Community Organisations for Educators

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Community Organisations for Educators

 
NQS 6.1.3       Current information is available
 Links to useful information for educators.
 

Community Services
Name Description Author
Patchwork – New South Wales A smart, secure web-app which can connect frontline workers with other practitioners across agencies. Patchwork NSW and NSW Government Family and Community Services
Website: https://www.patchworknsw.net.au/
Child Protection
Australian Institute of Family Studies – Child Family Community Australia AIFS  provide papers, resource sheets and practice guides for professionals in the child, family and community welfare sectors. Federal Government
Website: https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/
Bullying. No Way! Part of the Safe and Supportive School Communities  group where members work together to help schools create learning environments where every student and school community member is safe, supported, respected and valued. Federal Government Department of Education
Website: https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/
Daniel Morcombe Foundation The Foundation’s vision incorporates a future where all children and young people are provided with education, protection and support to be safe from abuse and risk of harm.  The Foundation provides free resources to children, young people, parents, carers and professionals across Australia. Daniel Morcombe Foundation
Website: https://www.danielmorcombe.com.au/
NAPCAN
National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
NAPCAN provides resources and services which support and encourages community and individuals to prevent child abuse and neglect. NAPCAN
Website: https://www.napcan.org.au/
NSW Office of Children’s Guardian Office works to protect children by promoting and regulating child safe organisations. Website has child safe resources. Independent NSW Statutory body
Website: https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/
Playing It Safe Site helps parents, carers and educators teach young children how to stay safe online and provides helpful resources and activities. Aus Federal Police, eSafety Commissioner and Alannah & Madeline Foundation
Website: https://playingitsafe.org.au/
Safer Internet Day From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. European Commission
Website: https://www.saferinternetday.org/
Cultural Diversity
ABC Education Free educational resources for school students, but some useful also in early childhood services. There are also many free resources from Indigenous history and culture.
See also list ‘Classroom resources to engage students with the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages’
Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC)
Website: http://education.abc.net.au/home#!/home
Aboriginal Cultural Heritage The Environment, Energy and Science Group work with Aboriginal communities to preserve, protect and renew and heritage. NSW Government
Department of Planning Industry and Environment Website: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/aboriginal-cultural-heritage
Aboriginal Rock Art The Place, Evolution and Rock Art Heritage Unit links Griffith staff and students to a collaborative international network of researchers and Indigenous peoples undertaking innovative visual, symbolic, landscape and cultural evolution research across Australasia. Griffith University
Website: https://www.griffith.edu.au/griffith-centre-social-cultural-research/our-research/heritage-wellbeing/place-evolution-and-rock-art-heritage-unit
Aboriginal Rock Art Sydney List of Sydney Aboriginal rock engravings Ray Norris  – astrophysicist at the CSIRO
Website: http://www.atnf.csiro.au/people/Ray.Norris/SydneyRockArt/public_list.htm
Behind The News – Indigenous Culture BTN broadcasts news for upper primary and lower secondary students, helping them understand issues and events outside their own lives. They also have many resources about Indigenous culture including the history of the Aboriginal flag, Indigenous recognition and the call for a treaty. Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC)
Website: https://www.abc.net.au/btn/
Big Learning Life – The Early Years Count Resources, information and stories from communities, families and Elders to support the learning of Indigenous children. QLD Government Department of Education
http://earlyyearscount.earlychildhood.qld.gov.au/type/biglearninglife/
Building Belonging Building Belonging is a comprehensive cultural diversity toolkit of early education resources which includes lesson plans, an eBook, songs with actions, an educator guide and posters. It focuses on encouraging respect for cultural diversity and tackling racial prejudice in early childhood settings. Australian Government Human Rights Commission
Website: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/building-belonging-toolkit-early-childhood-educators-cultural-diversity-and-responding-prejudice
Closing the Gap Closing the Gap aims to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Since 2008, Australian governments have worked together to deliver better health, education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to eliminate the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Aust Government National Indigenous Australians Agency
Website: https://closingthegap.niaa.gov.au/
Creative Spirits Site includes information about Aboriginal culture including rituals, rock art and stories. Creative Spirits
Website: https://www.creativespirits.info/
Emu Dreaming Site refers to Aboriginal astronomy, culture and rock art. Ray Norris  – astrophysicist at the CSIRO
Website: http://www.emudreaming.com/index.html
First Languages Australia This site is about maintaining and reviving Australia’s first languages. There is a map that showcases over 780 languages, and other resources including videos and stories. Partners with relevant Government departments, peak bodies and Indigenous organisations.
Website: https://www.firstlanguages.org.au/
Foundations for Success – Queensland Provides resources to help deliver quality learning programs for Indigenous children. It provides additional guidance to the EYLF and is packed with information, inspiration and good practice advice. QLD Government Department of Education and Training
Website: http://www.foundationsforsuccess.qld.edu.au/
Healing Foundation Developed with Stolen Generations members, teachers, parents and curriculum writers, the Foundation’s resources aim to promote greater understanding about the Stolen Generations in a safe and age-appropriate way. The resource kit includes professional learning tools for teachers, including lesson plans that are mapped to the Curriculum (Foundation to Year 9). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation 
Website: https://healingfoundation.org.au/
Knowledge Circle The aim of the Knowledge Circle project was to share knowledge about ‘what works’ in delivering positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities. It provided professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with quality, evidence-based information, resources and interactive support. Aust Government Australian Institute of Family Studies
Website: https://aifs.gov.au/past-projects/knowledge-circle
Little Yarns These podcasts explore the diverse languages, stories and countries of Indigenous Australia. Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC)
Website: https://www.abc.net.au/kidslisten/little-yarns/
NAIDOC The National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) makes keys decisions about activities, such as NAIDOC Week. They have many teaching resources available Independent, voluntary committee
Website: https://www.naidoc.org.au/
Narragunnawali Narragunnawali supports all early learning services in Australia to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions. Resources include a Reconciliation Action Plan template Narragunnawali
Website: https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/
NSW Aboriginal Land Councils NSW’s peak representative body in Aboriginal Affairs, the Council aims to protect the interests and further the aspirations of its members and the broader Aboriginal community. NSW Aboriginal Land Council
Website: alc.org.au/
NSW Dept of Education SNAICC and the Department have developed a suite of culturally specific resources that cover the NQF in a way that is relevant to services who provide education and care to Aboriginal children. Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) and the NSW Department of Education
https://education.nsw.gov.au/early-childhood-education/operating-an-early-childhood-education-service/culturally-relevant-resources
Reading Australia Reading Australia was created by a not-for-profit organisation to make it easier for primary and secondary teachers to spread a love for Australian texts. They also present many great books by Indigenous authors, some of which are suitable for ECEC. Not for profit organsiation
Website:
https://readingaustralia.com.au/?s=Indigenous
Reconciliation Australia Reconciliation Australia inspires and enables relationships, respect and trust between Indigenous  and non-Indigenous Australians. They have many resources. Non-Government, non-profit foundation Reconciliation Australia
Website: https://www.reconciliation.org.au/                 
SBS Learn Working with the National NAIDOC Committee, SBS Learn has launched resources for NAIDOC Week. The resources are relevant to a broad range of learners and topics and provide Indigenous perspectives beyond NAIDOC Week. Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)
Website: https://www.sbs.com.au/learn
Share Our Pride This website provides a great starting point on various Indigenous topics including identity, culture, intergenerational trauma, family and kinship. Non-Government, non-profit foundation Reconciliation Australia
Website: http://shareourpride.reconciliation.org.au/
SNAICC National non-government body representing interests of Indigenous children. Member of Coalition of Peaks representing about 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander community-controlled peak organisations. SNAICC
Website: http://www.snaicc.org.au/
 
