About Early Childhood Australia NSW

Early Childhood Australia NSW is a volunteer run organisation promoting the voice for young children and supporting professionals working in the field of Early Childhood Education. Members of the Executive come from different organisation representing community based, private centres, Family day care, OOSCH services, Training organisations, consultants and universities. ECA NSW sit on many committees to be an active voice for members.

Early Learning Matters week

Throughout Australia last week Services,Families and Children advocated to Politicians and the general public. Early Learning Matters. Our regional groups were fabulous advocating the importance of learning in the Early Years.

Wallum Preschool
Armidale TAFE children walking with Early Learning Matters Hats
Mayfield Preschool – Hunter Region
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Amy Hurd Wagga – ELM Hats playing Duck Duck Goose.
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Wallum Preschool celebrating Early Learning Matters 2021
Armidale TAFE. Early Learning in action.

ECA NSW – vaccinations for all essential ECEC workers.

In an act of advocacy for the early childhood sector, ECA NSW wrote to the following NSW Ministers formally requesting priority for COVID-19 vaccinations for all essential ECEC workers:

The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian Premier of NSW, The Hon. Sarah Mitchell Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning and The Hon. Brad Hazzard Minister for Health and Medical Research. This letter has also been shared with the Independent Education Union, United Voice and the Hon. Greg Hunt, Minister for Health and Health and Aged Care.Please read a copy of the letter attached here:

Conversations Evening 1st July 7pm. Approved Learning Frameworks update

ECA NSW is very interested in being part of the update of the National Quality Learning Frameworks

A Conversations Evening will take place on Thursday 1st July at 7pm via zoom. Its your time to have a say.

Leading the discussion is former ECA NSW President, Dr Fay Hadley (Macquarie University) and Dr Linda Harrison (Macquarie University and CSU)

Fay and Linda will start the conversation and will be delighted to have input from early childhood professionals on the Frameworks. You can check out their website here https://www.mq.edu.au/faculty-of-arts/departments-and-schools/macquarie-school-of-education/our-research/research-groups/approved-learning-frameworks-update

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Linda Harrison

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Dr Louise Porter – ECA Conversations Thursday 3rd June 7pm.

Reminder for ECA NSW Conversations with Dr Louise Porter. This is your chance to have a Q&A with one of Australia’s most respected behavioural management expert.

Louise is an expert on behavioural management. Louise will give an outline of behavioural management strategies to use in Early Childhood Education and Care settings. This will be followed by an opportunity for members and friends to ask questions.

Dr Louise Porter ready to share her ideas on Behaviour. Thursday 3rd June, 7pm, 2021.

This conversation will be via Zoom on Thursday 3rd June. It will start at the new time of seven o’clock.

Registration prior the conversations is essential.

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ECA NSW Conversations with Dr Louise Porter

It is with great pleasure that we announce the next speaker for ECA NSW Conversations; Dr Louise Porter

Louise is an expert on behavioural management. Louise will give an outline of behavioural management strategies to use in Early Childhood Education and Care settings. This will be followed by an opportunity for members and friends to ask questions.

Dr Louise Porter ready to share her ideas on Behaviour. Thursday 3rd June, 7pm, 2021.

This conversation will be via Zoom on Thursday 3rd June. It will start at the new time of seven o’clock.

Registration prior the conversations is essential.

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ECA NSW Conversations evening. Working with Children in trauma

ECA NSW is pleased to be holding a conversations evening this Thursday 15th April via Zoom. New time of 7pm to 8pm

Bronwen Elliott is an independent social worker who works with families where there are significant child protection concerns. She also assists agencies working with families through training and consultation and has worked on a number of projects with early childhood education providers.

During this conversation evening Bronwen will give practical guidance on how you can work with young children. There will be time for you to ask Bronwen questions.

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Please pass on link to other educators to whom this ECA NSW Conversations Evening may be useful.

NQF Review is under way. Your turn to have a say.

Last week Gabrielle Sinclair, CEO ACECQA spoke to the NSW members in a conversations evening. She stressed how important it was for Early Childhood teachers and Educators to speak up about the NQF. Below is information about how to participate.
 
Stage 2 of the 2019 NQF Review is underway with the release of a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS) for feedback. The CRIS explores a range of issues related to 8 key areas:

Gabrielle Sinclair – CEO ACECQA urges people to comment on the NQS review
  • safety, health and wellbeing;
  • family day care;
  • outside school hours care;
  • workforce;
  • understanding of quality ratings by families;
  • changes in fees within the NQF system;
  • oversight and governance of services and providers; and
  • proposed changes to the NQF arising from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

ECA will be developing a written submission with input from ECA Branches and members. 

Watch out for an invitation to participate in a ECA members online session, where you can join Sarah Swain, General Manager, Policy and Government Relations to discuss the issues included in the CRIS.

If you can’t attend an online session, please feel free to provide your feedback to ECA via the email address below.

Want to know more?

Go to 2019 NQF Review to read about the review.

Please contact policy@earlychildhood.org.au for further information or to provide feedback on the CRIS.

ECA NSW Conversations via Zoom. Gabrielle Sinclair, CEO, ACECQA

ECA NSW’s first conversations evening, via Zoom, for 2021 is ACECQA CEO, Gabrielle Sinclair. Thursday 25th February 6.30-8pm.

Gabrielle Sinclair has been the CEO of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) since January 2017.  She has experience at Executive level in a number of Queensland Government portfolios including Corrective Services, Local Government and Planning, and Education and Training where she held the position of Deputy Director-General, Early Childhood and Community Engagement.

Gabrielle has degrees in teaching and education, a Master’s degree in Education and an Executive Master’s degree in Public Administration. 

ACECQA CEO Gabrielle Sinclair

Questions for Gabrielle can be sent to: office@nsw.earlychildhood.org.au by Friday 12th February, 2021.

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ECA NSW Conversations night. NESA accreditation. Questions answered.

ECA NSW Conversations via Zoom – Leading with Technology

Leading with Technology: Digital Spaces and Pathways for ECEC Learning and Leadership Development

The pandemic has presented unique challenges in the ECEC sector, both in terms of managing through uncertainty and navigating communication and professional development that has abruptly become overwhelmingly distance-based.

In response to these challenges digital platforms and virtual environments are changing the way we can lead and manage teams, connect with families and enhance our professional development. This webinar looks at what this means for us in being able to adapt, build capability and change mindsets towards technology as a learning tool

By the end of this session you will:

· Discover innovative digital tools and learning pathways that can make learning, interactive, interesting and sticky

· Know how to increase engagement and create safe spaces in a virtual world for educators and families

· Be able to create “leading to learn” spaces through curiosity, inquiry and collaboration that supports peer to peer learning and innovation

 Presenters :

Jason Renshaw, Goodstart Chief Learning Officer, and Claire Marriott, State Learning Partner for Goodstart Early Learning.

Date and Time : Thursday 22nd October, 2020 at 6.30 pm.

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