We support early childhood educators, committees of management and early years management to improve education and care across long day care, family day care, kindergarten and occasional care in the community.
“Quality education and care early in life leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life. The early years are critical for establishing self-esteem, resilience, healthy growth and capacity to learn. Quality education and care shapes every child’s future and lays the foundation for development and learning.” Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
Our monthly email provides events, professional development opportunities, news, and industry updates for early years professionals and providers.
Throughout the year, we run a number of networking opportunities for early years providers including:
- Long Day Care Coordinator Network
- 3-year-old kindergarten Network
- 4-year-old kindergarten Network
- Transition network for 3-year-old kindergarten and Maternal & Child Health
- Transition network for 4-year-old kindergarten and Foundations teachers
- Occasional Care Network
- Central Enrolment Advisory Committee Network for Enrolment Officers
We run regular capacity building opportunities for early childhood educators designed to support their work and professional development. We will also often recommend professional development opportunities with reputable external providers.
ELAA - Learning Brought To Life
Learning Brought To Life is a program of easily accessible and affordable online professional development experiences that focus on practical skills for education practice and service management. The program offers interactive live sessions hosted by ECEC sector experts, as well as self-paced modules that provide ‘ready to use’ skills and resources for educators, committees and leaders.
VCAA early years twilight webinars
The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) will be offering a series of Twilight Webinars in 2021 to support engagement with new VCAA early years resources. There is no cost to participate in these webinars and they are open to all professionals working with children birth to eight years, as well as students of early childhood education.
Visit VCAA website for more information
Early Years Conference
City of Boroondara hosts an annual Early Years Conference. The conference supports early years professionals to develop skills and build capacity by reflecting on their practice, finding inspiration from like-minded individuals and embracing innovation.
Our 2021 conference is being held on Saturday 28th August at the Hawthorn Arts Centre and registrations will open soon. In the meantime, anyone with enquiries can contact the Early Years team at [email protected] or on 9278 4014.
Advocate the Image of the Child - Nicole Talarico
Talarico Consulting is an Early Childhood Consultancy providing support to children's services with a focus on high quality practice and ongoing improvement planning.
This online webinar will cover:
• How to be responsive in your contextual environment
• Children’s rights and curriculum: social, ethical, & political
• Practice unique to the Australian context
• Environmental education: essential environmental activism
• Children with an active role in reconciliation
• Ideas for documentation showcasing the thinking in our environments - critical to high quality practice
About the presenter
Nicole is passionate about individual educator’s wellbeing & is successful at enhancing team capacity and professionalism. Skilled at facilitating a safe space for robust conversations and diverse thinking, her energy is prized at network events, when presenting at seminars or leading group projects resulting in empowered educators & enriched work environments.
A number of our stand-alone kindergartens are managed by committees of management. The role of a volunteer committee of management is to oversee the operations of the Education and Care service for families living, working and studying in our community, in line with regulatory requirements.
Free online training course
City of Boroondara has created a free online training course to help volunteers on committees of management effectively fulfil their role.
The course covers:
- The laws that committee members uphold
- Roles and responsibilities in place to keep children safe
- Policies and procedures underpinning the way services operate
- How legislation aims to improve responsiveness to allegations of child abuse
- Important contacts you can turn to for assistance.
ELAA resources for Committees of Management
Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) has a range of learning and development resources to support parents on Committees of Management:
Some of our kindergartens in Boroondara are managed by Early Years Management organisations. Early Years Management organisations manage community kindergartens in place of a Committee of Management. Early Years Management organisations strengthen the management and delivery of programs, and provide expertise in employing and supporting the development of educators to deliver high quality early childhood education and care services.
You can also sign up to our Early Years newsletter to receive email updates for early childhood education and care services.