Victorian Local Aboriginal Networks and Gathering Places Site promotes community strengthening and engagement, self-determination and treaty, cultural heritage management and protection.  Site also explains how to connect with a local aboriginal network or gathering place in Victoria https://www.aboriginalvictoria.vic.gov.au/local-aboriginal-networks-and-gathering-places VIC Government
Website: https://www.aboriginalvictoria.vic.gov.au/
Curriculum
ABC Education Free educational resources for school students, but some useful also in early childhood services. Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC)
Website: http://education.abc.net.au/home#!/home
Baby Lab Science podcast series produced in collaboration with Western Sydney University about the science behind how babies learn to communicate. Babyology is an Australian parenting site
Website: https://babyology.com.au/podcasts/babylab-a-fascinating-science-podcast-that-gets-behind-the-baby-talk.html
QLD Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) QCAA plays a critical role in the design and delivery of education in Queensland and provide various resources including those that support a child’s transition from kindergarten to prep (first year of school). QLD Government – QLD Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Website: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/
Transition to school resources – click on heading ‘Prep-Year 10’ and then ‘Transition to School’
The Early Years Count The Early Years Count provides resources and information for 0-5 years to support learning and development through play, care, encouragement, numeracy and literacy. 90% of a child’s brain development occurs in this period. QLD Government Department of Education
Website: http://earlyyearscount.earlychildhood.qld.gov.au/
The Digital Lunchbreak (NSW) This website assists children with finding online resources and activities to do at home in their lunchbreak, around learning hours and on weekends.  Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People
Website: https://www.digitallunchbreak.nsw.gov.au/
 
