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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,…
This two part evening workshop is the perfect introduction to getting to know your baby. Ideal for mums and partners. Don't let your families miss this opportunity! See the attached flyer for all the details.
Do you know how to respond to families where a parent's mental illness is a concern? Do you want to build skills and knowledge in this area? Then this training session is for you. See the attached flyer, but hurry - places are filling fast.  
Please see the flyer below on an upcoming workshop on the following: Understanding frameworks for community engagement Identifying how engagement applies across the Four Phases of Collective Impact Best practice principles for community engagement Generating ‘engaging’ questions for collective impact Undertaking appreciative community/stakeholder mapping Using innovative methods for engaging Determining what successful engagement means and forming measures of success This workshop is…
This workshop will provide your network with important information about children’s development in your local area, using the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). The AEDC enhances the focus of effort from the individual child to all children in the community. The information can be used to understand what is working well in the community, and what needs to be improved or developed, to ensure children are offered safe and nurturing learning environments where they can grow and thrive.…
Connecting Early Years Networks has full subsidies available to offer members of early years networks financial assistance to attend the 3 Day WACOSS Conference. Places are limited so please apply ASAP.  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.…
Kia Dowell is a Gija woman from Warmun Community (Turkey Creek) in the East Kimberley of Western Australia. Her traditional Aboriginal name is Wadjbarreyal and her skin name is Nangala. Kia is a business consultant and leadership coach with extensive commercial, cultural and community experience, Kia is passionate about working to support the growth of profitable and sustainable organisations that serve a greater social purpose for Aboriginal communities.…
Please see attached information about the Aboriginal Parent Support Service playgroups running at Meerilinga Children and Family Centre Beechboro and Arbor Grove Primary School Ellenbrook.  Kadadijiny 3up flyer.jpgKadadijiny Ellenbrook flyer.jpg
Dear members of early years networks, I am pleased to inform your Early Years Network that the 2015 AEDC community results are now publicly available.   The AEDC is a population measure of young children’s progress against five developmental domains. The data, collected every three years (commencing in 2009), is analysed and reported at the national, state/territory and AEDC community levels (based on the suburb/town in which children live).   With data sets covering three collections,…
Please find the attached flier outlining the opportunity to take part in focus groups to discuss therapeutic and supportive playgroups for children with developmental delay and/or disabilities and their families. The focus groups are part of the Learn, Engage and Play (LEaP) Study conducted by Curtin University. The overall aim of the research is to develop and evaluate a therapeutic playgroup for children with development delay and their families.…
In 2016 the Connecting Early Years Networks program is inviting stakeholders in the early years space to write an article, This month we had the pleasure of Ms Bree Wager from Telethon Kids Institute to share her experiences with engaging with local community to improve outcomes for children.…
The Literacy Matters - State Library of Western Australia Literacy Strategy 2016 - 2026, has been developed in response to consultations by Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research, Development of a Literacy Framework for the State Library of Western Australia. The report recommends the State Library leads the development of a literacy strategy to be applied across state-wide, cross sector literacy organisations.…
Friday, 29 January 2016                                       Page Content Regional child care centres receive more than $238,000 in grants Part of four-year, $9.3 million commitment to regional child care services  The State Government has committed more than $238,000 towards the future of regional child care centres across Western Australia, made possible by Royalties for Regions.   Community Services Minister Tony Simpson today announced grants totaling $238,…
All Western Australian children in their early years and their families benefit when networks are strong and connected to their local community. One way networks try to maintain this connection is by understanding the needs of families and children. A common feature of early years networks is their ability to circulate information among themselves and remain current with the needs of their community. To help networks build on their knowledge base,…
Dear members of early years networks You are invited to participate in the Connecting Early Years Networks survey. The survey closes in two weeks and we would like to encourage all members of early years networks to take this opportunity to provide positive feedback.   The purpose of this survey is to allow WACOSS to continue working effectively with early years networks.…
Edith Cowan University are conducting research and are looking for participants. The project deals with the influence of grandparents on the health of grandchildren. Participating is completely optional and would greatly help the early years sector as it would add value to what great resources are out there, it could also help influence services and supports in your community! Interested? check out the poster for more information.
We are very excited to be in the early stages of planning a one day forum for you, in early March. The purpose of the forum  is to provide early years networks with an opportunity to come together and share in a day of learning and networking, with the theme of Increasing the Impact of your Early Years Network within the Community.…

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