Far North Early Childhood Network

Far North Early Childhood Network

FNECN is a network of motivated people working across the Early Childhood Sector. Please head to our website for more information.

Email - [email protected]

Operating as usual

Photos from Maggie Dent's post 20/05/2024
Photos from ACA NSW's post 20/05/2024
Photos from Cairns Early Years Conference's post 16/05/2024

The Convention centre is buzzing today! :)



This week Nature Play QLD celebrates 10 years!

A big thank you to Murray Stewart, Allana Bold, Andrew Boyle, Sharon Hodges and of course the wonderful Hyahno Moser for their vision, risk taking and shear willingness and determination to make Nature Play QLD happen!

A mighty big thank you to everyone who has been part of the NPQ journey over the 10 years. Together we have had a mission a to get kids outdoors in unstructured play in nature. We have achieved a lot and there is still more to do.

Australian Institute of Play

QECSN - SAVE THE DATE! 10/05/2024


QECSN - SAVE THE DATE! We recognize that early childhood is a critical phase of life for encouraging sustainable approaches for children, families and services. QECSN is a network supporting services and educators to participate in everyday practices relating to sustainability and to engage families and communities in thi...

Photos from Cairns Early Years Conference's post 10/05/2024

❤️The Mini Movement Cairns is running a FREE introduction to infant massage class❤️
❤️1.00pm Wednesday 08.05.24 or 11.00am Saturday 11.05.24❤️
❤️Bookings are essential❤️



Play IS learning.

Isn't it odd how this sketch from 1993 (30 years ago) is still relevant today?

While there have been some great strides and initiatives for early childhood learning and development, unfortunately we're still seeing far too much emphasis and preference on measurable results, while setting unrealistic expectations on young children to do and "perform" beyond their age and stage of development.

It is undeniable that young children require large chunks of time that is strictly devoted to child-led play - not only for the deepest and most meaningful learning to happen, but for overall healthy growth across all domains of development.

So why is this still not as widely known and practiced? What are you thoughts?

Credit to Sandra J. Stone for creating this powerful image that helps makes learning visible!

Photos from Far North Early Childhood Network's post 11/04/2024

The Smith Family would like to invite you to attend ‘Let’s Read’ training to become a Let’s Read Community Professional.

This training is a fully Nationally-funded program and will enable you to be part of delivering the Let’s Read Community Program in the Cairns community.

Let’s Read is an evidence-based early literacy program that we will roll out in the community, offering a number of alternatives for you to attend.

Mon May 20th – offered on-line AND/OR Wed June 5th - offered Face-to-Face. Please choose the one that best suits.



ATTENSION Free events!

Cairns Safer Streets are hosting a FREE Easter Egg Hunt, Sausage Sizzle, Games and Prizes.

When: 28th March 2024
Where: Shang Park- 2 Long Street Moorabool
Time: 3.00pm to 5:00pm

Hop along to have some fun! 🐰

Child-centred approaches to supporting children in out-of-home care 26/03/2024

Child-centred approaches to supporting children in out-of-home care

Thu, Mar 28, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM AEST

Presenters: Meryl Klimczak, Paula May, Dana Shen and Nicole Rollbusch

This webinar will explore practical ways to engage with children in out-of-home care (OOHC) to support their mental health and wellbeing.

This webinar will help you:
• understand the effects of being in care on children’s participation, identity and self-worth
• understand the importance of culture and identity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in OOHC
• understand how conversation and activities that increase participation, identity and self-worth can boost children’s mental health and wellbeing
• develop strategies to effectively initiate and engage in conversations and activities that enhance children’s participation, identity and self-worth.

Make sure to test your system before the webinar: https://support.goto.com/webinar/system-check-attendee-av

Read our Frequently Asked Questions: https://aifs.gov.au/accessibility/webinar-faqs

A recording of the webinar will be made available on the AIFS website: https://aifs.gov.au/webinars
This webinar is co-produced by CFCA and Emerging Minds in a series focusing on children’s mental health. They are working together as part of the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care under the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program.

Weblink- https://aifs.gov.au/webinars/child-centred-approaches-supporting-children-out-of-home-care

Child-centred approaches to supporting children in out-of-home care This webinar will explore practical ways to engage with children in out-of-home care to support their mental health and wellbeing.


The Centre for Children’s Health and Wellbeing and Better Health North Queensland invite you to attend a lunch-time session to hear about the Connecting2u program.

Connecting2u (C2u) is a free health program supporting Queensland parents and carers for the first five years of a child’s life. Participants receive culturally inclusive text messages with tips, health information and reminders to support the health and wellbeing of children and their parents. Tailored messaging is also available to support parents or carers who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. The program has helped over 8,000 families since 2014.

