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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AEDCWA
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 www.aedc.gov.au or to subscribe to the AEDC Newsletter, please email either this address or AEDC@education.gov.au 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 email@example.com.
The next AEDC data collection will take place in Term 2, between 1 May and 29 June 2018
Thank you for your time.
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
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?
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. https://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/our-work/resources/child-safe-organisations/
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, Forster Park Community Centre.
Please RSVP by calling 9477 7219 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 1 September for catering purposes.
Please see the attached Flyer for further information.
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.
The Model’s unique combination of powerful therapeutic skills is designed to support the comprehensive needs of children and youth with challenging behaviours. These therapeutic skills are helpful within schools, residential care, juvenile justice, foster care and related settings that serve children and youth from troubled histories.
Please see attached below the registration form.
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, including alcohol-related harm, youth justice, out-of-home care and mental health.
The young participants in these consultations, many of whom have personally experienced personal challenges and disadvantage, have provided great insight and detail regarding what change is required to increase their safety and nurture their healthy development.
Given the recent commentary and focus on listening to the views of children and young people, it is timely to again promote these reports.
They are in my view a powerful resource for the WA community and agencies working to create a better future for vulnerable WA children and young people, and I urge everyone to use and further promote them.
The links below will direct you to pages where the resources are available:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People Speak Out
- Speaking Out About Raising Concerns in Care
- Speaking Out About Youth Justice
- Children and Young People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds Speak Out
- Speaking Out About Disability
- Speaking Out About Mental Health (Click on View More)
- Speaking Out About Living in Regional and Remote WA (Click on View More)
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. The session will also draw on recent research conducted by the Parenting Research Centre into public perceptions of parenting and a large-scale representative survey of Victorian parents. The aim of the session is to equip decision makers with a way to conceptualise and plan developments in their approaches to improving outcomes for children by enhancing the quality of support offered to parents and carers.
This masterclass is suitable for policy makers, organisational leaders and practitioners
For more information or registration, please check the link below:
Masterclass 2: Evidence Based Practice in Parenting Support
Date: Wednesday, 20th September
Time: 9 am - 12 pm
Venue: The Boulevard Centre, Floreat
The momentum to realise a vision of evidence-based practice in child and family services is gaining support. “We just know it works” is no longer compelling to Governments who are increasingly seeking to invest their limited resources in approaches to improving outcomes for children and families that have stronger evidence of effectiveness. Yet, there are real challenges in implementing evidence-based programs in the field. It can take many years for a program to achieve evidence-based practice status through traditional scientific methods, and even then, there are no guarantees that the evidence that is built will translate well across cultures and settings. In the parenting support space, the evidence-based movement has over-relied on programs, many of which are not tailored for the platforms they are subsequently delivered in, and are difficult to implement and sustain. There have been calls recently for a rethink of evidence based practice, and the need to develop services and systems and that can more quickly and flexibly innovate, learn and share learnings with others. This workshop will present an approach to evidence-based practice that is both rigorous, but also practically useful in driving continuous improvement.
This masterclass is suitable for policy makers, organisational leaders and practitioners.
For more information or registration, please check the link below:
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
Welcome to the June edition of the Connecting Early Years Network Support Project Newsletter
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. The continuation of a backbone model is supported by the Project Reference Group and more broadly by Early Years Networks across the State. Current project funding ceases on June 30th 2017 and WACOSS has presented the Business Case to Government Departments.
Currently The Department of Local Government and Communities and The Department of Child Protection and Family Support have committed funding for one year to support the CEYNSP. This reduced funding will allow the team to continue to work at the Centre for Parenting Excellence in Mount Lawley. Sue Nye, Manager Social Policy will continue to provide part time management support to the project and Carin McCashin will continue to work part time as the Community Engagement Officer. Due to the reduced funding the team are currently working with the project reference group and utilising the recommendations from our recent project evaluation to determine the best model of support that the CEYNSP can provide to Early Years Networks over the next year.
On Friday June 23 Pauline Gallacher will finish working with the Connecting Early Years Network Support Project. Pauline has been working with the team for 18 months and has been a valued support to many Early Years Networks across the State and played a key role in developing and implementing the project. We will greatly miss Pauline’s enthusiasm and dedication to the role. We wish Pauline all the very best in her future.
