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  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.…
Network Newsletter
Banner line.png August 2016 Edition  kids reading.jpg The team are really excited to have the opportunity to share the first edition of the Early Years Networks Newsletter!    A Newsletter will be sent out Bi-Monthly and will provide a platform to showcase and share the great work that Early Years Networks are doing in their communities.    Firstly here is a summary of what the Connecting Early Years Networks Project (CEYNP) is if you aren’t entirely familiar with us yet!…
(Taken from the Nature WA website) Join some of the world’s pre-eminent speakers on the positive impact of nature on children’s health, wellbeing and education during this packed-program one-day event, MCed by comedian Peter Rowsthorn. Hear from two world-leaders on the health impacts of nature, the CEO of one of the world’s best environmental education centres, one of America’s most effective campaigners for the getting kids outdoors,…
Writing Winning Grants for Early Years Networks   What is it about? Come along to the FREE workshop and be introduced to the funding environment, including how and where to access funding opportunities for community activities and child development.…
Engaging Dads in your Early Years Networks   What is it about? This is an opportunity to hear from Gary Segal (Program Leader, Meerilinga) about how to engage dads in your early years network. We know a few networks have had Gary come along to meetings to speak about this topic. Engaging dads can be a little different to engaging mothers, so register and tune in to hear about how your network can break down barriers for dads and make them feel included in your network.…
      Collaboration for Change: A Workshop for Early Years Networks   Come along to the FREE workshop facilitated by Kylie Hansen. Kylie has hands on management experience across the not-for-profit, government and corporate sectors, specialising in organisational development and strategic project planning and deployment. Kylie also has also completed the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at UWA, and sits on the Boards of Linkwest and SCALES Community Legal Service.…
The Society of Professional Social Workers http://ems.mironet.com.au/link.php?M=1372614&N=2286&L=8931&F=H (SPSW), in partnership with Ngala Community Services http://ems.mironet.com.au/link.php?M=1372614&N=2286&L=9082&F=H, presents a workshop aimed to build the confidence of human service workers to develop skills and use strategies and interventions that can assist clients from CaLD backgrounds to have the best possible outcomes. The workshop, presented by Radha de Mel,…
On 2nd of November, the Connecting Early Years Networks Support Program Is hosting the next get together for early years networks called Early Years Networks Have Talent   This will be a one day event for networks to come together and showcase their work. We also have Professor Fiona Stanley along for some extra inspiration!…
This interactive one day workshop is a learning opportunity for members of Early Years Networks. It aims to provide a deeper understanding of working in partnership with families to support better outcomes for young children and their families, and how to be more responsive to the needs of children and their families. Participants can expect to gain a better understanding of how to engage and involve parents and the benefits of doing so.…
 The Commissioner’s Child Safe Organisations WA program promotes and supports the implementation of child safe principles and practices in organisations in Western Australia. The program aims to help agencies identify and manage any risks that affect the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, including physical and sexual abuse, bullying and accidental injury. Child safe principles promote a culture where the safety,…
  The Connecting Early Years Networks Support Program invites members of early years networks to a free workshop; Creating Partnerships with Parents to Build your Early Years Networks   WACOSS in partnership with Ngala is offering this one day workshop for parents and members of early years networks. Here participants can examine the skills and practices necessary to work in partnerships with families and; • Examines the values and principles involved in engaging parents in services.…
Early Childhood Australia are providing a module on Reconciliation in Action. This module provides an overview of Australia’s Indigenous history and contemporary society including an exploration of how personal knowledge and beliefs impact on your experience of Reconciliation. It will also look at your knowledge and beliefs that form the foundation for building Reconciliation in your organisation/program.…
The Office of Multicultural Interests, in partnership with the City of Wanneroo, will be hosting a funding forum that brings together key funding providers to talk about opportunities available for community projects. Date:             Tuesday 9 August 2016 Time:             6.00—8.00pm (registration from 5.30pm) Venue:           Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre                        3 Rocco Way, Wanneroo Seven funding providers will present at the forum,…
The latest article features volunteers and how they can add value to your network. This article has been written by Lorena Castelo (Manager Volunteer Services, Volunteering WA). Prior to commencing at Volunteering WA, Lorena Castelo volunteered at various organisations in different countries around the world while studying. One role was at a school in a very disadvantaged community in Brazil and another was at an after school group servicing the disadvantaged in a metro city in the US.…
The Connecting Early Years Networks program would like to invite members of early years networks in the Peel region to attend a customised workshop focusing on; o Acknowledgment of your own culture and experiences o An understanding of Aboriginal culture and history with a particular focus on Aboriginal parenting and child-rearing practices o Recognition of the ongoing impacts of past government policy and the Stolen Generations This workshop will also discuss the value of ensuring Aboriginal…
Early childhood is the most critical phase of human development. Research confirms that this is a period of rapid physical and mental growth and change. These early years offer the greatest opportunity for positive human development but conversely, also the greatest risk for children. Parents are natural authorities in what is best for their children.…
Mandurah Families Guide
The City of Mandurah in collaboration with a number of local services providers has created a Mandurah Families Guide http://www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/services/families%20guide - a useful resource for local families. It contains fun things to do with children, local support services and useful parenting links and hotlines.
Connecting Early Years Networks would like to invite members of early years networks to attend a customised workshop focusing on: An introduction to the Collective Impact approach A practical application of how an early years network can apply the Collective Impact framework to build their sustainability Look at how this approach can give networks a focus on achieveable outcomes that make a difference This will be an interactive workshop for members of early years networks to learn from each…
Children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities and New Humanitarian Migrants   Dear Early Years Networks   WACOSS and the CEYN Team are gauging interest in a program and resources to help Networks and early years services to better support developmentally vulnerable children from these communities and better engage with their families.   Are there many children from CALD and recent humanitarian families in your community?…
As you know, each year WACOSS submits a Pre-Budget Submission to the State Government. It highlights priority areas for service funding for the next State Budget on behalf of the community services sector, and is one of our most effective tools for influencing our State Government's decision making. The Submission provides a high level analysis of the key priorities of the community services sector, which we are seeking to have addressed by the WA Government through the State Budget.…
Do you want to learn how to grow your Early Years network? Do you want to keep up-to-date with what's happening in the sector? Do you want to know how your network can stand out? Connecting Early Years Team is bringing you an Early Years Portal Training Webinar on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 10:00 AM  that will help you achieve all those things. Learn how you can do more by attending this webinar from the comfort of your home or office.…
  Blooming Together: mums and bubs is a free lifestyle intervention for women with obesity that run as a mums and bubs style group. The intervention addresses obesity promoting behaviours, and delivers evidence based infant nutrition and active play advice to mothers in the first 3-12 months of their baby's life. We are coming to the end of a pilot trial of the program in Rockingham,…

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