Emergencies
ABC Emergency This page has contact details for all States’ emergency services and details of emergencies communicated by those agencies. Australian Broadcasting Commission
Website: https://www.abc.net.au/news/emergency/
Emergency and Natural Disaster Assistance This page useful information and links on relevant topics including:
·         help for providers and services
·         reporting requirements and additional absences
·         mental health support
·         air quality
·         service closures and
·         help for families
Federal Department of Education
Website: https://www.education.gov.au/emergency-and-natural-disaster-assistance
Health and Wellbeing
Australian Association for Infant Mental Health The Association is a national organisation of professionals who hold workshops and seminars to promote knowledge about social and emotional development in 0 to 3-year-olds.  They also provide resources to support help support children’s wellbeing. Australian Association for Infant Mental Health
Website: https://www.aaimhi.org/
Be You Previous programs Response Ability, KidsMatter, MindMatters and Headspace have joined together to form ‘Be You’. The new Program is committed to building early learning service and school capacity to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for children from the early years up to 18.
The Program includes a wide range of resources to help early childhood educators, families, community members and professionals understand more about mental health, including how to support children experiencing mental health issues.
Australian Government Department of Health
Website: https://beyou.edu.au/
 
Birdie’s Tree Storybooks and resources to help parents and carers support babies and young children’s mental health following natural disasters. Developed by the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
Website: https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/natural-disaster-recovery/
CSIRO CSIRO is Australia’s national science research agency. Of particular interest to ECEC is the information resources it provides on food safety including how to safely store and prepare food. Federal Government corporate entity
Website https://www.csiro.au/
The Brave Program An online program which provides parents and caregivers of young children with information and skills to help their child overcome fears and anxiety. Funded by Beyond Blue, supported by Uniquest and affiliated with University of Queensland, Griffith University and University of Southern Queensland
Website: https://brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au/preschool-program
Center on the Developing Child The Center completes research and development into science based practices which promote positive outcomes for children. Center has several on-line practice guides eg a ‘Guide to Toxic Stress’ and  ‘Serve and Return: How Your Interaction with Children Can Build Brains’ Harvard University
Website: https://developingchild.harvard.edu/
Early Years Health and Development Helps parents and educators with resources and information on social and emotion wellbeing, development and communication, healthy eating and physical activity, health, safety and hygiene practices, ear health and complex and additional needs. QLD Government Department of Education
Website: https://learningplace.eq.edu.au/cx/resources/file/d1fe14fb-4339-4210-80e7-27637e4e6411/1/portal/index.html
Emerging Minds Emerging Minds assist professionals, organisation and families with the skills to identify, asses, and support children at risk of mental health conditions. Website has lots of free resources and training modules. Emerging Minds
Website: https://emergingminds.com.au/
Food Standards Australia & New Zealand Food Standards Australia & New Zealand develop standards that regulate the use of ingredients, processing aids, colourings, additives, vitamins and minerals. Website includes a food allergen portal with links to best practice food allergen resources for children’s services. Food Standards Australia New Zealand
Website: http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx
Head to Health Head to Health helps find digital mental health services for children and adults from some of Australia’s most trusted mental health organisations. There are apps, online programs, online forums, phone services and a range of digital information resources. Federal Department of Health
https://headtohealth.gov.au/
Make Healthy Normal Website provides information about everyday healthy living including portals:
·         Healthy Kids – information to support healthy eating and activity
·         Go4Fun – free healthy lifestyle program for 7-13 year olds
·         Get Healthy Info and Coaching – free telephone-based coaching helping people make lifestyle changes
·         8700 – help people understand kilojoule information
·         Get Healthy At Work – tools and resources to help create an effective workplace health program
·         Finish with the Right Stuff – promotion of healthy food and drinks at the canteen and water
·         Knockout Health Challenge – aim to reduce the rates of chronic disease in Aboriginal communities
NSW Government Department of Health
Website: http://www.makehealthynormal.nsw.gov.au/
 
