Victorian Early Years Award categories and finalists Victorian Early Years Awards 2018 Celebrating the exceptional contributions of individuals and organisations in improving the learning and development of young children and their families. Improving participation in early learnings Barwon Child, Youth and Family Early Years is a finalist for its Children and Parents Support Program, which enhances healthy interactions between parent and child. Supporting parents to build their confidence Let’s Read Mildura, a program that increases literacy and language development, has made Mallee Family Care a finalist for introducing reading concepts from birth. Creating collaborative community partnerships Foundation House and Hume City Council is a joint finalist for their collaboration to improve inclusion of refugee families and children in early years services. Promoting children’s health and wellbeing Darebin Council is a finalist for its Kingsbury Play Map, raising awareness of diverse play opportunities that strengthen community links. Early Childhood Teacher of the Year Trish Mannix, a finalist for this year’s award, has a passion for improving and embedding practices within early years services that support our most vulnerable. Collette Tayler Excellence in Leadership Finialist Geelong College Early Learning Centre, advocates a culture of ongoing learning for teaching staff, consistency of practice, and leadership. News and information Survey now open on teacher mentoring Have your say on how mentors play a key role in supporting beginning teachers to become active learners in analysing and improving their own practice. First round of SRF funding announced Planning workshops are available for services that received the first round of school readiness funding. The workshops provide support and next steps. Podcasts: Sharing global perspectives Realising the Potential: Early Years Forum international speakers Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan and Tove Mogstad Slinde, discuss early years education in Victoria. 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 Literacy Teaching Toolkit: Featured video Encouraging children to think of ways to describe the Yarra River, the educator is able to develop their higher order language and vocabulary. Let’s count on The Smith Family maths program Let’s Count Online emphasises everyday maths, helping kids to see numbers as relevant, stimulating and fun in life. Register now. Tell more parents about Gateway Health Free parenting support is available via Gateway, to build skills and confidence to respond positively to challenges and raise happy, confident children. Apply for an MCH 2019 nursing scholarship The Maternal and Child Health Nursing Scholarships worth up to $10,000 close on 15 Oct 2018. Check your eligibility and entry requirements. New parenting website a valuable resource Find reliable parenting advice with VicGov’s new website, which provides an easier way to find services and supports for kids up to five years. More features for MCH app coming late 2018 With more than 25,000 downloads already, new features will include translation into 11 languages and an easy way to track children's growth. 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. Taking the lead Early Childhood Teachers Learn from World’s Best Practice Three Victorian Early Childhood Teachers returned from Nanjing, China, after participating in the Nanjing No 1 Kindergarten Knowledge Exchange Pilot Program. 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.