Child Care Industry News April 5, 2016 |®
Child Care Industry News
April 5, 2016
Welcome, this week need to know info on changes to the inclusion support program and a fantastic new initiative designed to boost STEM skills in early childhood. Also this week we open our annual Child Care and Workforce Participation Survey, so make sure you take a couple of minutes to make your voice heard.
Have a say on the state of Australia's child care system
The 11th Annual Child Care and Workforce Participation Survey offers parents, early childhood professionals and interest groups a forum for sharing their opinions and experiences on the Australian child care system and life for working families.

Every year we tailor our questions to reflect the current changes and challenges in the early childhood sector and the results offer valuable insights into the health of our system from the perspective of the people working within it as well as those who use it.

This year we have included questions about the Nanny Pilot, the complexity of the existing system and the proposed changes and how families feel about high end services in early childhood settings.

We'd urge you to take a few moments out of your day to complete the survey as your experiences are important and will help us paint an accurate picture of the state of our system.

Please feel free to email the survey to your parents and share via your social media profiles, the more completed surveys we receive the better our results will be.

Also, for every completed survey we will donate $1 to the Breast Cancer Council and you go in the draw for an iPad Mini.
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Inclusion support for early childhood services
On 30 June this year the Inclusion and Professional Support Program will be closed and replaced with the Inclusion Support Program for early childhood education and care services, which kicks off on 1 July.

The Inclusion Support Programme will assist early childhood and child care services to include children with additional needs by providing tailored inclusion advice and support from contracted inclusion specialists, as well as funding to support more challenging inclusion barriers.

The target groups for inclusion support are:
  • children with disability, including children with ongoing high support needs
  • children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • children from a refugee or humanitarian intervention background
  • Indigenous children.
The Inclusion Support Programme (ISP) guidelines contain information for early childhood and child care services and other stakeholders about the programme's objectives, types of support available under the ISP and how to access it.

Transitional information for the closure of IPSP, and how support will continue under ISP, will be available in the coming weeks.
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STEM boost for pre-schoolers
In an effort to better prepare children for a future where skills in technology, maths and science will be a priority the Australian Government is making a $14 million injection in to programs designed to inspire kids and motivate kids to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

According to the Government around 75 per cent of the fast growing industries require STEM skills and this investment will help future-proof the Australian economy.

The money is being allocated to the Little Scientists program and the Let’s Count program, both of which are part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda and were established to help Australia’s youngest minds develop an interest in these fields.
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