Healthy Kids: http://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/
Go4Fun: https://go4fun.com.au/
Get Healthy Info and Coaching: http://www.gethealthynsw.com.au/
8700: https://www.8700.com.au/
Get Healthy At Work: http://www.gethealthyatwork.com.au/
Finish with the Right Stuff: http://www.rightstuff.health.nsw.gov.au/
Knockout Health Challenge: http://www.nswknockouthealthchallenge.com.au/
 
Neat Eats Initiative Promotes nutritious food and provides access to healthy recipes. You can also submit your own recipes Children’s Week Association of Queensland
Website: https://neateats.com.au/
Poisons Information Centre The National Poisons Information Centre has offices in each State and Territory which provide poison information/first aid fact sheets and resources.  State governments
Website:
https://www.poisonsinfo.nsw.gov.au/
https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/chq/our-services/queensland-poisons-information-centre/
http://www.austin.org.au/poisons
https://knowinjury.org.au/directory/wa-poisons-information-centre/
Ready Togther Site has resources for educators that translates learnings from child (and brain) development research into everyday language from before birth to five years old. Qld Government Department o Education
Website:  www.qld.gov.au/readytogether 
St John Ambulance St John Ambulance helps people in sickness, distress or danger. They have many online resources including first aid fact sheets in different languages. Charity
Website: https://stjohn.org.au/
Staying Healthy – Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services 5ht edition Guidelines describe infectious diseases and outlines how services can prevent and control the spread of infection eg lists recommended exclusion periods for various infectious diseases. It also contains information on responding to children who become ill through infection control and hygiene measures. National Health and Medical Research Council
Website: http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/ch55_staying_healthy_childcare_5th_edition.pdf
Exclusion periods See Table 1.1: PAGE 24 – 26
 
Student Wellbeing Hub The Hub provides resources for teachers, families and students to promote children’s wellbeing, including Australian Student Wellbeing Framework to help children deal with bullying and cyberbullying. Education Services Australia for Australian Government Department of Education and Training
Website: https://www.studentwellbeinghub.edu.au/
Wellbeing Australia Wellbeing Australia brings together people and organisations committed to developing healthy relationships, with a particular emphasis on family, education and the workplace. Website has list of tools, resources and links to relevant organisations. Not for profit network
Website: https://www.wellbeingaustralia.com.au/
Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
Book ‘Caring for Children: food, nutrition and fun activities : a practical guide to meeting the food and nutrition needs of children in care’
 
A great book if you are cooking meals in your centre.
 
Authors Carolyn Bunney and Lauren Williams 4th Edition
Publisher Lady Gowrie Child centre, Sydney 2005
Diabetes Australia Diabetes Australia is committed to reducing the impact of diabetes through leadership, prevention, management and research. There are online resources to support healthy eating and lifestyles. National body
Website: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/
Eat for Health Website contains information and resources related to the Australian Dietary Guidelines, advice and tips on eating well and calculators to help estimate energy needs and the number of serves needed from the five food groups.
 
