Colab has produced a document which presents the research evidence in support of each of the considerations and actions outlined in the Australian Declaration for Young Children which we launched last November. It is on this webpage - - and will hopefully be useful for people needing additional information about the importance of the early years for presentations/grant applications etc.

 A new research overview and research snapshot has been added to the Colab website relating to the Lived Experience of Poverty – these can be accessed here - .

A  interview with Louise Giolitto, WACOSS's CEO  on the impact of poverty can be accessed at  - .

Save the Date for this exciting event, more event information and registration details will be issued in early March.


I am writing to invite you to hear about our exciting new early childhood research project – SNACing101.


SNACing101 is an online evidence-based, food and nutrition short course to be developed and piloted among Australian ECEC staff. 


To help us develop the online course, I am reaching out to business and industry representatives, community leaders and other relevant parties and requesting their support in an advisory capacity to inform the project from development through to implementation. 


Through the initial development of the concept of this project, you were highly recommended as a person whose advisory contributions could greatly assist the pathway to improve the health of Australian children.  You are therefore invited to the SNACing 101 Advisory Group Breakfast Networking Event (details below). At this event we will explain the project, seek your input on course content and detail how you can be involved further and outline the total commitment. At the conclusion of the breakfast, we will seek Expressions of Interest to become part of the Advisory Group.




Wednesday 21 February, 2018

7.30am – 9.30am

Nutrition laboratory at the ECU Joondalup campus (21.101).


RSVP: Ainslie Sartori, Research Assistant ( by Thursday 15 February 2018.


Please advise any dietary requirements and how many parking permits will be required.


Please see the map of Joondalup Campus attached.


Please feel free to circulate this invitation to your committees and networks.


Thanking you in anticipation.


Yours sincerely


Ruth Wallace | PhD, RPHNutr.

Lecturer Public Health

School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Building 31.471, Joondalup Campus, Western Australia 6027

Tel: +61 8 6304 2731 | Email:



Please see information on an study providing children and young people with the opportunity to share their experiences of separation.

CYPSF FAQ Sheet.pdf


Learn how to get the best out of the Early Years Network Portal by clicking on the below Youtube training video.

EYN Portal Training Webinar


Be sure to 'Register' to be able to to use all the functionality of the EYN Portal. 

To take part in the many events that take place in Perth and all over WA during Harmony Week, or to think up something with your Early Years Network see the Harmony Week Kit available at


Please see attached a copy of our latest newsletter, from all of the team we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


The Centre is your gateway to a range of great evidence-based resources, information, and innovative, free online training designed to support your practice. You are also able to access local support from the Centre’s team of Child Mental Health Consultants.

 Please click on the link below to find out more information.


To listen to Professor Cross speaking about the latest research on the use of digital devices for young children click on the below link;

A blueprint for social and economic change to help achieve the inclusive, just and equitable society we all desire.

Further information is attached and a link to the Pre-Budget submission document.

Put compassion at the heart of our community 301017.pdf 

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.


The AEDC is a population measure of how children have developed by the time they start their first year of full-time school across five areas of early childhood development: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, and communication skills and general knowledge.


A brief survey has been designed which asks a range of questions, including how you have or have not used the AEDC, your past and current involvement in the AEDC, and how you think engagement with the AEDC can be improved. The survey is confidential, and should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Information collected will be used to provide the department with recommendations for improving engagement with, and access to the AEDC.


It is important to collect this type of information from a wide range of stakeholders, including both those using the AEDC and those who have not, to ensure we are able to consider a wide range of views, including some of the reasons why individuals and organisations have not been able to engage with the AEDC. This email has been sent to you as you have been identified as a stakeholder who may have previously used, collected or otherwise been involved with the AEDC, or you may have been identified as a stakeholder who may wish to engage with the AEDC in future.


To access the survey, please click the following link:


The survey will be live until COB Friday 20th October. Please feel free to circulate this invitation to participate to other relevant stakeholders in your network.


For further information about the AEDC, please visit or to subscribe to the AEDC Newsletter, please email either this address or with the word ‘subscribe’ in the subject line.


If you would like further information about this survey or how the results will be used, please contact Dr Yasmin Harman-Smith at


The next AEDC data collection will take place in Term 2, between 1 May and 29 June 2018


Thank you for your time.




Gail Clark


Western Australian AEDC Coordinator

Office of Early Childhood Development and Learning

Department of Education, Western Australia

151 Royal Street  I  East Perth  I  WA  I   6004

Ph: (08) 9264 5366


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.

Please click on the link for access to the resources and information. 

ECA Play Summit flyer.docx

Please see attached flyer for event and registration details.