Early Childhood Education and Care News
July 14, 2020
Welcome, this week, information for Victorian services impacted by the latest round of COVID-19 restrictions. Research about a new app, which supports the development of STEM skills and engagement among young girls and win a Bluey Book Pack for your service!
How play-based learning empowers STEM skills in girls
Girls as young as four can overcome educational disadvantage and feel empowered to participate in STEM activities in Australian classrooms, through an emphasis on play-based learning, according to research by Monash university.

The study shows girls' thoughts and actions are endorsed when engaged in STEM play and exploration in the classroom. However, opportunities presented to girls are rare as boys occupy design and construction spaces.
Bluey themed craft ideas
Win a Bluey Book Pack
The cooler weather is an excellent excuse to bust out some new craft activities. This week we are excited to share a stack of Bluey themed craft ideas with you, along with the opportunity to win a Bluey Book Pack for your service, thanks to our friends at Penguin Kids Australia.

In case you don't know Bluey is an inexhaustible six year-old Blue Heeler dog, who loves to play and turns everyday family life into extraordinary adventures, developing her imagination as well as her mental, physical and emotional resilience.

The Bluey TV series is hugely popular with the preschool set, who will greatly enjoy these Bluey themed craft ideas.
Vic Level 3 Restrictions: Guidance for providers
In the wake of a second round of COVID-19 infections in some parts of Victoria the government has reintroduced Stage 3 restrictions in a bid to stem the rate of community transmission.

To this end, Victorian early education and care services in areas subject to Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions are permitted to waive parent gap fees if children are not attending care for COVID related reasons.

This includes services in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.

The government says that waiving the parents' gap fees will ensure child care services maintain their enrolments and continue to be paid the CCS, even if a child is absent for a COVID-related reason. It will also ensure that early childhood services remain open for workers and vulnerable families.

From Monday, services can also access the $708 million Transition Payment to support the return to the CCS.

The reimposed Level Three restrictions remain in effect until 19 August and mean that people living in affected postcodes can only leave home for four reasons:
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