National Health and Medical Research Council
Website: https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/
feedAustralia feedAustralia is a free menu planning tool which supports services to provide meals which meet the Australian Dietary Guidelines by immediately determining if each dish meets the Guidelines. There are also recipe and snack suggestions available. The program sits within existing child care management systems. Federal Government Department of Health
Website: https://www.feedaustralia.org.au/
Food Allergy Education – National Allergy Strategy The National Allergy Strategy aims to improve the health and quality of life of Australians with allergic diseases. There are free online courses and resources to help manage allergies, including some specifically for people in food service jobs. Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA)
National Allergy Strategy www.nationalallergystrategy.org.au 
Website: https://www.foodallergyeducation.org.au/
Website: https://foodallergytraining.org.au/
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) FSANZ protects the health and safety people in Australia and New Zealand by developing and managing standards for food (known as Food Standards Code). They produce several publications about the Code including ‘The official shopper’s guide to food additives and labels: know what you are eating at a glance’ Federal Government
Website: www.foodstandards.gov.au
Heart Foundation As well as research, advocacy and support for people living with heart conditions, the Heart Foundation also educates helps people make healthy choices. There are a range of resources including healthy recipes online. Charity
Website: https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/
LEAPS – Learning, Eating, Active Play, Sleep LEAPS is a Queensland program specially designed for early childhood educators to learn how to successfully implement ‘Get Up & Grow’ healthy lifestyle guidelines into their daily activities. QLD Government Nutrition Australia
Website: https://training.naqnutrition.org/courses/leaps/
Munch and Move Munch & Move  supports the healthy development of children birth to 5 years by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time. Munch & Move offers training and resources to educators working in NSW early childhood education and care services. 
 
NSW Health
Website: https://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/campaigns-programs/about-munch-move.aspx
Nutrition Australia Provides resources including recipes which promote healthy eating Non-profit community based organisation
Website: http://www.nutritionaustralia.org/
Dietitians Association of Australia This professional association has ‘Smart Eating’ facts sheets and recipes which promote healthy eating Association
Website: www.daa.asn.au
The Edible Schoolyard Project Provides information on the benefits of an edible schoolyard in children’s lives and how it benefits their health and wellbeing. The Edible Schoolyard Project
Website: https://edibleschoolyard.org/
Inclusion
AllPlay This program aims to support inclusivity of children and young people with developmental challenges and disabilities in an education setting through the development of practical online evidence-based resources and training for teachers, families and children.  Deakin University and VIC DET https://allplaylearn.org.au/
 
Level Playground Provides ideas and activities for parents, carers and educators which are free from gender stereotypes Level Playground is a project of EDVOS, a specialist family violence service in Melbourne. The project aims to breakdown rigid gender stereotypes and gender inequalities
Website: https://www.levelplayground.org.au/
Victorian Inclusion Agency The Agency has a series of videos to support educators promoting cultural diversity including Indigenous culture and including children with disability Victorian Inclusion Agency
https://vimeo.com/viac
NQF
Multi-media Presentations – Queensland ECEC A range of multi-media presentations on key National Quality Framework (NQF) issues. QLD Government Department of Education
Website: https://qed.qld.gov.au/earlychildhood/service-providers/framework/resources/podcast
Safety
NSW Police Legacy There are Police Legacies in most States and Territories which care for members of the police service and their families. The NSW Policy Legacy issues a Child Safety Handbook which includes information about child protection, water and sun safety, bullying and cyberbullying NSW Police Legacy
Website: https://www.policelegacynsw.org.au/
Sustainability
Cool Australia This organisation creates free downloadable resources, many of which relate to the environment and sustainability.  All resources are linked to the EYLF outcomes. Cool Australia – Learn for life
Website: https://www.coolaustralia.org/
NSW Early Childhood Environmental Education Network (ECEEN) A community of educators, families and children who aim to create living and learning spaces within the community that encourage sustainable practices. NSW ECEEN
Website: http://www.eceen.org.au/index.asp
The Edible Schoolyard Project This U.S. organisation builds and shares an edible curriculum for preschool through to high school promotes healthy food. There are free resources and lesson plans promoting sustainable gardening etc Martin Luther King Jn Middle School Berkeley California
Website: https://edibleschoolyard.org/about

 
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