Happy New Year everyone! We hope you all had a lovely and rested festive period.

We have lots to share with you for our new year newsletter….

State Election


WACOSS and the Connecting Early Years Network Support Project is a part of the WA Peaks - the collective voice of the Human Services Sector in WA.

A strong, independent and diverse community sector is fundamental to the well-being and vibrancy of the Western Australian community. The community service sector’s role in caring, supporting and advocating for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community has never been more important.

Independent systemic advocacy is crucial to delivering better outcomes for the most vulnerable. It needs to be properly supported and funded by government.

Early Years Networks have an opportunity to respond to the issues that the WA Peaks will be advocating on relating to children and young people.


  • Children and young people are our investment in the future.
  • Since family plays the critical role in their development and support, stronger families are crucial to creating better communities.
  • We urgently need to improve outcomes for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people in Western Australia. We can deliver better long-term outcomes by building connected.     
  • Collaborative wrap around systems of support, comprised of services that are holistic and individualised.
  • We need to invest in more effective prevention and early intervention strategies and involve service users and community organisations in the co-design, development and evaluation of services.


1.Pilot a place based pooled-budgeting model to commission integrated early years, youth and family services in three trial sites

2.Build the capacity of Aboriginal community controlled services to deliver therapeutic healing, intensive family support and child protection services

3.Trial intensive transitional support models for young people leaving state care and detention

4.Create incentives for employers to hire young people in order to address youth unemployment in key regions and areas

Please click on the link below to access information on how you can get involved with this. 



Early Years Champions

The Newsletter provides a platform to share good news stories from early years networks! 

Here is a story of how the Zig Zag Early Years Partnership (ZZEYP) formed and how they have developed a positive working partnership with the Local Shire of Kalamunda. If your own network has a story they would like to be featured here please get in touch with team!

“In 2006 a small community group in the foothills suburbs of the Shire of Kalamunda initiated a trial project to see how their young children were travelling using a survey called AEDC (Australian Early Development Census). After the 2006 results were made known, the community group broadened to include school principals, early years teachers, church leaders, child health nurses and others, with the object of starting programs to promote children's healthy development. These programs included library story times, playgroups, music and movement groups, walking groups for mothers, parenting programs, production of calendars with parent information, all designed to give practical assistance to parents and carers in the huge task of raising a child. Along the way, as the Shire of Kalamunda gave funding to some specific projects, all the suburbs of the Shire, not only the foothills, became included in the group which is now known as the Zig Zag Early Years Partnership (ZZEYP).

Further AEDC surveys were held nationally in 2009, 2012, 2015, all adding to the accumulation of data and trends enabling measurement of the outcomes of the programs. Some real improvements were noted!! The Shire always had staff representatives at workshops held to promote this data and information. Shire staff, particularly library staff, began attending all monthly meetings of ZZEYP, and took on a minute-taking role. In mid-2015 the Shire's CEO was invited to attend a meeting with the ZZEYP members, the main purpose of which was to discuss the possibility of employing an Early Years Coordinator. The CEO stressed the need for the group to prepare rigorous strategic planning which could then be applied to the local government's systematic budget process. With the cooperation of well-experienced ZZEYP members and Shire staff, this process was undertaken.

The ZZEYP remained active within the community, and in 2016 the Shire extended the duties of its Youth Officer to include up to 7 hours per week on specifically Early Years responsibilities. At this point the work of finalising an Action Plan for January 2017 – December 2018 was completed by Shire staff and ZZEYP members. The Shire's role includes providing administrative support to the partnership and being a contact point for all Shire-related activities or information, as well as contributing as an active member of the coordination group. 

Already some great connections and collaborations are emerging from this closer level of involvement by the Youth Officer and we expect this to continue as the partnership expands its activities and community reach in the future”


Training Opportunities

The project will be offering more FREE training opportunities for members of Early Years Networks.

Please see below our scheduled training for 2017.

To book into or enquire about any of the training below please contact the team at eyn@wacoss.org.au.

Early Years Networks Portal Training

The Connecting Early Years Networks Portal is purpose built for early years networks and stakeholders throughout Western Australia. It is FREE to join and provides a collaborative space for:

  • Networking and connecting online
  • Posting dates of meetings, training and networking opportunities
  • Storing documents and resources relevant to the early years sector
  • Linkages with training and professional development opportunities within the sector. We invite people to share training resources and tool kits.
  • Engaging in information sharing and discussion  on matters relating to the early years sector.
  • Connecting with other community members and early years services providers.

