Early Childhood Update links professionals, providers and educators with news, resources and information that supports the learning and development of young children in Victoria. Learning and development New app provides tips and tricks for kids' health Do you know a family that needs a little help? The new Maternal and Child Health app gives parents of young kids reliable information and peace of mind online. Nominate for the VEYAs to celebrate our best 2017 Early Childhood Teacher of the Year Rachel Webb says her focus on children’s learning and wellbeing has only strengthened since winning her VEYA. Brush up on your arts for Education Week Yes, it’s all about the arts for Education Week 2018. Early childhood services can showcase their great work in dance, drama, music, visual and media arts. Bookworms unite with their love of reading Our online resources for early childhood services include book lists, newsletter text, registration and key dates for the Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2018. Resources and grants Helping kinder kids be ready for school and for life $58.1 million in school readiness funding will be rolled out to state-funded kindergartens from 2019, with the first 25 areas across Victoria already announced. Lodge an application in the next round of capital funding Eligible early childhood services can appply for the Children’s Facilities Capital Program 2018-19, with $1.6 million available for major capital projects. MCH: clinical supervision guidelines are now available online The guidelines for the Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Program provide best-practice guidance on the provision of clinical supervision for MCH nurses. Join your peers at the Department’s first early childhood forum The free 2018 Early Childhood: Realising the Potential forum on 8 June explores impacts on health, education, and social and economic wellbeing. Taking the lead Zooming in on sustainability at Epping Views Kindergarten Four veggie gardens, a worm farm and a ‘nude food’ policy – this kinder is setting up its young ones to appreciate their environment with skills for life.