Good News Story! - Local Governments and Early Years Networks: Working in Partnership
Many Local Governments and Early Years Networks are already doing great work together in their communities. A recent example of this partnership approach is The Midwest Early Years Network (MEYN) working with their Local Government (The City of Greater Geraldton - CCG) to host a weekly intergenerational playgroup.
The “Special Moments – Over 50’s Grandparents & Carers Playgroup” started in May. These important groups are running at the local seniors centre every Thursday.
We're grateful to the CGG and MEYN for their support. CGG are generously funding some equipment and promotion. Local MEYN members working with seniors are helping spreading the message.
This is an example of an EYN seizing the chance to work with local Council.
For more information, contact 08 9921 6814.
Local Governments and Early Years Networks: Working in Partnership Forum
In partnership with Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC), Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) and the Local Government Professionals Association the CEYNSP Team hosted a Forum on 31 May 2017 to build partnerships and access tools and information to support children in the early years in your communities. The Hon. David Alan Templeman launched the Local Government and Early Years Networks: Working in Partnership Resource.
The resource has been sent to all CEOs of Local Governments as strategic plans are informed by consultation with communities about the importance of supporting children in the early years. Forty-seven Early Years Networks throughout Western Australia have also received copies. This resource provides links to tools and information including how many young children live in your community, how to successfully engage in decision making and to ensure local government is informed about local issues; how to access Australian Early Development Census information about your community and other resources that will help you community better support children in the early years. To access the resource online please click here here.
~ Hon David Alan Templeman
On the day we heard from the incredible Professor Donna Cross from Co-Lab at TKI who spoke about what is needed to optimize young children’s learning and development. We learned about the WA Early Years Population Profile that provides evidence based information about children living in their communities, to access the profile click here. We also heard from two wonderful Early Years Networks – WASEY (Wanneroo and Surrounds Early Years Networks) and Midwest Early Years Networks who spoke about how they are working collaboratively with their Local Government. The CEYNSP team also presented on the recent Evaluation Report findings.
~ Professor Donna Cross
Feedback from the day
“Excellent evidence and practical balance. Good opportunity to network in breaks, great workshop questions to gather info and share experiences”
“Reinforced the need to collaborate and its importance”
“Please repeat this to elected members and CEO’s”
“Donna’s presentation was fantastic”
“Keep up the great work and continue to keep us informed”
To access all the presentations from the day please go over to the Resources page on the EYN Portal or click here to access.
The project is pleased to release the Executive Summary Evaluation Report of the CEYNSP. The survey evaluation was released on 14 March 2017 to stakeholders and members of Early Years Networks. A total of 118 responses were received from forty five out of the forty seven networks. The results of the Evaluation will allow WACOSS to evaluate the effectiveness of our support to date with Early Years Networks and to provide feedback to the sector about what we have learned.
We want to thank the hundreds of members of Early Years Networks across WA and pay tribute to the important work they do for West Australian children and their families. We are grateful for their contribution to this report and the support shown for the project overall. Members of Early Years Networks have been true partners, both in terms of supporting the work of the project and in being ‘critical friends’ when required – guiding us through challenges and opportunities.
To access the Report please go to the resources section in the portal
Evaluation Survey Winner
The winner of the survey draw was Tracey Pollett from the Altone Early Years Network! Tracey won a $300 Coles / Myer Gift card, Congratulations Tracey.
We would like to thank everyone who completed the survey. The results from the Evaluation have provided us with the opportunity to capture key lessons and will provide future recommendations for the project.
Bunbury Early Childhood Strategy
The following announcement was made by Mayor Gary Brennan to develop an Early Childhood Strategy in Bunbury….
Bunbury City Council are set to consider how they could join other local governments in putting together an early childhood strategy for the community. Mayor Gary Brennan spoke briefly to council at a meeting on Tuesday night about the potential of the strategy being rolled out for Bunbury. Mayor Brennan said the idea came about following a Schools of the Future meeting he recently attended.
"I was asked to talk about infant health centres and during the discussion, which was attended by a number of people, consideration was made around an early childhood strategy," he said.
"It would be a statement about what the community can do to assist with early childhood development.
