Early Childhood Update links professionals, providers and educators with news, resources and information that supports the learning and development of young children in Victoria. News and information Apply now for 2018 Children’s Week grants Councils and NFPs can apply for grants up to $1000 to help them host a free Children’s Week event from 20-28 October. Applications close 7 September. New DET staff ready to support communities Newly appointed DET staff will provide enhanced support to the early years sector in 25 local government areas for school readiness funding. Read our Q&A. More features for MCH app coming late 2018 With more than 23,000 downloads already and counting, new features will include translation into 10 languages and an easy way to track children's growth. Attend the Innovate for Impact symposium Hear from international experts about how they collaborate to engage communities, service providers and policy makers to solve problems and more. Realising the Potential forum video snapshot In case you missed any of the action from the exciting event back in June, watch our wrap-up of the Realising the Potential: Early Childhood forum. Spotlight on bookshelf safety for your service Toppling shelves are a common concern when children are around, so here are some tips when considering bookshelf safety in education and care services. Subscribe to the Early Childhood Update For the latest Department news, subscribe to the free monthly Early Childhood Update, which provides a snapshot of Victoria’s early childhood sector. Resources and grants Launch of the early childhood Literacy Teaching Toolkit Ever wondered about the learning opportunities available when young children become involved in a hands-on science experiment? Details to come on family violence and child information sharing All MCH services will be prescribed to these schemes from 27 September, allowing ample time for priority staff training before the start date. Respectful Relationships now open for professional learning Register for sessions in September and October for educators in some VicGov funded kinder services. Statewide training to follow. Be quick, places still available for Transition to School workshops There’s still time for some early childhood educators and prep teachers to book a free professional learning workshop in their area. Your reminder of the intent and purpose of online TLDS funds Funded services should expend online TLDS funds by 21 December, with an audit planned in 2019. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with queries. EOIs now open for kinders to offer kids another language Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Early Childhood Language Program are open until 20 August. Find out more about eligibility criteria. Taking the lead Community hubs are smoothing the way from kinder to school The Step Into Kinder educational program is a particular focus at Dandenong PS to smooth the transition to school for parents and children alike. Delta Road Preschool is in a flap over flock of native rosellas When educators at Delta Road Preschool noticed some eastern rosellas nesting at the kinder, they never imagined it would inspire an incredible learning journey. Honouring a fierce advocate of childhood education In one of her final academic reports, the late Emeritus Professor Collette Tayler brought the critical importance of children to the fore. 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.