training and professional development across the early and middle childhood sector
- Our friendly and professional consultants are experts in quality practice
- We are the peak body for community-owned, not-for-profit education and care services in Victoria
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Monday 13 February marked the 9th anniversary of the National Apology to the Indigenous Peoples of Australia
The National Apology to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples was delivered by the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on February 13, 2008, and acknowledged in particular the Stolen Generations.
Kevin Rudd's history making National Apology to the Stolen Generation can be viewed at: www.australia.gov.au>our people>apology to australias indigenous peoples
Each year the National Sorry Day Committee encourages all schools, community groups, workplaces and individuals to commemorate the anniversary of this important event in Australia's history. Take a look at Reconciliation Victoria's website and reflect on the significance of the National Apology.
Voices and Visions: Aboriginal Early Childhood Education in Australia
The launch of this book was happily celebtrated in Darwin at the ECA conference.
Four of the writers from the book, Ngaire Jarro, Denise Proud, Anne Yaloot and
Vicky Hynam went to Darwin for this historic moment. This is the first book of its kind written by Aboriginal educators.
Karen Martin, editor of Voices and Visions, says:
Just as our visions will be the present of some young Aboriginal children who are not yet born, these will be made real through our voices and actions right now. The question begs to be asked: ‘What kind of people do we want those children of the future to remember us as being?'
Jackie Huggins, Inaugural Co-Chair: Aboriginal Congress, wrote the Foreword and said this:
This book reflects the stories of practitioners in Aboriginal early childhood education in Australia. It is not just their stories, but a text for how Aboriginal worldviews and frameworks are incorporated in what they do. As Aboriginal people we have always had to conform to a Western schooling system, one which does not fully appreciate our knowledges. In what you are about to read there is an implied but silent script in that, ‘you listen now and let us tell you’
Professor Maggie Walter, Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership, University of Tasmania, reviewed the book for us:
I really liked all of the stories and all the voices and how the narratives wove around key learnings, highlighting the important events from the author's points of view, how these were experienced and other things that the writer wants the reader to know: the successes, the challenges; stories of family, of country and so much more. But they are also all essentially stories about early childhood education and what it means to be a good Aboriginal educator ... I have never met any of the authors personally but feel I know them after reading the stories.
As well as publishing original Australian books, Pademelon Press- Specialists in Early Childhood Teaching and resource and reference books, actively seek out the best and most appropriate resources from around the world, especially from the United States and the United Kingdom
For more information and to order your copy, please click here
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.â€‹
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
MEDIA RELEASE 11 July 2016
Early childhood professionals play key role in tackling family violence
Early childhood education and care professionals are in a unique position to support children and families who are living with family violence. That's why Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) and Community Child Care Association (CCC), with support from Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), are hosting a Victorian first conference which brings together expertise from across both the family violence and early childhood sectors.
NEWS RELEASE 4 May 2016
New Inclusion Support Programme for Victoria
Community Child Care Association (CCC) is delighted to be selected as the Victorian preferred provider for the State wide delivery of a new federal government Inclusion Support Programme that commences on 1 July 2016.
CCC will be delivering the programme as the lead agency of the Victorian Inclusion Agency Consortium, with partners KU Children's Services and Yooralla. We look forward to working collaboratively with education and care services to enhance their capacity and capability in inclusive practice. Our vision is for services to be well resourced so that they can be reflective of and responsive to all children and families in their communities.
We will communicate with services, the sector and stakeholders in the lead up to the start of the new programme on 1 July 2016. Services should continue to contact their current Inclusion Support Agency for support and with any enquiries about Inclusion Support Subsidy up until then.
Information about the new Inclusion Support Program is available on the Department of Education and Training website https://www.education.gov.au/inclusion-support-programme
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.
Implementation into Action - Case studies for school age care
Community Child Care Association was recently contracted by National Out of School Hours Care Association (NOSHSA) to develop some case studies around Implementation into Action from what is happening in Victorian OSHC services around the Framework for School Age Care, My Time Our Place. Have a read of our wonderful Victorian Services who are doing some amazing work! The case studies and fact sheets can be found on the My Time, Our Place website
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
fka Children's Services conducts professional development sessions on culturally competent practices for early childhood educators, as well as professionals in schools, the health sector and family support agencies.
Click on the link www.fka.com.au/training to find out more and how to register.