"The plan is to have a discussion in about four weeks time with city representatives, Investing in our Youth and the Member for Bunbury to discuss the potential of having an early childhood strategy for Bunbury." Bunbury has previously put a project in place looking at early childhood in 2014.
Mayor Brennan said the strategy would be an asset to Bunbury.
"Let's document how we can work collaboratively to improve early childhood years within Bunbury so that's a combination of health care professionals, our city libraries, who already conduct a lot of reading and jigsaw activities for early childhood, and mother's groups," Mr Brennan said.
"There are a range of groups that operate, let's just get some synergy out of everyone working together.
"I believe that our city is a complete city so we can cater for our community from the time they're born to their final resting time and they can spend all that time in Bunbury so every aspect of our community, every demographic needs to be acknowledged and assisted where possible." The City would work together with a number of community groups to put the plan together, including not for profit organisation Investing In Our Youth who focus on promoting the healthy development of children in the South West.
Investing In Our Youth chief executive officer Carmen Gregg said would be happy to be involved in and support the City in developing the strategy.
"An early years strategy involves multidisciplinary input from many agencies who have an interest in supporting the early years. The fact that the City of Bunbury is willing to consider this endeavour is very commendable," she said.
"Evidence from multiple sources highlights the importance of the early years.
Committing to an early years strategy will ensure that we are all working collaboratively in partnership to give Bunbury children the best possible start in life."
Funding Announcement - beyondblue leads major new mental health in education initiative
beyondblue is set to lead a transformation in the development of good mental health and wellbeing practices for all Australian children from early learning centres to the end of secondary school.
After a competitive tender process the Minister for Health, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, today announced a grant of $52.7 million over two years to beyondblue for a new mental health in education program.
beyondblue will begin the first stage of developing and designing the ground-breaking initiative from July 1, 2017. The initiative will be launched to early learning services, primary and secondary schools in partnership with Early Childhood Australia (ECA) and the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, headspace, in 2018.
For further information please click here to access the full media release.
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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.
Currently The Department of Local Government and Communities and The Department of Child Protection and Family Support have committed funding for one year to support the CEYNSP. This reduced funding will allow the team to continue to work at the Centre for Parenting Excellence in Mount Lawley. Sue Nye, Manager Social Policy will continue to provide part time management support to the project and Carin McCashin will continue to work part time as the Community Engagement Officer. Due to the reduced funding the team are currently working with the project reference group and utilising the recommendations from our recent project evaluation to determine the best model of support that the CEYNSP can provide to Early Years Networks over the next year. We will keep you updated.
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 . Please find below a link to the webpage which has video footage of Dr Shonkoff's presentations as well as the accompanying PowerPoint slides. https://colab.telethonkids.org.au/latest-events/
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, now is the time to get children in the early years firmly placed on the agenda. Early Years Networks are key community assets able to provide expertise advice and assistance predicated on local community knowledge and therefore well placed to collaborate with Local Governments in this work.
A new resource called Local Government and Early Years Networks: Working in Partnership Resource helping Local Governments and Early Years Networks to work in partnership has just been released and is available here.
This resource provides links to tools and information including how many young children live in your community, how to successfully engage in decision making and to ensure Local Government is informed about local issues; how to access Australian Early Development Census information about your community, and other resources that will help your community better support children in the early years.
In recognition of this new resource, Local Government Officers and Elected Members, along with members of Early Years Networks are invited to attend a Forum to build partnerships and access tools and information to support children in the early years in WA communities.
For more information, please contact WALGA Marketing and Event Officer, Ulla Wolter on (08) 9213 2043 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Representatives of regional and remote Local Governments and Early Years Networks are encouraged to apply for financial assistance towards the cost of accommodation or travel. To apply please contact Pauline Gallacher or Carin McCashin at email@example.com
Members of EYNs and members of Local Government who are members of EYNs
Local Governments and Early Years Networks: Working in Partnership
DATE: Wednesday, 31 May 2017
TIME: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Registration from 8:30AM)
ADDRESS: Boulevard South Room, The Boulevard Centre 99 The Boulevard, Floreat
FEE: $44.00 (Incl GST). Free for members of Early Years Networks and Local Government
RSVP by Wednesday, 24 May