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CoLab launches new resources in  Brain Development in Early Childhood and Poverty and Inequality

 

 Drawing on the research of the Telethon Kids Institute and other leading early childhood organisations, CoLab seeks to provide a repository of current research and information, that is easily accessible, understandable and practical for a range of audiences including policymakers, practitioners, educators, researchers and the community.

 

Click on the link to access this information https://colab.telethonkids.org.au/resources/research-overviews/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CoLab%20eNews%20-%20September%202017&utm_content=CoLab%20eNews%20-%20September%202017+CID_2986a4a87122c6b20d8a5e535cc22610&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=brain%20development%20in%20early%20childhood

  To listen to Professor Cross speaking about the latest research on the use of digital devices for young children click on the below link; http://www.abc.net.au/radio/perth/programs/mornings/donna-cross-2/9081388 http://www.abc.net.au/radio/perth/programs/mornings/donna-cross-2/9081388
A blueprint for social and economic change to help achieve the inclusive, just and equitable society we all desire. Further information is attached and a link to the Pre-Budget submission document. Put compassion at the heart of our community 301017.pdf http://wacoss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/WACOSS-PBS-2018-2019.pdf http://wacoss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/WACOSS-PBS-2018-2019.pdf 
The Telethon Kids Institute has been contracted by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training to undertake research into how the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is currently being used in Australian schools, communities, government and non-government organisations, and by other relevant stakeholders.…
Hi Everyone, We understand that the Health Department is making changes to the scheduling of child health checks so that checks will now be recommended for children at the age of 2 years and then again in the pre-primary year.  Some members have raised concerns about the long gap an potential missed opportunity to screen children for potential developmental delay between the ages of 2 and 5. We would be really interested in your views on this?  Please let us know your thoughts?
eyn-newsletter-september-2017 (3).pdf Please see attached a copy of the September addition of the Connecting Early Years Network Support Program Newsletter.  
A child safe and friendly organisation values children and understands safety doesn’t just happen. A commitment to protecting children is embedded in the organisation’s culture and is understood and accepted by everyone. The WA Children's Commissioner  has developed a range of resources to support organisations to develop child safe strategies – balancing the focus on child safety with continued positive interactions and environments that contribute to healthy development.…
ECA Play Summit flyer.docx Please see attached flyer for event and registration details.
The City of Belmont is  hosting Protective Behaviour Education Workshops in partnership with Holly-ann Martin from Safe4Kids. Protective Behaviours is a personal safety program teaching empowerment, communication, self-esteem, resilience, social skills and other life skills to children from birth to 12 years. Once again these workshops are free! Workshop 1: Tuesday 5 September. 6 – 8pm, Ruth Faulkner Public Library.   Workshop 2: Wednesday 6 September. 10am – 12noon,…
The Person Brain Model™ is a powerful, trauma informed strength-based training that provides essential positive behaviour support skills.  The model is grounded in research and incorporates the best of practical brain-based concepts, trauma theories, relational practices, ecological psychology and culturally-responsive interventions to help transform challenging behaviours.…
Good morning I have in recent days heard much public commentary aimed at encouraging political and community leaders to hear and respond to the views of WA children and young people. Since the creation of the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA in December 2007, more than 11,400 WA children and young have been consulted by this office. The topics of these consultations have been varied and reflect the complex issues unfortunately affecting children and young people’s wellbeing,…
 Masterclass 1: Contemporary Trends in Parenting Support Date: Tuesday, 19th September Time: 1 pm - 4 pm Venue:  The Boulevard Centre, Floreat The scientific evidence for the importance of parenting in shaping children’s development and wellbeing continues to build. This workshop will provide an update on recent research on the impacts of parenting on children’s development, as well as an overview of contemporary thinking on the nature and purpose of parenting support.…
New Resources Added
Recently some Early Years Networks have requested sample Terms of Reference Documents to look at as they develop TOR for their EYN. Under the resource section/other documents in the portal you will find sample TOR, EYN meeting agenda and minutes samples and a sample EYN Action plan template, please feel free to utilise these resources with your Early Years Network. 
  Seminar being held on Tuesday August 29 from 6-8pm to register in Wembley, to register clock  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/www-social-and-emotional-learning-of-children-online-and-offline-tickets-27622419400 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/www-social-and-emotional-learning-of-children-online-and-offline-tickets-27622419400
      Banner line.png   kids reading.jpg Welcome to the June edition of the Connecting Early Years Network Support Project Newsletter  Line.png Business Case - Connecting Early Years Networks Support Project Update Earlier in 2017 the Connecting Early Years Networks Support Project developed a Business Case requesting ongoing funding to support the continuation of the CEYNSP for Early Years Networks.…
Earlier in 2017 the Connecting Early Years Networks Support Project developed a Business Case requesting ongoing funding to support the continuation of the CEYNSP for Early Years Networks.  The continuation of a backbone model is supported by the Project Reference Group and more broadly by Early Years Networks across the State.  Two year pilot project funding ceased  on June 30th 2017 and WACOSS has presented the Business Case to various Government Departments.…
