WACOSS through the Connecting Early Years Network Support Program has successfully worked in partnership with 44 Early Years Networks across the state, to improve outcomes for children in local communities and provided opportunities for place-based early years strategic direction.

On May 16, all Early Years Networks were provided an emailed letter and Q & A document to notify you of the transition of support.

From June 30, 2019, the role of supporting Early Years Networks will be undertaken by the Department of Communities.

Please see the attached Q & A document for further details.



To read WACOSS's response to the State Budget and a set of information factsheets, click on the above link. 

 The Results for the 2018 Australian Development Census (AEDC) were released on Friday 22 March 2019 and are now available for your viewing. Please see the links below .


  • 2018 AEDC National Report



  • AEDC Data explorer allows you to search for a location.




Sessions are to be held on Wednesday 17th April and Wednesday 12th June at Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, Wanneroo.

Register by contacting Amanda Grimmond : Amanda.grimmond@thesmithfamily.com.au



CEYNSP Autumn Newsletter

Hi, Please enjoy reading the latest news, information and resources from the CEYNSP.

Please see below the link to the position paper prepared by SNAICC – National Voice for our Children, and Early Childhood Australia. It highlights key issues that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and makes recommendations to government and policy-makers



Emergencies can happen at any time. They can be as large as a flood or fire, or as personal as a death in the family. But the better you prepare for them, the easier it is for you, your family and your community to recover.


We are seeing emergencies occur more frequently and with more severity. The Pillowcase Project is a school based disaster preparedness program; designed to target students aged 8-10, years 3 to 4, to help build their knowledge and capacity in disaster preparedness.

Become a part of a network of volunteers delivering this lesson in schools and really make a difference.  An example was just recently at a bushfire in Darlington, children who previously completed the lesson used their Pillowcases when their families evacuated.  Knowing what was important helped reduce stress and anxiety for the whole family. You can see the story here. https://www.facebook.com/ShireofMundaring/photos/a.10151827375694338/10157982382269338/?type=3&theater

You must have some availability during school hours to become a Pillowcase presenter

Applications can be made here http://volunteering.redcross.org.au/cw/en/job/494075/volunteer-pillowcase-project-presenter-wa or for more information contact Claire at Red Cross on 9225 1929 or wapreparedness@redcross.org.au.


This is the first time for that ECSII Training is being offered in Western Australia. It follows on from an overview of the ECSII presented by Kate Wasserman at an AAIMHI WA Seminar in 2018 

ECSII training takes place over one and a half days as follows: - Monday 25th March, 2019 from 8:30am to 4:00pm and - Tuesday 26th March, 2019 from 8:30am to 12:00pm

Venue: Telethon Kids Institute at Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) Seminar Room, Level 5 West (TKI is at the north end of PCH where you will find the yellow lifts)

COST: $260.00 (This includes lunch on the first day and the ECSII manual – valued at $50)

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE TRAINING? You may register for the training via the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/BBDVH

International Trainer: Catherine Wright, PsyD, LP, LPCC-Accredited ECSII Trainer

Bio: Catherine Wright has a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and is a Zero to Three Fellow. Catherine has over 25 years of experience providing direct children’s mental health services and managing children’s mental health programs and systems. Catherine is the Early Childhood Mental Health System Coordinator within the Mental Health Division of the Department of Human Services for the State of Minnesota. At the State of Minnesota, Catherine is responsible for developing the early childhood mental health system of care, including arranging for and managing trainings in evidence based practices for early childhood mental health clinicians, supporting policy development around early childhood mental health, and integrating clinical services within family serving systems such as childcare, Head Start, schools, primary care clinics and the adult mental health system.

What is the ECSII and why do the training? The ECSII is an instrument to assist providers in determining service intensity for infants, toddlers, and children ages 0-5 with or at risk for emotional, behavioral and/or developmental disorders. It is a tool for providers and others involved in the care of young children with emotional, behavioural, and/or developmental needs, and their families, including those children who are experiencing environmental stressors that may put them at risk for such problems. The ECSII is based on System of Care (SOC) and wraparound values/context.

The ECSII is based on the concept of Service Intensity (SI) as opposed to traditionally defined “level of care”. Traditionally, level of care has implied facility-based programs with ascending levels of restrictiveness. Since young children and their families often require
services in multiple contexts, the breadth of the service plan may be more important than restrictiveness. We believe that Service Intensity best captures this concept. Service intensity involves multiple factors, not only the frequency and quantity of services, but also the extent to which multiple providers or agencies are involved, as well as the level of care coordination required.

