The Australian Childhood Foundation works to defend the right of all children to a safe and loving childhood. They do  this by working directly with children, young people and their families, and also in partnerships, through consultation and in collaboration with governments, service providers and community members.

For more than thirty years, the Australian Childhood Foundation has been transforming the lives of vulnerable children, young people and their families, supported by the latest knowledge and resources.

Each year the ACF  deliver hundreds of trauma-informed professional development opportunities. To find out what is available in 2019 go to the link

Webinars will now be  regularly added to the EYN Portal on topics of interest to EYN members. To access the latest webinars click on the  Resource button and then on the Webinar button. We hope that you find these useful

Professor Whitehouse  is the Angela Wright Bennett Professor of Autism Research at the Telethon Kids Institute and Professor of Autism Research at The University of Western Australia. He is also Chief Research Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC).

At the Telethon Kids Institute he leads a large team that use a wide range of methodologies to investigate the early identification and intervention of children with Autism Spectrum Conditions, including molecular genetics, neuroscience, endocrinology, behavioural experiments and clinical trials. 

Andrew recently provided the Wanneroo and Surrounds Early Years Network (WASEY) with an engaging presentation on The changing face of autism in Australia: Challenging the status quo.

The presentation slides are below and also in the Resource section of the Portal

CEYNSP Summer Newsletter


Please see below the latest edition of the Connecting Early Years Network Support Program Newsletter. The final edition for 2018. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Department of Communities, in partnership with Linkwest and iClick2Learn, is pleased to present a free online course for committee/board members of community managed early education and care services based in regional Western Australia. 

Course benefits

This course will increase your committee’s understanding and application of governance. Benefits include learning how to:

  • improve how your committee works together and with management to plan and monitor long-term goals
  • assess, plan and implement good governance practices and compliance checks
  • deliver a high standard of care to families and work within the laws and regulations.

There is the potential for your service to attract additional funding and new families as a result of these improvements.

Course presenter

Natalie Bramble is a community sector educator and consultant with more than 12 years experience training boards and committees in best-practice governance.

Course details

The course has three sections containing multiple lessons, an introduction and a summary. It takes approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete the course in one sitting or lessons can be completed in minutes and saved individually as time permits.

Once you have successfully completed this course you will receive a certificate that can assist your service demonstrate compliance with Quality Area 7.

Sign up for Education and Care Services Committee and Board Induction course here: 

More information

For course enquiries, please email

Bright Tomorrows Start Today shows a remarkable little creature representing a baby’s brain, and aims to lift public understanding of key scientific research into early childhood development.


The Campaign promotes;

 Experiences in the early years shape a child’s future health, learning and wellbeing

Scientific evidence shows early experiences have profound effects on the development of children’s brain and biological systems in ways that effect learning, health and wellbeing and shape future chances in life.

 Children’s brains are built over time. Young children build skills through regular, active engagement

Scientists say the way to help kids build healthy brain architecture is through “serve and return” interactions. A child reaches out for interaction (“serves”) and the caregiver responds (“returns”). Brain development is an active process that requires consideration, intentionality, support and resources from caregivers and society.

 The early years are a time of great opportunity and we need to support parents to lay the strongest possible foundations

Early childhood experiences impact the lifelong trajectory of children and shape the society we are and that we can become. Early childhood is an issue of collective concern and policy significance.

 The Campaign was informed by FrameWorks research that found the following thinking patterns in the Australian public;

  • the Australian public does not currently recognise the impact of the early years on future health, learning and wellbeing
  • early childhood development is thought to occur ‘naturally’, as something that ‘just happens’
  • early childhood is seen as a private concern and the sole responsibility of parentsTo view the add go to or see the flyers attched below. 


The 2018 National AEDC conference was the second national conference to bring together a broad range of professionals to improve the lives of children and families across Australia. In 2015, the National AEDC conference showcased the diverse ways the AEDC was being used to identify and respond to the needs of children and families, to inform research, and as a policy driver. The 2018 National conference built on this by consolidating the existing evidence base in Australia about what works for children and families in the early years.

To view the presentations from the conference, click on the link below.


WACOSS's Chris Twomey, Leader, Research and Policy Development recently presented at the Financial Counsellors Conference. A copy of the presentation slides are attached below.

As part of Children's Week Meerilinga Young Children's Foundation Inc hosted a seminar on Education and Emerging Futures. Presentations from Kim Flintoff, Karen Wellington and Griffin Longley are available to listen to by clicking on the links below.

Kim Flintoff: 

Karen Wellington: 

Griffing Longley: 

The State Budget Submission is the culmination of sector-wide conversations of the most pressing issues facing the sector, and the recommendations for the State Government Budget. Click on the link below to access the Submission.


 A free event supported by the State Government through the Department of Education and Lotterywest, this year’s presentation will take an exciting look at the future of education in a digital age for early childhood educators, as well as primary and secondary school teachers, as they support the learning of children and parents. Get your free tickets here.

Kim Flintoff is the Learning Futures Advisor within Curtin University Learning and Teaching. Kim's role involves developing innovative solutions aligned with the university’s strategic vision of teaching and learning, and coordination of the Learning Futures Network. 

Thanks to the Western Australian Education Department, in this lecture Kim will look at trends and shifts that impact learning from cradle to grave, along with current projects and new insights into what’s defining the priorities moving forward. 

With a special focus on the early years, the lecture will additionally delve into the capabilities needed by learners, the need for parents and educators to provide quality learning experiences, and questions that have been raised on Schooling for a Digital Culture. 

Karen Wellington, Program Manager of CoderDojo WA, will reveal ways educators can encourage their child's interests, freedom, responsibility & choice, while reflecting on the Importance of Play and strategies for families to better communicate about technology & STEM.

Completing the topic of learning futures will be Griffin Longley, CEO Nature Play WA, talking about how to embrace digital trends & STEM while balancing children & families' screen time with outdoor nature play.

Network with other industry professionals and enjoy a free morning tea with the other event participants at the conclusion of the talk. Please be seated by 9:15am. Get your free tickets here.


Harmony week runs from 15-21 March in 2019, each year it is an opportunity for all Western Australians to celebrate our vibrant multicultural community.  $2000 Grants are available for Harmony Week activities, for more information or to apply  go to the OMI website. 

I recently had the privilege of hearing Jim Diers speak. Jim has a passion for getting people engaged with their communities and in the decisions that affect their lives. Jim is an American who teaches courses in community organizing and development at the University of Washington and serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. He travels internationally to deliver speeches, present workshops, and provide technical assistance to community associations, non-profit organizations and governments . Jim's website  has a wealth of resources and information which I am sure will get you inspired.

The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health has been established to assist professionals and organisations who work with children and/or parents/families to have the skills to identifyassess and support children at risk of mental health conditions.

The Centre incorporates three key components

  • an online workforce gateway (website!) where you can access free training, practice guides, webinars, tools, information and news.
  • national network of regionally-based Child Mental Health Workforce Consultants to support workforce development, systems change, information exchange and collaboration
  • and a communication and knowledge translation strategy to support the diffusion of evidence into practice.


The website can be accessed at

The Valuing Children Initiative aims to inspire Australians to value all children, understand that a child’s wellbeing is the shared responsibility of the entire community and ensure children are at the forefront of our considerations.

  The vision of the Valuing Children Initiative is the creation of a society in which all children can flourish, have a safe, caring and supportive childhood and maximise their potential.

For more information on the Valuing Children Initiative  or to get involved click on the link