More than 100 ways to celebrate Children'sCooking, gardening, meeting reptiles and bugs, magic and plenty of playtime – Children’s Week is full of activities across Victoria2020 School Readiness Funding allocated to kindergartensAround 800 kindergartens receiving funding in 2020 have been advised of their School Readiness Funding amounts to support children to improve their language development and social and emotional wellbeing'Best start, best life': Three-year-old kindergarten campaign kicks offThe first state-wide advertising campaign for the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten reform has kicked off, launching as part of the AFL Grand Final broadcast.Act now to have your say on the Department's Early Childhood ReformsHelp shape the future of the early childhood sector by sharing your experience as an early childhood teacher or educator before Friday 25 October.Supporting newly arrived families with playgroupsFamilies new to Victoria will be able to take their children to culturally supported playgroups that cater to families of different cultural backgrounds, giving them the confidence and security of attending a welcoming play environment.Incentives for early childhood teachers to work in regional areasEarly childhood teachers are needed in the initial six local government areas where kindergarten for three-year-olds will be rolled out in 2020. Teachers who take up one of these teaching job will be eligible to receive up to $9,000. Tips to help children get prepared for starting prepWith the end of 2019 fast approaching and the 2020 school year on the horizon, now is the time to start the conversation and ensure children are ready for prep next year. 2019 Victorian Early Years Awards finalists announcedNow in its 14th year, the awards celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across seven categories. Find out who are this year’s finalists and read more about their stories. The Online Transition Learning and Development Statement has reopened for 2019The Online TLDS has now reopened and your service will have received a new username and password. Find out what else your service needs to know about the reopening.Have your say on Victoria’s early childhood reformsYour feedback is extremely important to us and as part of the Early Childhood Strategic Evaluation, an online survey will be provided to early childhood staff to examine the impacts, benefits and challenges of key reforms. 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. 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. 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.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. 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. Record budget investment in kindergarten for every three-year-oldThe 2019/20 Victorian Budget is investing an unprecedented $881.6 million to get the roll-out of subsidised kindergarten for Victorian three-year-olds under way. 2019/20 State Budget helps all Victorian children have the best start in lifeMaking Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why this year’s budget is continuing to invest in building more inclusive kindergartens and supporting our youngest learners. Have you received children’s most up-to-date immunisation history? Have you received the most up-to-date Immunisation History Statement for children attending your service? Make sure you send out your reminders to parents soon. 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.State-wide survey of services’ capacity to start in MayTo help prepare for the roll-out of Three-year-old Kindergarten, the Department is working with Ernst & Young to conduct onsite visits of every kindergarten and long day care facility in Victoria.Have your say on important Early Childhood Legislative Reform projectsWe are now seeking your feedback to inform Government decision making on two Legislative Reform projects. Find out more and get involved.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. Preparation for kindergarten programs for three-year-oldsThe Victorian Government will be making grants available to service providers and launching a range of early childhood workforce initiatives to help prepare for the roll-out of Three-year-old Kindergarten. Protect yourself and others from the flu this winterWith flu season around the corner, all early childhood education staff are encouraged to get flu vaccinations and to encourage parents to ensure their children are also vaccinated. The 2019 Victorian Premiers’ Reading ChallengeFor 15 years, the Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge has inspired children to read more and read widely, and is a fun way to develop children’s literacy skills. 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.School readiness funding menu - call for submissionsProviders can nominate programs and supports that build the skills and capabilities of educators, parents and carers to support children’s development for the school readiness funding menu. Two years of subsidised kindergarten for all Victorian childrenIn an Australian first, 15 hours of subsidised kindergarten programs for three-year-olds will be available to all Victorian families. Marking the most significant reform to kinder services in a generation. Ensuring every child has the best start to lifeThe Early Childhood Agreement for Children in Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) has been refreshed to make sure that all children have rewarding experiences that pave the way for success at school and beyond. Early Childhood Teacher of the Year – Nicole BechazEarly childhood teacher Nicole Bechaz has recently been recognised for her work providing opportunities for children beyond a traditional kindergarten program.No Jab, No Play - New Year reminderAs we head into a new year, it’s important to remind parents of the strengthened No Jab, No Play requirement for them to keep immunisation records up to date at their early childhood service. Little readers win Premiers’ Reading ChallengeThousands of children and young people from across Victoria have devoured thousands of books over the past few months as part of the Premiers' Reading Challenge (PRC). Community hubs are smoothing the way from kinder to schoolThe 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 rosellasIt’s the “best day ever” at Delta Road Preschool in Watsonia, in Melbourne’s north-east. Children have seen some eastern rosellas soaring through the native trees surrounding the kinder.Honouring an advocate of childhood education"There are few social justice issues more vital than building a better life for all children, and a more prosperous nation." Emeritus Professor Collette TaylerPrepare for summer, and thunderstorm asthma seasonImportant steps early childhood education and care services can take to ensure children are sunsmart and safe during this season.Strengthened No Jab No Play regulationsUpdated regulations mean early childhood education and care services need parents to provide updated immunistion history statements twice yearly.Three-Year-Old Kindergarten communication resourcesThe Victorian Government is investing in subsidised kindergarten programs for all three-year-olds.