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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.…
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 Western Australian Community Resource Network (WACRN) is made of over 100 rural, remote and regional Community Resource Centres (CRCs). The CRCs are not-for-profit organisations independently owned and operated by their local community. The CRCs connect the community to services, information and local government. They provide access to an array of services including professional development, administration, technology, health and family support to name a few. They also provide accredited,…
Children across Perth have the chance to join a free program focusing on healthy eating, positive behaviours and fun games and activities for kids.    The 10-week Better Health Program is for children aged between 7-13 years who are above a healthy weight and their families.  Programs are being run during term time at local leisure and community venues. Funded by WA Department of health, the program is completely free of charge for families and registrations are on a first in basis.…
The December 2015 Commissioner's update released reports that may be of interest to early years networks; Consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children http://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/content/Consultation-with-Aboriginal-and-Torres-Strait-Islander-children.aspx#ATSI%20seminar%20resources Children's Wellbring - Have Your Say https://www.surveymonkey.…
Building babies brains
  A great article by Community Educator, Wendy Muller and the research team from Ngala on the Developing brain in Utero and beyond. You can see the full article online in the Offspring magazine http://www.offspringmagazine.com.au/babies/building-babies-brains-2/ http://www.offspringmagazine.com.au/babies/building-babies-brains-2/
The Drug and Alcohol Office (DAO) are provided an e-learning course on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders which has been developed in collaboration with the Telethon Kids Insititute. It provides an overview of alcohol use and women, the impact of alcohol on the developing fetus, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) diagnosis, and FASD prevention including brief interventions and screening. The course is targeting people who work in human services with women of child bearing age,…
The Telethon Kids Institute (TKI) are creating a collaborative network with consumers, researchers, the community, health professionals, social policy makers and the service providers. TKI recognise that alcohol,…
  Linkwest are a peak body for community, neighbourhood and learning Centres in WA. Linkwest help WA Centres be the best they can by providing the following: Training: workshops, forums, conferences, seminars, online learning and presentations Support: consultancy,…
Extract from Australian Government website: The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply for Volunteer Grants through an open process under the Strengthening Communities – Volunteering sub-activity. Funding is expected to be offered to around 5,700 organisations as a result of this process, with grants to be paid by 30 June 2016. Volunteer Grants enable community organisations to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to purchase small equipment items to assist their volunteers,…
Last week Ngala launched their annual Good Night’s Sleep campaign and are asking everyone to support this great campaign.    Running throughout the month of November, the campaign aims to raise much-needed funds for Ngala to continue providing early parenting help to WA families.   This year, Ngala has included an exciting social media initiative called Pass It Yawn, which everyone can participate in. Here's a video of Ngala's CEO, Ashley Reid, yawning for Ngala. https://gallery.mailchimp.…
A new Child and Parent Centre has been opened in Rangeway for Geraldton families. For further info please visit: https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Barnett/2015/10/Child-and-Parent-Centre-for-Geraldton-families.aspx https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Barnett/2015/10/Child-and-Parent-Centre-for-Geraldton-families.aspx
Children's week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood, currently there are 197 children in detention centres in Australia and Naura who are experiencing the loss of this right. The attached information highlights what we can do to increase awareness of this cause.