The Telethon Kids Institute have kindly shared a link with the EYN team to their website which features resources from Dr Jack Shonkoff from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University who recently visited CoLab as an esteemed CoLab Visiting Scholar. Dr Shonkoff has kindly agreed to share his presentations with you on Building the Skills of Caregivers  .…
What happens to children in their early years matters a great deal. Improving children’s development through the critical early period can have transformative social and economic impacts.  Local Governments can play an essential role in this as they are the closest sphere of government to where children grow, learn, live and play.  As Local Governments across Western Australia complete their Strategic Community Plans,…
What happens to children in their early years matters a great deal. Improving children’s development through the critical early period can have transformative social and economic impacts. Communities, including local Governments can play an essential role, because they are the closest sphere of government to where children grow, learn, live and play. As Local governments across Western Australia complete, their Strategic Community Plans now is the time to get children in the early years,…
Creating peaceful and quality programs in group care can be challenging. Early Childhood Educators in Perth have the opportunity to learn about Magda Gerber's respectfully Educaring® Approach to caregiving, and learn how to build authentic relationships with the infants and toddlers in their care. Being with Baby is very excited to announce the first RIE® FOUNDATIONS: THEORY & OBSERVATION™ course to be held in June.   This approach gives a new perspective on how we view even the youngest infant,…
Each Early Years Network will receive a copy of the Resource Kit for Starting and Sustaining an Early Years Network in the mail,  within the next few weeks. Please look out for your copy and share it with members of your Early Years Network, it is full of useful tips, resources , tools and information aimed at supporting you in your work.
Thank you to everyone who applied for the 8 subsidies that we had available for the Early Childhood Conference in March 2017.  The successful applicants have been notified and we will have representation from 4 Regional and 4 Metropolitan Early Years Networks. Members of the Esperance, Albany, Warren- Blackwood, Collie, Wanneroo and Surrounds, Link,…
  Banner line.png   kids reading.jpg  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…. Line.png State Election https://dropin.org.au/download/attachments/110630357/zzzz.jpg?version=1&modificationDate=1484813163000&api=v2   WACOSS and the Connecting Early Years Network Support Project is a part of the WA Peaks http://www.wacoss.org.au/sector_development/peaks-forum.…
Let’s Count is an early mathematics program for children aged three to five, developed by The Smith Family and Professor Bob Perry from Charles Sturt University and Associate Professor Ann Gervasoni from Monash University. The Let’s Count program is a free innovative, evidence based program designed to improve the mathematics skills of children aged three to five.  The program supports parents and early years educators to develop the maths skills of the children in their care by noticing,…
The Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit has launched his Child Safe Organisations WA program, an initiative that aims to establish a state-wide focus on keeping children safe when they are in the care of government and community-based organisations.   Mr Pettit said that children and young people have the right to feel safe and respected wherever they are.…
image2017-1-31 14:26:55.png 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 http://ecld17.…
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.…
The Pillowcase Project
Early Years Networks may be interested in the Pillowcase Project, a resilience education program designed to help build student knowledge and capacity in disaster preparedness for schools.
Please find attached a letter to share with you some information and resources we believe will be of great benefit to your Early Years Network. The letter covers advice and information on the updated and revised edition of the Resource Kit for Starting and Sustaining Early Years Networks and Early Years Networks Engagement of Local Government.      
Ngala invite service providers in Perth to partner with us for a free workshop to begin   the exploration of the local needs of long distance commuting families and   their use of services. This is a repeat workshop for those who were unable to attend the previous workshops in 2015 -16. The workshop   will cover:   - Fly-in fly-out and drive-in drive-out in your region,   - Issues faced by a commuting worker and their family, and   - Service needs of commuting workers and their families.…
This webinar is brought to you by 1800RESPECT as part of the Stand Together against Domestic and Family Violence campaign during the 16 Days of Action, 25 November – 10 December. Please see below. To receive special webinar invitations or recordings as well as new resources, videos, and Apps released by 1800RESPECT during the 16 Days of Action please register for the updated 1800RESPECT Frontline Worker Toolkit here https://www.1800respect.org.au/campaignkit/.…
  Banner line.png   kids reading.jpg The team have had a very busy few months since our last newsletter. We are very sad and happy all at the same time to say goodbye to Dianne Casotti our Learning Development Officer as she leaves to start her own family! Dianne’s contribution to the Project has been invaluable and she will be greatly missed by the team and all the staff at WACOSS. We wish her well in her future endeavours and her own early years network at home!  Line.…
 Mental Health in the Early Years  - Meerilinga invites Early Childhood professionals to a free presentation by 2016-17 Thinker in Residence Professor Jane Burns and Professor Donna Cross during Children's Week 2016.
The Valuing Children Initiative Benchmark Survey: 2016 (the Survey) has found that 80% of Australians are concerned about the health and happiness of future generations of Australian children. ‘Childhood obesity and mental health were highlighted as being particular issues of concern,’ Linda Savage, the Convenor of the Valuing Children Initiative said. ‘In Australia today approximately one in four children are overweight, or obese,…
