Riverina region ECA annual dinner

The  annual Riverina Region ECA dinner will be held this Thursday 21st September.  At the dinner, the High Achiever in Early Childhood Education, Riverina award will be presented. This has been so successful that the Riverina Region have added a new award. The Making A Difference Award. This is an inaugural award to recognise a person in the Early Childhood Education and Care Sector who has made a significant difference in the lives of children, families and educators.

The annual dinner will be held at the International Hotel, Lake Albert Rd, Wagga starting at 6pm.  Tickets $40 member, $50 non member. Book today numbers are needed by Wednesday morning.

Guest speaker this year is Rhonda Livingston, National Educational Leader for ACECQA. Rhonda will discuss the changes to the National Quality Standards. Rhonda Livingstone
Nominations for the High Achiever Award are:
Name Nominated by Place of work
Rachel Turner Danielle Lange Goodstart Early Learning, Estella
Georgina Miller Jackie Osborne Annette’s Place, Young
Sue Brady Catherine Anderson Kurrajong Early Intervention Service
Making a Difference Award Nominations:
Name Nominated by Place of work
Kathryn Simpson Jackie Osborne Annette’s Place,  Young
Elma Ralph Ashley Sturgess Goulburn Family Day Care
Rachel Turner Danielle Lange Estella Goodstart ELC, Wagga
Grace Qualteri Michele Fowler


Griffith Central Preschool
Please book on Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/RQIM . A great night out celebrating and networking with colleagues.

There’s still time to help parents act to support early learning

Dear ECA Members,

Please get behind the Every One Benefits campaign. Early Childhood Learning is so important…we know it… let’s make sure others do too.

Please copy and paste this reminder and link (directly below) to parents/carers who use your services, or copy and paste it into your email communication with parents:

‘There is still time to have your say to support children’s access to early learning.

Thanks to those who have already taken part in the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits survey—if you haven’t, there is still time to help us reach our goal of 3000 responses.

Your feedback will help the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign present our politicians with evidence of the incredible benefits children experience from quality early learning and what parents say prevents their children from participating in early learning, so that we can put pressure on political leaders to remove those barriers.’

Thank you for your support.

Everyone benefits. survey-final social graphic Every One ECA NSW – Early Learning Everyone Benefits PARENTS SURVEY COPY

Employment Essentials in the ECEC Sector. Workshops by CCSA.

CCSA is running workshops in 8 locations across NSW to help employ staff.

Every day CCSA’s Member Support team answers calls from early childhood Directors, Managers and Committee Members about how to employ staff and manage staffing changes.

Both members and non-members of CCSA are invited to attend this workshop, to benefit from our extensive sector specific experience and get the information you need to run your service effectively.

This workshop looks at the key issues raised with us through our Member Infoline, with topics including:

  • an overview of your Industrial Relations responsibilities
  • your obligations across the cycle of the employment relationship
  • approaches and tools to support compliance and effective staff management, including
    • what to include in an employment contract to comply with your obligations and support effective workplace relations
    • how to manage leave entitlements and staffing arrangements, including during parental leave and long service leave
    • how to manage temporary employment contracts and variations to permanent contracts, and
    • how to manage terminations, including notice periods and payments.

The session is aimed at Directors, Committee Members, Service Owners, Managers and Administrator. Whether you are new to your role, or are looking to refresh your knowledge and skills, you will benefit from attending.

Please click on your preferred location to register.

  • Ballina Tuesday 29 August – 9.30am  to 12.30pm
  • Armidale Wednesday 30 August – 9.30am  to 12.30pm
  • Albury Thursday 31 August – 1.00pm  to 4.00pm
  • East Maitland Wednesday 6 September – 1.00pm  to 4.00pm
  • Katoomba Friday 8 September – 9.30am  to 12.30pm
  • Batemans Bay Thursday 14 September – 9.30am  to 12.30pm
  • Castle Hill Wednesday 20 September
  • Dubbo Thursday 21 September – 9.30am  to 12.30pm

Places are limited – REGISTER TODAY. We look forward to seeing you!

Go to the CCSA Professional Development page for more information about the training and consultancies we can provide.

ECA Conversations in Wollongong – RSVP please

Just a reminder to RSVP for the conversations night to be held in Wollongong this Thursday 3rd August, 2017
University of Wollongong
Early Start Discovery Space & 21.G08


5.00pm: Optional tour of Early Start Discovery Space
6.00pm Light supper & networking
6.30-8.30pm Panel Discussions – Introduction by Cathrine Neilson-Hewitt, Senior Lecturer & Director of the Early Years, UOW


Carol Burgess, Acting Head of School SOTE CSU, (ECA NSW President), Chris Legg, CEO KU Services, Linda Windley, IACC (Illawarra South Coast Regional Representative), Anita Jovanovski, CEO NSW FDC, Meg Mendham CEO CSSA

Topics to be covered: Three year old preschool, Start Strong package, FDC today, Changes to the NQF, New provider approval information and other issues determined by the audience.

Cost $15 per head. $10 ECA Member
Bookings essential – Eventbrite: https://ecanswagm.eventbrite.com.au/

ECA NSW Conversations in Wollongong. Thursday 3rd August, 2017

Conversations Evening

ECA NSW Executive in Wollongong.

Panel discussions on topical issues in ECEC today

Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm

  Thursday 3rd August, 2017

 Where: University of Wollongong, Northfields Ave, Early Start Discovery Centre

Supper provided

 Additional tour

The University of Wollongong has kindly supported the event.  Tour of Early Start Discovery Space

Start time: 5pm. Tour to take 45-60 minutes followed by supper before ECA NSW Conversations evening.

Cost $15 per head. ECA NSW Members $10

RSVP essential. Wednesday 2nd August, 2017

Eventbrite link:     ECA NSW Conversations Evening 3rd August, 17

Everyone Benefits Parent surveys.

Dear ECA Members and Friends,

The Everyone Benefits campaign have put together a parent survey.

It would be useful if we can get thousands of parents with children in all types of ECEC services to participate.

Everyone benefits. survey-final social graphic

Read the letter attached for more information to give to parents: Every One ECA NSW – Early Learning Everyone Benefits PARENTS SURVEY COPY

or if you have a young child. Take the survey now: Everyone Benefits Parent Survey