The Women's Health Clinical Support Programs,  Women and Newborn Health Service, in collaboration with the Womens and Newborns Health Network, WA Department of Health, are undertaking consultation of the final draft of the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Model of Care. When finalised the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Model of Care will be used to inform statewide policy and patient care in Western Australia. To begin the survey, click on the following link: https://consultation.health.…
The AEDC provide important data for us in the early years sector to target services and direct resources effectively. It would be great if you would complete the AEDC on-line survey and forward to your networks/contacts for their completion. The survey will close 5 October, 2015.…
HKM_9222.jpg Pictured left to right; Steve Joske (CSC President and WACOSS Board Member), HON Tony Simpson MLA (Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth), Irina Cattalini (CEO, WACOSS) and Jennifer Mathews (Director General, Department of Local Government and Communities).…
Dear Networks Connecting Early Years Network Program is offering workshops in Parent, Family, Carer and Community Engagement in Early years Networks.  We recognise that parents and families are natural authorities in what is best for their children.  When parents partner with people with professional expertise, wisdom and experience in supporting children great things happen. Whole communities place children at the centre and support them, to thrive.…
We would like to gather some testimonials from networks speaking to the values and benefits of EYN for the community and the sector. These testimonials will feature on the homepage. They will also need to list your name, occupation, organisation and network you are a part of. Thanks in advance for your contribution, please email your testimonial to dianne@wacoss.org.au mailto:dianne@wacoss.org.au 
Would any networks have a role description for the Chair of an EYN they would like to share? This would greatly help out a network that is currently looking to create a position description.  Please post your ideas and suggestions. Alternatively feel free to email them to dianne@wacoss.org.au mailto:dianne@wacoss.org.au
The Connecting Early Years Networks Program sources and develops opportunities to support the ongoing work of Early Years Networks. We are working in partnership with networks to tailor training and development that meets your needs. We can consult with you to find out what your network needs to improve the outcomes for children and their families in your community. Although this may take more time it means networks get more value from this unique opportunity.…
The Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Greif Network have announced the launch of their free online learning website - An Introduction to Trauma Informed Care:  earlytraumagrief.anu.edu.au http://anu.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=06fef6235ae5b04ac7779458c&id=57f27ccf10&e=afbc2cdb88  This learning opportunity has been designed to increase information and knowledge on the impact of experiences of adversity and trauma on children and young people.…
One day workshop aimed to give participants the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into what constitutes child abuse and neglect and other key knowledge areas. The workshop is facilitated by Dr Barbara Meddin who has had an extensive career in social work and child protection. This course is suitable for anyone who works with or volunteers with children/young people and their families. For further information please see the link below:  
https://dropin.org.au/download/attachments/100827762/camera-flash-clip-art-1730383.png?version=1&modificationDate=1440136376000&api=v2 As you may have heard the Early Years Network Support Program has been developing a portal over the last few weeks. We are excited to see the anticipated launch in September! To add some personal touches to the portal we would like to invite Early Years Networks to share photos they have of meetings, events and other related activities.…
Welcome to the latest members of the Early Years Network Support Program:   Goodstart Early Years Learning Merriwa  Subiaco Early Years Networks Wanneroo and Surrounds Early Years (WASEY) Network Brookton Early Years Network Purely Early Years Warren Blackwood Early Years Network Moora Early Years Network Maragon Goodstart (Ocean Reef, Edgewater, Joondalup, Singara, Tapping, Merriwa, Banksia Grove,…
Dear Early Years Networks As part of an initiative funded by Woodside and Lotterywest the WACOSS Early Years Network Support Program (2015 -2017) will soon be launching a new online collaborative platform! The major benefit of the platform is the convenience it provides to share resources, stay up to date with networks, and create a centralised space for networks to collaborate more effectively. Plus we will be giving the platform a customised look and logo so we have our very own branding!…
The ‘Real Needs’ program is a community initiative of Real Insurance, which provides grants of between $5,000-$20,000 to community organisations that work with disadvantaged or under privileged Australian children and youth. Grant applications are considered on a monthly basis. For more information about eligibility requirements, and how to apply, visit realneeds.realinsurance.com.au http://realneeds.realinsurance.com.…
Creating administration templates can be a great time saver for your Early Years Networks. Plus it will help your network to retain the helpful information shared during your meetings. As busy networks we do not often get the time to learn about how other networks go about their daily business. Recently a handful of networks have kindly agreed to share their templates for their Terms of Reference.…
On Friday 19 June WACOSS hosted the Child and Parent Centres: An Update for the Community Sector. The forum included an update from the Department of Education on the CPC's progress as well as a key note presentation from Dr Tim Moore. Dr Tim Moore’s presentation was on "Engaging and Partnering Vulnerable Families and Communities: the keys to effective place-based approaches". In particular,…