Theatre performance for children and families to tour the Pilbara All Aboard the Spinifex Express! The historic train that ran from Port Hedland to Marble Bar from 1911 to 1951 is the inspiration for an all-singing, all-dancing interactive theatre show that has been awarded a regional grant to undertake a tour of the Pilbara. All Aboard the Spinifex Express is a partnership between IBN Corporation, Regional Development Australia Pilbara (RDA Pilbara),…
Thanks to Kim Hamilton from Ngala on sharing this interesting report. http://www.parentingrc.org.au/images/Publications/Perceptions_of_Parenting_FrameWorks_Report_2016_web-lr.pdf http://www.parentingrc.org.au/images/Publications/Perceptions_of_Parenting_FrameWorks_Report_2016_web-lr.pdf
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Setting Boundaries Workshop
Setting limits whilst still being a loving parent is an important part of raising responsible children.  This introductory workshop addresses what boundaries are, why they are important and how parents can help children perceive boundaries for themselves. Free workshop facilitated by CLAN WA Inc and hosted my Mission Australia Early Learning.  Bookings essential on workshops@clanwa.com.au mailto:workshops@clanwa.com.au or phone 94770400   Setting boundaries workshop clan and Mission.jpg
Achieving positive outcomes for children in their early years depends on all of us – parents, services, governments and the whole community working together. Find out how your Early Years Networks and Local Government can work together to ensure children thrive in their communities. This workshop, presented in partnership by The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) and WACOSS, will show you how. Designed for members of Networks and local government employees,…
A one day event providing the opportunity to explore the Collective Impact journey in WA through the lens of current national and international learning and experiences. Be inspired by national and international thought leaders. Learn together with local catalysing champions. Gain practical knowledge for immediate application in your own practice and community. For booking information please see the link below: http://e.mybookingmanager.com/CollaborationInComplexity http://e.mybookingmanager.…
WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 5:30 PM This workshop style seminar will offer participants the opportunity to understand what sensory processing looks like in the home, day-care, school and community environments and learn to identify the signs and effects of faulty sensory processing.  As a TEAM, participants will explore practical, SENSE-ABLE sensory,…
    You’re invited!   As a member of an early years network you are invited to attend the Early Years Networks Have Talent What is this day about? This is a one day forum for members of early years networks and invited key champions to share ideas and practices about the experiences of early years networks in supporting their community. It has been a while since all the early years networks in WA got together.…
 Please check out the link below for the Child Australia e-newsletter for August 2016. http://www.childaustralia.org.au/Images/Publications/Child-Times/e-child_august.aspx http://www.childaustralia.org.au/Images/Publications/Child-Times/e-child_august.aspx   
A dad's relationship with their children plays an important part in their development, especially in the early years. We often think about how best to engage parents in support services however what is not often spoken about is how to engage fathers. We spoke with Gary Segal from Meerilinga who provided some interesting points that can be overlooked when engaging fathers. To read more, please see the article attached below.…
Joey Maths Parenting Workshops
Utter Learning has launched its inspiring Joey Maths Parenting Workshops. The aim of Joey Maths is to provide the tools and knowledge for parents to confidently build their child's understanding of the 10 essential maths concepts that form the foundation for future maths success. The workshop runs for 90 minutes and the anticipated audience is playgroup members, parenting groups, grandparents and anyone who cares for children aged from birth to 4 years old. There are explanations of playful,…
The Valuing Children Initiative is aiming to have all children and at forefront of our thoughts. It aims to inspire Australians to value all children and to understand that the wellbeing of children is everybody's business in the community. Their vision is the a society in which all children can flourish, have a safe, caring and supportive childhood and maximise on their potential.…
How does your early years network engage with parents?   As a member of an early years network you are invited to attend the Creating Partnerships with Parents to Build your Early Years Network. What can you expect on the day? An opportunity to build on broader principles and practices for engagement with parents. This workshop has been customised for early years networks and brought to you in partnership from Ngala and WACOSS.…

The Connecting Early Years Networks portal has been purpose built for the Early Years Networks. Here the networks can

  • Search for networks in a region

  • Share information 

  • Share resources

  • Promote their events

  • Post discussions about current issues 

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.

 

"As a member of two early years networks, I am a big advocate for using the Early Years network portal. This resource has been a bit of dream for many years – that one place to go to connect with each other and share resources with other early years groups. It is great to see this dream come  to fruition and see so many people using it. The more of us that are on there, the better it will become, so I highly recommend signing up if you haven’t already and check out all of the resources, start sharing stories and connect with other networks across the state."

Karen Dales-Anderson

“Members of the Pilbara Early Years Group Network, as part of the WACOSS Connecting Early Years Portal find the view ahead with the training and presentations calendar of events, most valuable.  This information allows regional people to view not only online webinars coming up months in advance, but also the training and presentation opportunities coming to regional centres, as well those being provided in Perth.  It’s vital for regional members to have a clear view well in advance of what’s on offer, given that both staffing and travel/distance challenges, are ever present”. Debbie Allcott