This portal has many features networks can personally customise for their group. Most of the information on this space is publicly available so you can promote the great work being done by your network and encourage wider support of the network from new members.

To access the benefits of the Portal please register by clicking here. To be taken through to the Portal and have a look around please click here.

Below is our training dates for February 2017.

In Person Portal Training

Wednesday 8 February 2017

9.30am – 11.30am

Venue -  Parenting Centre for Excellence, 28 Alvan Street, Mount Lawley

Portal Online Webinar

Tuesday 14th February 2017

3pm – 4pm

Venue - At the comfort of your own PC/Laptop

We can also send you a recording of the webinar if you cannot make this time.

Please email us at eyn@wacoss.org.au to be added to the list.

Ngala – Engaging Parents in your Early Years Network


WACOSS in partnership with Ngala is offering workshops for early years networks seeking to engage and include parents in their network. There has been four workshops held in the Metro and Regional areas in 2016 and the feedback has been extremely positive.

If your network is keen to broaden its understanding of genuine community engagement and working in partnership with parents, then round up your fellow network members and come along to our final two workshops.   

To maximize the impact of the workshop we recommended that multiple representatives from your networks attend. 

Please see below the two dates for 2017:-

Metro Training

Wednesday 8th March 2017

9am – 4pm

Venue  - Metropolitan (venue to be confirmed)

Regional Training

Thursday 23 March 2017

9am – 4pm

Venue  - Wheatbelt Regional Education Office, Conference Room, Northam


Program released for Self-Directed Services: Empowering and Transforming Lives


We are excited to release the programs for the week of events on Self-Directed Services (27 February – 4 March 2017), hosted by WACOSS in conjunction with In Control Scotland. This includes a masterclass focussed on Designing Self-Directed Support for Children in Care (further information below).

Self-Directed Services: Empowering and Transforming Lives Forum - 27 Feb 2017

See the program here; register here

Designing Self-Directed Support for Children in Care - 28 Feb 2017 – program attached.

This session is designed for anyone working in service provision; families and young people themselves who want to explore how self-directed support has helped children in care and their families achieve long-term outcomes, and why this approach makes good economic sense. Hear about a range of pragmatic solutions and individualised self-directed planning approaches including the use of individualised budgets. Click here to register.

Other masterclasses we are running include:

Designing (and Learning from) Self-Directed Support for People with Disabilities and Mental Health Concerns - 1 March 2017 - view the program here; register here

Designing Individualised Support Solutions for People with Complex Needs - 2 March 2017 – note: registrations for this workshop are strictly limited. View the program here; register here

We welcome service users, their families and carers.

It is important to ensure that consumers/carers and service users who want to learn about Self-directed Services are able to do so.  Tim and Kate are bringing international expertise but it needs to be grounded in the real experience of people in a Western Australian context.  We are pleased to advise that we are able to offer places to consumers/carers at cost price only, to cover catering costs.  This will be $50 for the 27 February or $30 for the masterclasses.

We have attached a flyer for the entire week’s events – please support a diversified exploration of SDS by helping us get it out to as many people, families and service providers as possible!

Master Class with Dr Dan Siegel – New Insights into disorganised attachment


An exciting opportunity to attend a master class by Dr Dan Siegel  - 31 March 2017.

New Insights into Disorganised Attachment

This engaging 3 ½ hour masterclass is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for clinicians, therapists, counsellors, educators and researchers interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of developmental trauma in children, unresolved trauma in adults, and affect dysregulation, by one of the world’s leading neuropsychiatrists. Dan Siegel will take participants through the latest intervention methods for treating disassociation and the practical application for various settings.

Join us in this EXCLUSIVE event as we welcome Dr Dan Siegel to Western Australia.

Dan Siegel - Biography
Daniel Siegel, MD is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in paediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Centre, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Centre for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational centre devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siegel is the founding editor of the Norton Professional series on Interpersonal Neurobiology, now with 50 textbooks in publication.

His books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind, Second Edition, The Mindful Therapist, The Mindful Brain, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, MEd), and the three New York Times bestsellers: Brainstorm, The Whole-
Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD), and his latest No-Drama Discipline (with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD).