Ngala is offering up to 75% subsidy for Platforms and Family Partnership training to anyone working with children and families in a community wide approach. See attached flyer for more details. Building Partnerships Flyer.pdf  
DropIn is uniquely designed for communities. It is a valuable tool for those looking to connect and share ideas with like-minded groups. WACOSS is committed to supporting the sustainability of the Early Years Networks. We believe DropIn will be a valuable asset to help you grow and build capacity so we are offering free webinars on how to use DropIn to your advantage. Check out the link to see when you can next attend an upcoming workshop: https://dropin.org.…
Ngala and the Shire of Carnarvon invite service providers in Carnarvon 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. Please see this link for more details: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fifo-focused-communities-carnarvon-workshop-tickets-16968685796 http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fifo-focused-communities-carnarvon-workshop-tickets-16968685796
A recent policy brief released by CCYP indicates most WA newborns and infants are healthy and doing well, some are still being placed at risk by smoking and alcohol consumption during pregnancy. For more details visit; http://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/files/POLICY%20BRIEFS%202013/Policy%20Brief%20-%20Maternal%20and%20Infant%20Health%202.pdf http://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/files/POLICY%20BRIEFS%202013/Policy%20Brief%20-%20Maternal%20and%20Infant%20Health%202.pdf
A great opportunity for working parents to attend a free workshop at Good Start Early Learning Merriwa on 19 May. Please see the attached;
Firstly thank you to thank Lianda for conducting research with all the networks and compiling the Supporting Early Years Networks in WA Final Report and the Early Years Network Support Program Project Plan 2015 -2017. Together these documents give us an understanding of the history in the Early Years Networks (EYNs) and a great plan for moving forward. I would also like to acknowledge the dedication and contribution of those who have been working within the EYNs throughout Western Australia,…
Building Partnerships - An initiative proudly sponsored by Woodside Development Fund to build and enable change within place-based initiatives with a particular focus on WA Child and Parent Centres   Ngala proudly presents a suite of innovative learning and development opportunities for anyone working with children and families (including professional workers, volunteers, parents and community members).…
Pilot project update
A quick pilot project update for you all. WACOSS has secured funding to employ one staff member for the pilot of the Early Years Network Support Program. This is the Learning and Development Officer position. We are nearing the end of the recruitment process, so hopefully we will have some news for you in the coming weeks. We are still waiting to hear on the funding of the other two postions for the program, and again will advise you as soon as possible of any developments.
Well we have reached the end of the Supporting Early Years Networks in WA project – that six months flew past at lightning speed! I’m pleased to advise that the final project report which contacts information about the history of the project, both phases of the project consultation, and the proposed next steps is now complete and can be found in the documents section below.…
Below is a message from David Zarb, CEO of Playgroup WA and the WA representative on the Early Years Chapter of ARACY (the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth). I’m writing to you due to your involvement in promoting the importance of the Early Years.  Whilst many of you will know me in my role at Playgroup WA I am also the WA representative on the Early Years Chapter of ARACY, the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth.…
The Australian Early Development Census National Conference 2015 will be held from 18-20 February 2015. Please mark these dates in your diary for the conference which will be held at the Stamford Grand, Glenelg, South Australia. This conference aims to increase awareness, understanding and utility of the AEDC, both in Australia and internationally. We are now accepting submissions for presentations and symposiums through the conference website: www.aomevents.com/AEDC2015 http://www.aomevents.…
Thank you to everyone who participated in the first phase of the consultation for the Early Years Networks Project and expressed an on-going interest in the project. I have now developed a proposed model of support for the Early Years Networks and would like your feedback. The Early Years Network Project: Research and Consultation report contains the results of the first phase of the project’s consultation with network members and other early years professionals. This is quite a lengthy report,…
Thank you to all of you who participated in the first part of the consultation for the Early Years Networks Project. I have received such valuable information about all of your networks, who is involved, your successes and strengths and also some of the challenges you face.   We received information via the survey from over 170 members of networks and I have also spoken with many of you on the phone or attended your network meetings.…
The first consultation phase of the Early Years Networks Project is nearly completion. Thank you all for your valuable input so far. There are some definite themes coming through about the challenges that Early Years Networks are facing and what types of support members feel would help them thrive. I have spoken to someone from most Early Years Networks in WA and managed to visit a few network meetings. I have also had a great response to the online survey.…
Consultation
We are now in the consultation phase of this project and I am currently attending meetings and talking to people on the phone about their Early Years Networks.  I have also developed a survey that will enable anyone who is involved in an Early Years Network in any capacity to provide their opinions on what type of support they think would help their group thrive and achieve their desired outcomes.…