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The Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) is a not-for-profit, member-funded organisation advocating for the future of Australia's children. We work on behalf of long day care owners and operators to ensure families and their children have an opportunity to access early childhood education and care (ECEC) throughout Australia.

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Win a free double pass to Maggie Dent’s Children Who Shine conference series!

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ACA and Maggie Dent are giving away three double passes to Maggie Dent’s Raising Children Who Shine conference series being held in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane this March. The conference will feature four leading experts from Australia and overseas discussing some of the key challenges faced by those raising or working with children. As well as bringing parents and educators together, the conference will explore issues such as disciplining children, making a successful transition to school, stopping the fights over technology, connecting to kids even when they’re challenging, supporting boys to get to and through school and more.

Just fill out the form below to enter the draw. Winners will be announced on Monday 29th January.

Thank you to everyone who entered the draw! The competition is now closed. 
The winners are Flutterbys Preschool in NSW, Murdoch Early Learning - Morley Campus in WA and Bay Explorers Early Learning, Deception Bay in QLD.  Congratulations to the winners - we hope you gain some fresh insights from the conference. 

Changes to Australia's privacy law - What ECEC services need to know

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Among the many other regulations and laws that Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services are required to comply with, ECEC services also need to comply with Australia's privacy law, known as the Privacy Act 1988 (the Act).
 
Why do ECEC services have to comply with privacy law?
Under Australia's privacy law, ECEC services are deemed as health service providers, which puts them in the category of an “Australian Privacy Principle (APP) Entity”. Under Australian law, all APP entities are bound by the Act and must comply with it.
 

feedAustralia makes it easy to serve healthy meals

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feedAustralia is a really useful and practical initiative that has been developed for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services, to ensure that they comply with the Australian Dietary Guidelines (ADG), as required under the National Quality Framework, when providing the children with their meals.

The program is endorsed by the Federal Government's Department of Health, and has been lauded as a world leading nutritional promotion and preventative health initiative.

Read more: feedAustralia makes it easy to serve healthy meals

How to find and keep high quality early childhood educators

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Perhaps the biggest challenge for any employer is putting together a great team.
 
First, that means finding and hiring the right people. Then there’s the ongoing challenge of staff retention.
 
In the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector, it is especially important to source and retain educators who are professional, knowledgeable, and passionate about their work.
 
So, how can ECEC service operators find and keep the best staff?

ACA invites all early learning services to support Project Rudolph 2017

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Following last year's success in raising funds for Project Rudolph, the ACA is proud to support this initiative again this year. Project Rudolph is a Christmas appeal which aims to deliver freshly packed Christmas meal boxes to struggling Australian families.

The joint initiative between Aussie Farmers Direct and Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation, Foodbank, encourages Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services to get involved by organising their own fund-raising activities within their centres, and then forwarding the funds to the ACA to enable  a collective purchase of food boxes for this worthy cause.

Read more: ACA invites all early learning services to support Project Rudolph 2017