Learning goals/ objectives: The ECSII provides a common language for professionals and families when working to understand the needs of infants and young children presenting with complex problems. It offers guidance in selecting appropriate services at the appropriate intensity for the youngest and most vulnerable infants and young children.

This course is a formal training of the administration of the ECSII and is relevant for practitioners who provide services to children aged 0-5 years. Participants will master the administration of the ECSII but will not be able to train additional staff in the use of the ECSII. A certificate of attendance will be provided upon full attendance at the training.

Queries can be directed to Rochelle Matacz: rochelle.matacz@gmail.com +61420787437 

The Keeping Kids Central workshops aims to develop participants’ knowledge and skills in adopting child-centred approaches in their work with vulnerable children and young people, particularly those who have experienced family violence. The workshops provide context for why working with children and young people is important; privileges the child’s voice on how are best supported; challenges and build on participants’ views and practices in working with children and their families; and presents tools and resources for working with children.

The workshop will beheld in Perth , details are;

Intended audience: All professionals that work with families at risk of, or experiencing, domestic and family violence and other challenging issues.

Duration: 1 day (9.30 am to 4.30 pm)

Date: Monday April 1, 2019

Location: Level 4, 45 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Cost: Nil

Contact: icps@acu.edu.au or 03 9953 3644


For further information please see attached flyer



feedAustralia is a world leading, nutritional education and preventative health initiative.

the feedAustralia initiative aims to support a healthy nation through the deployment of an online menu planning tool.

Developed in partnership with the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Population Health and Healthy Australia, feedAustralia was trialled in 2016 and made available to early childhood education and care providers in 2017 to help the sector to monitor, assess and improve the delivery of food and drinks to the children in their care, in alignment with Australian Dietary Guidelines.

feedAustralia is available to all early childhood education and care providers at no cost and has been built and explicitly trialled to integrate with the Federal Child Care Subsidy System for operational efficiency.  Early childhood education and care providers can register for feedAustralia by clicking here.

The feedAustralia initiative is also ideal for all Australians looking for an easy way to improve the nutritional quality of meals served in the home.  We are excited to announce that feedAustralia Families will be made available in early 2019.

Feed Australia tour

A national feedAustralia Tour from March to April 2019, at no cost to participants. The tour will include Professional Development sessions for Cooks and Educators, information sessions for Parents, an Educator Challenge and hands-on learning of feedAustralia.

  • Perth - Thursday 28 March & Friday 29 March 2019

For more information go to https://www.feedaustralia.org.au/

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a huge public health concern, with recent studies estimating a prevalence of 2-5% of the population in the USA and approximately 4% in Canada. No population-wide prevalence studies have been conducted in Australia, but recent research found the highest worldwide prevalence in a prison setting, with 36% of youth in WA’s Banksia Hill Detention Centre diagnosed with FASD. The Federal Government’s FASD Strategic Action Plan is an important and welcome document, alongside the commitment of $7.2 million to address this disability in Australia, with the three key aims to 1) reduce the prevalence of FASD, 2) Reduce the associated impact of FASD, and 3) Improve the quality of life for people living with FASD. To read the strategy please click on the link https://www.nofasd.org.au/blog/strategic-action-plan/ 

Western Australia’s largest gathering of professionals supporting education and development of young children is back again. The 2019 Early Childhood Learning and Development (ECLD19) Conference is a two-day event on 29 and 30 March at Crown Perth.

Speakers include Dr Lou Cozolino, Neuroscience expert, and Dr Nat Kendall-Taylor, psychological anthropology and communications science, both from the US, as well as Peter Hutton, Director, Future Schools Alliance, and Dr Justin Coulson, Australian
relationship expert recognised for his approach to parenting. Lotterywest has provided support for the event, with subsidies available for registration,travel, and accommodation for regional and remote attendees from NFP early learning organisations. For more information contact: ecld19@arinex.com.au 

  WACOSS members are
  eligible for a $100 discount for a 2-day conference ticket. Use the promo
  code: ECLDEARLY on checkout.
Register for the conference





Through a generous Grant from Lotterywest, United Way WA will be supporting delegates from various PTTR communities across Western Australia with attendance and travel subsidies. 40 % off the second ticket is also available to two or more attendees from the same organisation,

To apply for a subsidy please complete the attached form and return it to Justine Roberts  Community Impact Manager United Way WA  at  jroberts@unitedwaywa.com.au