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ECA will receive Government funding to shine a spotlight on the best ways to provide greater child care flexibility through a national scoping project. Do you know of any services with flexible arrangements in place? What are some of the challenges? http://www.alp.org.au/cm7_200813
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Our preschool has just extended it's hours to better cater to the needs of families. We have also strayed starting next year from the traditional 2 day 3 day groupings to families now being able to choose across the week, or even the one day option. Is the preschool arrangement that we once knew disappearing?
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The Coalition have released details about their proposed Paid Parental Leave Scheme over the weekend. Under a Coalition Government, families will be entitled to six months wage replacement payments for mothers earning up to $150,000 per annum, including superannuation contributions. For full details, click below.
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As the election campaign ramps up, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today unveiled a $30.6 million plan to boost the skills of about 5800 services workers in the early childhood sector, in nursing, disability support and among allied health professionals. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/election-2013/kevin-rudd-announces-skills-boost-for-community-sector/story-fn9qr68y-1226696400089
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What a big weekend! National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day, the Federal Election was called for 7 September and the Child Care in Australia report was released: http://www.mychild.gov.au/documents/docs/Child_Care_In_Australia.pdf
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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day is coming up on 4 August. The day is all about creating a space for people to come together and discuss Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s rights - Right Here Right Now: Our Rights Matter! It is also a day for celebration and pride for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Please view and share the beautifully animated promotional video: The 4th of August is National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day 2013
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A great article on early childhood inequality. "Early childhood education and care is one of the most sustainable pathways towards reducing the economic and social disparities between the rich and the poor." Have a read and let us know what you think.
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Yesterday the Greens announced a Capital Grants Fund that would see $200 million rolled out over four years to community and not-for-profit early childhood services to increase the number of places available. To read more visit: http://sarah-hanson-young.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens’-scheme-gives-childcare-centres-chance-grow
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Early childhood education books and resources sale - last 48 hours!

 Click here to see titles like Everyday learning about being green and Everyday learning about managing angry feelings for only $5.00 - http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/catalogue.html
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Do you know an inspiring early childhood educator? Nominate them for Australia's national teaching awards. Nominations close 31 July 2013. http://www.asg.com.au/neita
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Early Childhood Australia will advocate to ensure quality, social justice and equity in all issues relating to the education and care of children from birth to eight years.
 
Our values are:
  • The rights of children
  • Leadership, excellence and respect
  • Courage, honesty and openness
  • Collaboration and diversity
  • Justice
  • Social inclusion of children
 
ECA is not to be used by members as an advertising forum or for any commercial purposes. Any posts which in the opinion of ECA amount to advertising, such posts will be immediately removed at the sole discretion of ECA.

We encourage open, lively conversation with a few simple rules:
 
  •  We reserve the right to address factual errors.
  •  We will reply to comments when appropriate.
  •  If we disagree with other opinions, we will do so respectfully.
  •  You may not post anything that is spam or abusive, profane or defamatory toward a person, entity, belief or symbol.
  •  While we support lively, open discussion, we reserve the right to delete comments at our discretion.
  •  ECA is not to be used by members as an advertising forum or for any commercial purposes. Any posts which in the opinion of ECA amount to advertising, such posts will be immediately removed at the sole discretion of ECA.