Early Childhood Education and Care News
June 9, 2020
Welcome, this week an update from the Minister for Education on changes to the temporary Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package. Also, meet Harriet McAllister from Guardian Childcare and Education Phillip Street, who recently launched the PenPalPlatform in her service to boost connectivity during the COVID-19 lockdown. Plus, e-safety training for early childhood educators.
Breaking News: Free child care to end
The Australian Government has announced an end to the temporary Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package and a return to the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy (A CCS) from 12 July.

The CCS will return on 13 July, along with new transition measures to support the sector and parents as they move back to the subsidy.

The JobKeeper payment will also cease from 20 July for employees of a CCS approved service and for sole traders operating a child care service.

In addition to the CCS, the Government has said it will pay child care services a Transition Payment of 25 per cent of their fee revenue during the relief package reference period (17 February to 1 March) from 13 July until 27 September.
Educator in the Spotlight: Harriet McAllister
Every month we profile an inspiring early childhood educator as part of our commitment to showcasing the outstanding work happening in the Australian early childhood education sector.

This week we are proud to introduce you to the dynamic, and highly motivated, nominated supervisor at Guardian Childcare and Education Phillip Street, Harriet McAllister.
E-Safety Training for Early Childhood Educators
During the lockdown conditions implemented as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, many older children were required to spend more time on screens than usual as a result of online learning in schools.

However, many younger children spent more time online as well, as their early childhood centres moved to delivering play-based learning experiences online and parents looked for ways to keep children busy during the long days at home.

In this strange new world, early childhood providers suddenly had a front and centre role in creating, curating and delivering content and supporting families to access high quality early childhood learning experiences online.
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