When: Wednesday 27th March
Time: 12.00pm-12.30pm
Where: Victual Teams Meeting
Cost: Free
Register below-

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Learning in and With Nature | Cottonwood Learning 25/03/2024

April 2024 in Cairns!!!

Nature Pedagogy - the ‘why’ approach to outdoor learning, the theorists & the benefits… and how it can look in services…

* Want to support children’s wellbeing, holistic play & learning?
* Want to know how you can implement nature play easily in your day?
Then head over to

For 15% off the ticket price please use discount code ‘15OFF’ when you book.

Engaging hands on nature play activities for anyone ready to extend children’s learning & well-being through nature play.


Learning in and With Nature | Cottonwood Learning This Professional Development workshop shares theoretical & practical knowledge and ideas, to embed nature pedagogy into your existing curriculum and learning spaces.


Love these for keeping organised 🙏

🚨 Exciting news! 🚨 We're giving away 10 of our popular Daily and Weekly Planners! Remember, increase your chances of winning by tagging multiple fellow educators in separate comments!

To enter:
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We'll draw the winner on Friday, 8 March. Both of you will receive 5 planners each! 🎉Entries close on Thursday, 7 March at 11.59 pm, so hurry and don't miss out! Available for people residing in Australia only.

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If you are interested in supporting students with disability to be included in local schools, register to attend two free workshops by Australian School Inclusion Consultant Loren Swancutt.

🌟 Workshop 1: Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
🗓️ Thursday, 21 March 2024
⏰ 3:30 - 5:30 pm AEDT
🖥️ Online via Zoom
🎟️ Free event

Discover how Universal Design for Learning can support the inclusion of students with disability in the classroom.

🌟 Workshop 2: Planning for personalised learning
🗓️ Thursday, 11 April 2024
⏰ 3:30 - 5:30 pm AEDT
🖥️ Online via Zoom
🎟️ Free event

Learn how to identify and plan for personalised learning to maximise student outcomes and well-being.

Learn more about these workshops on our website and register today!

All Means All - The Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education
Children and Young People with Disability Australia
ALSA (Australian Law Students' Association)
CRU - Community Resource Unit Ltd.
Down Syndrome Australia
Enabled Youth Disability Network
Family Advocacy
Inclusive Educators Australia
JFA Purple Orange
Queensland Advocacy for Inclusion - QAI
Queensland Collective for Inclusive Education
Square Peg Round Whole Public PAGE
Star Victoria
Starting With Julius
Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby
Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
Youth Disability Advocacy Network - YDAN
YDAS - Youth Disability Advocacy Service


🌟 Community Access and Inclusion Survey 2024 🌟
Mission Australia are on a mission to create a community that embraces diversity and ensures equal access for all. Your voice matters, and we invite you to be a part of positive change through our Community Access and Inclusion Survey.

🤝 Why Your Participation Matters:
Our goal is to work alongside you, identifying and addressing barriers to access and inclusion. Your input will shape robust Community Capacity Building Plans in each of Mission Australia's service areas.

🌈 Survey Accessibility:
We understand the importance of accessibility, and the survey is available in various formats including Auslan, Braille, Easy Read (online and hard copy), Chinese, Italian, Nepalese, and Punjabi.

🌟 How Your Input Shapes Positive Change:
-Quality Evidence: Your responses strengthen our evidence for impactful community projects.
- Showcasing Success: Measure and celebrate the incredible work happening in our community.
- Improving Our Services: Your feedback guides us in making services more accessible and inclusive.
- Having Your Say: An opportunity to voice opinions on matters important to you.
- Community Collaboration: Results shared with groups and services for enhanced access and inclusion.
- Turning Ideas into Action: Your input guides us in implementing community-suggested improvements.

🚀 How to Participate: click link below or QR code on flyer
For alternative formats, contact Alison Cotter at [email protected].

Your responses are building a stronger, more inclusive community for everyone. 🌍✨
Let's create positive change together! 💙


🌟 Community Support Announcement 🌟

In the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Jasper, we understand the challenges our community is facing.

Centacare FNQ is offering a range of services to support you with:

✨ Individualised Planning
✨ Resource Navigation, including:
- Emergency Relief
- School Supports
- Grants Applications
- Application Process Issues
- Digital Access
- Household Goods
- Housing
- Documentation and Insurance

💙 Emotional Support:
- Dealing with stress, anxiety, and trauma

🤲 Practical Assistance:
- Navigating red tape and complex online applications or documentation

🔊 Advocacy:
- Ensuring your needs are heard and addressed

For more information contact 🤝 Centacare FNQ
Contact them at 📞 0467 776 553 or 📧 [email protected]

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