News and information Reminder to flush drinking water supply systemsEarly childhood and education care services are reminded to flush drinking water supply systems after long periods of non-use to reduce potential exposure to metals that can dissolve into drinking water from some plumbing products. Important information about the Online TLDSMake sure your service is ready for the reopening of the Online Transition Learning and Development Statement (Online TLDS) in Term 3. Before the Online TLDS reopens, there are some important tasks to complete first to make sure you are ready. Twilight event puts the spotlight on the big early childhood reforms At the Twilight event held on 13 June 2019, hundreds of early childhood professionals turned out to hear a panel of experts talk about three-year-old kindergarten and school readiness funding.Improving career support to help deliver the Three-year-old Kindergarten reformEarly childhood teachers, educators and leaders are encouraged to share their experiences of professional development and support in their career by completing a short online survey or attending a focus group. Resources and grants Register for the final 2019 Effective Mentoring Program session Register now if you are an experienced early childhood teacher and want to learn how to mentor and support a provisionally registered teacher to achieve full teacher registration. The final session will be held on 5 and 6 September. Emergency management planning information sessions for centre-based services To help services develop their emergency management plans and prepare to respond to emergencies, the Department is running a number of short information session across Victoria. 2019 LOOKOUT Conference – Working with children in out-of-home care Do you work with children and young people in out-of-home care? Attend the free 2019 LOOKOUT conference to find out how you can best support these learners. LOOKOUT Early Childhood Pilot for Children in Out-of-Home Care Participation in high-quality early childhood services makes a significant difference to all children’s lives, especially those who may need a little extra help. Find out how to help these children access key early childhood support services. Language programs kick off in 100 kindergartens One hundred kindergarten services have now recruited teachers and educators to start delivering language programs. Across Victoria, up to 15 languages are being delivered through this program, including Mandarin, Punjabi, Arabic, Vietnamese, Auslan and Aboriginal languages. Participate in a research study into career support in the early childhood sector Early childhood teachers, educators and leaders are invited to share their experiences of professional development and support in their career by completing a short online survey or attending a focus group. 2019 Children’s Week grant applications are now open Not-for-profit organisations and local councils are invited to apply for a $1,000 grant to contribute to the cost of hosting a Children’s Week activity. Holding an event during Children’s Week is a great way to engage local children and families. Register now for the Beginning Early Childhood Teacher Conferences Free conferences will be held in the coming months to inform and inspire beginning early childhood teachers by providing strategies to develop their practice and create meaningful relationships with children, families, peers and other professionals. Opportunity to trial new Early ABLES assessment tools Early childhood educators are invited to participate in a workshop to adapt and validate three new assessment for learning tools (Movement, Thinking and Numeracy) that will become part of the Early ABLES suite. 2019 Round of Children’s Facilities Capital Program and Inclusive Kindergarten Facilities Program The Victorian Government allocated an additional $33.6 million in the 2019-20 State Budget over three years to the Children’s Facilities Capital Program and the Inclusive Kindergarten Facilities Program to support new, upgraded and more inclusive kindergarten facilities across the state. Spotlight Balnarring Pre-Schools commitment to teaching Aboriginal cultureThe team at Balnarring Pre-School are providing the children in their service, as well as the wider community, with a connection to and understanding of Aboriginal culture. Victorian Early Years Awards shine a light on Debney Meadows Primary schoolDebney Meadows Primary school has been celebrated for its Oral Language Headstart program, which is helping our youngest children find their voice.Early Childhood Agreement for Children in Out-of-Home care case studyThis case study examines how partners and services have worked together to advocate for three-year-old Ella’s right to access education and development services. Community Kinder Plus awarded for excellenceCKP have won the Emeritus Professor Collette Tayler Excellence in Educational Leadership award. The award celebrates an early childhood service that has supported its educators to use intentional teaching practices. 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