He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx.

Please click on the link below to book in!



Community Grants Hubs

The Department of Social Services has launched the Community Grants Hub website.

Hub website offers information about grant opportunities for community services from the Department of Social Services (DSS) and other Commonwealth Government agencies. The website also offers easy to understand information to help organisations apply for and manage grants.

In future, this DSS subscription list will be used to communicate broader community grant activities from the Community Grants Hub.  This means that, from 1 December 2016, you will receive subscriber emails from ‘Community Grants Hub’, not ‘DSS Grants’.

Please contact 
support@communitygrants.gov.au if you would like further information.

Child Australia Subsidies


The Connecting Early Years Networks Support Project (CEYNSP) has 8 full subsidies available to offer members of early years networks financial assistance to attend the 2017 Early Childhood Learning and Development Conference hosted by Child Australia on Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1 2017 at Crown Perth. Travel and accommodation are not included. For further information on the conference and to view the conference program click here                                                                                         

Why should members of the Early Years Networks attend?

The conference program is jam-packed with sessions exploring issues and good practices directly relating to supporting children in the early years and their families to thrive.

If you wish to apply for a subsidy please click here to access the application form. 

Application forms must be returned no later than the 10th February 2017

If you have any questions, please contact the team at eyn@wacoss.org.au 


Introducing a Reference Group Member

The Project is guided by a Reference Group which provides invaluable advice and support to our work. We are pleased to share with you information on our Reference Group Members who will introduce themselves in each Newsletter.



 My name is Karen Dales-Anderson and I am an Early Childhood Officer at the City of Wanneroo, and have been in this role since February 2013. I have also spent much time in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector, both in Family Day Care and Long Day Care settings as an educator, Centre Director and Area Manager.

The City of Wanneroo has two full time Early Childhood Officers and an Early Childhood  Strategy and Policy, which is of  great credit to a Local Government (LG),  and shows the importance placed on the Early Years.  My role is a nice mix of community and strategic work and having an Early Childhood Strategy certainly speaks to what I do on a day to day basis.

I am a member of the Wanneroo and Surrounds Early Years (WASEY) network and the City of Wanneroo is the backbone organization supporting this network. We organize the agendas, take the minutes and distribute information to members weekly. The meetings are rotated across venues and the Chairperson is also rotated amongst the members. Having a LG so heavily invested in the Early Years network is of great advantage to the group. Equally so having the network working so closely with the LG is of great advantage to the City of Wanneroo!

I am very passionate about supporting both LG’s and Early Years networks in sharing this space and working together to improve outcomes for children.

I am more than happy to share my journey with anyone who is trying to work towards a more collaborative model  in their communities, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you think I could help in any way.

My contact details are: E: karen.dales-anderson@wanneroo.wa.gov.au   P 9405 5907


The WA Inclusion Agency

The WA Inclusion Agency facilitates and assists Early Childhood and Child Care Services with resources and practical support to promote and maintain high quality inclusive practices in early learning environments. The aim of the WA Inclusion Agency is to build the capacity and capability of Early Childhood and Child care Services to include all children, including those with high support needs.

The Inclusion Support Programme is a free service to eligible Early Childhood and Child Care Services and has Inclusion Professionals working at a local level to assist with increasing the knowledge and skills of Educators to remove the barriers to access for children with additional needs to better facilitate the inclusion of all children enrolled in the service.

The Inclusion Support Programme is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. WA Inclusion Agency services are delivered by Communicare in partnership with One Tree Community Services and Wanslea Early Learning & Development.

Members of the programme are making contact with Early Years Networks across the state - either in person or by call. For more information, please contact the WA Inclusion Agency on 1800 119 247.


Resources - Useful Links and Websites

Please see below some very useful resources provided by Professor Donna Cross Telethon Kids Institute for members of early years networks to access.

They are specific to working with aboriginal children, families and young mums.

Yarning about Parenthood and your bub –


Pilbara documentary celebrates Aboriginal mothering traditions and lessons learned from raising bush babies -


WA Country Health Service – Young Mums Film Series



Contact Us

If you have any questions please contact us.  We want to hear from you!!  If your network has a good news stories you want to showcase on our Newsletters we want to hear all about it! 

We can be contacted at: eya@wacoss.org.au or alternatively call 08 6279 1203.


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