Welcome to Early Years Connect. The purpose of Early Years Connect is to help educators support children with complex additional needs to participate in early childhood education and care (ECEC) services in Queensland. When we talk about 'complex additional needs', we mean:
- significant developmental delay
- complex social, emotional and behavioural needs.
Every child has the right to access ECEC services and every child can benefit from meaningful participation in an ECEC program. Children with complex additional needs may need particular support or consideration to achieve success in their ECEC service. For educators, this means learning about the child, their interests and abilities through close collaboration with families, allied health professionals and support agencies. When we work together—educators, children, families and other professionals—we can provide children with the best start in life.
Early Years Connect will help you to learn about supporting children with complex additional needs and how to use professional partnerships to strengthen your team.
This short video outlines the purpose of Early Years Connect.
Transcript for video (DOC, 25KB)
Learning and resources
Early Years Connect was comprised of 4 main components: face-to-face workshops (delivered between October 2015 and June 2017), webinars (delivered between February 2016 and June 2017), information sheets, including a glossary of terms, and a series of online modules.
While the very popular live webinars and face-to-face workshops have been delivered,
webinar recordings can still be accessed below.
The Early Years Connect information sheets provide quick access to key facts and advice about inclusion, disability support, legislation and working with families and other professionals. They are suitable for educators, service supervisors and management.
Setting the scene|
Creating inclusive early childhood education and care services
The principles of inclusion
Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth) (PDF, 314KB)(DOC, 48KB)
Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Queensland) (PDF, 373KB)
Disability Standards for Education 2005 (Commonwealth) (PDF, 290KB)(DOC, 52KB)
Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Queensland) (PDF, 407KB)
Child Protection Act 1999 (Queensland)
Leading and implementing change|
Making inclusion a strategic priority for your service
Developing and reviewing policies and procedures
Developing a Disability Action Plan (PDF, 277KB)(DOC, 49KB)
Developing decision-making and risk management frameworks
Working with families and service providers|
Working together to create inclusive service and communities
Fostering the development of transdisciplinary practice
A professional development framework to support inclusion
Promoting and celebrating achievements in inclusion (PDF, 273KB) (DOC, 47KB)
Glossary of terms (PDF, 125 KB) (DOC, 40KB)
Learners are invited to join us for flexible online learning with Early Years Connect. Our 8 online modules contain text, video, activities and assessments to help you learn more about inclusion. Complete the modules whenever it suits you, then download your Certificate of Completion. These online modules are also
mapped to qualifications in early childhood education and care.
The course overview and Modules 1–8 are currently available for completion.
The Early Years Connect project incorporated a series of webinars which were presented as an opportunity for participants to ask questions, contribute their own comments and to connect with experts and colleagues right across Queensland. Each webinar ran for approximately 1 hour and recordings are available below: