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  http://www.neighborpower.org/index.html  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 https://emergingminds.com.au/

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 http://valuingchildreninitiative.com.au/

Please see the attached document with information on how to apply to present at the 7th National Early Literacy Conference in Fremantle on 20th-22nd March 2019

PTTR Call for Papers March 2019 Conference _.docx

 

Please click on the link to access the No FASD Australia website, the page features lots of information and resources on FASD   https://www.nofasd.org.au/9-days-until-international-fasd-awareness-day/

Prof Ken Resnicow is an internationally recognised expert in the design and evaluation of health promotion interventions using Motivational Interviewing (MI), particularly in the areas of nutrition, physical activity.

Professor Resnicow's presentation is titled Beyond fear, facts and feedback: e-health interventions for effective parenting and child development 

Please see attached flyer for more information.

Ken Resnicow Telethon Kids seminar poster (002).pdf

 

The City of Wanneroo have designed an early years program called “It’s all About Play” (IAAP) which operates weekly during school terms from all of the City’s libraries. IAAP reminds parents of the importance of play, and encourages families to pop their phones on silent and enjoy the play experiences, which vary weekly.  Partnerships with Child and Adolescent Community Health and other agencies enhance the sessions by ensuring parents have access to accurate and up to date early childhood information.

 

The program commenced in 2013 in response to the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) which identified 23.7% of children in the City of Wanneroo as developmentally vulnerable on one or more domain.

 

 IAAP is an evidence informed program and has five session plans relating to the five domains identified in the AEDC, and also works within the Early Years Learning Framework. Library staff and volunteers are trained in the program, which allows the program to be sustainable.

 

The City’s Early Childhood Officers have also delivered IAAP training to the City of Fremantle and Canning. If you or your Early Years Network would like to know more about this program, or are interested in delivering this in your area, please feel free to contact us!

 Karen Dales-Anderson and Hayley Cann

Early Childhood Officers

City of Wanneroo

karen.dales-anderson@wanneroo.wa.gov.au or hayley.cann@wanneroo.wa.gov.au

Please click on the link below to read more information on IAAP

IAAP_Library_Story.pdf

Please see the flyer attached for information and registration details for The WA Inclusion Agencies- Inclusion in Practice Workshops coming to towns across WA in September.

Flyer - Inclusion In Practice Workshops .pdf

 

Every year, WACOSS makes a Pre-Budget Submission to the WA State Government advocating for better investment in community services. This submission provides a way for WACOSS to take community concerns directly to the State Government.

We are seeking your input into what we should be including in this year's submission. Below is a link to the survey questions and all questions are optional.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WACOSSPBS2018

Please click on the link below  to access the latest  news and information from the Connecting Early Years Network Support Program.

eyn-newsletter-winter2018.pdf

Building on the positive news that we received from Minister McGurk at the recent Early Years Networks Forum, we are pleased to inform you that the Department of Communities has agreed to continue funding the Connecting Early Years Network Support Program from July 1 2018 until June 30 2019. This funding will enable WACOSS to continue the Project Officer Community Engagement role for three days each week, plus some managerial support from the team at WACOSS.

We look forward to continuing our work with you.

Background

At the culmination of 10 years of the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s office, it is timely to listen and reflect on what more than 11,000 children and young people in WA have told us about their lives. In doing so, it is clear that more needs to be done to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children and young people.

In March 2018, the Commissioner released a discussion paper to inform and challenge current thinking on factors that influence vulnerability to harm and lessen outcomes for children and young people. Through their voices, the paper provides a unique perspective to advance a collective understanding of vulnerability and how to best address the causes and reduce the impact on children and young people.

The project

To progress the ideas set out in the discussion paper, the Commissioner is hosting a program of events in 2018 focused on vulnerable children and young people in our community.

The Vulnerability Speaker Series features presentations from a variety of international, national and distinguished WA leaders and will bring together government leaders, staff from the community services sector, policy officers and academics to explore how best to address the challenges facing vulnerable children and young people in WA and inform effective strategic responses.

 

To access information, resources, the discussion people ,video clips or to register for the next vulnerability speaker series event click on the link to the CCYP's website https://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/our-work/vulnerability-speaker-series/ 

Thank you to the 110 members of Early Years Networks from across the state of Western Australia who attended the 2018 PLACE for Children Forum in Perth on April 12. The team received lots of positive feedback about the benefits of event.

The keynote presentations have been loaded to the Resource section of the EYN Portal. Please share the information that you gained from the event,  widely with other Early Years Network members who could not be there on the day.

We hope to see you at future events.