Live webinar – Supporting families who experience vulnerabilities: funding with impact


ECA member price: Free  (including ECA Learning Hub Subscribers)

Date: Thursday 12th November

Time: 1-2pm

We all know that 2020 has been a challenging year for countless Australians. Data indicates that many families have experienced significant disadvantage including (but not limited to) financial hardship, domestic violence and illness. As educators, knowing how to support families in this time can be challenging.

This presentation explores new research by Associate Professor Sandie Wong and what we can all do to better support families. This work draws on the experience of Australian families who have received financial support from the government during a period of disadvantage or vulnerability. Importantly it highlights the essential role educators play in assisting families as they apply for and receive additional funding.

Myra Geddes, who leads Goodstart’s social impact strategy, will explore some of the key background to this work and Sandie will share cases from services and families. This session aims to address key issues including:

  • Lack of community awareness of the funds available to support families
  • Lack of clarity around the application process and requirements
  • Lack of communication between Centrelink and Families
  • The educators role in supporting families to understand entitlements
  • Delays in processing applications and then distributing funds

This webinar is suitable for all early childhood professionals.

ECA Learning Hub subscribers will receive this event for free as part of their subscription and will be available 2 weeks after the event. If ECA Learning Hub subscribers want to watch it live on the day, the non-ECA member price will apply.

If ECA Learning Hub subscribers wish to register for the live event please call 1800 356 900.

Please note, you will receive registration confirmation within one working day. Also note online registrations for this event will close 3 hours prior to start time. Should you still wish to register after this time please contact our customer service team on 1800 356 900.

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About the Presenters:

Myra Geddes  oversees Goodstart’s social impact strategy, policy, measurement, research and evaluation and social inclusion programs and initiatives. Myra and her team amplify the delivery of Goodstart’s social purpose and impact across the country. Myra brings significant experience to Goodstart, as a driving force of social policy and reform that has helped transform and improve the quality of life of Australians. She has been the senior social policy advisor to two Australian prime ministers and has worked across early childhood education and care, schools, community services and health policy at state and national levels. Myra’s career began as a teacher in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. She is deeply committed to supporting those working closest with children and is a passionate believer in the power of early learning to transform children’s lives. Myra co-wrote Preschool – Two Years are Better Than One with Dr Stacey Fox at the Mitchell Institute which aimed to help compel Australia to pursue a national commitment to ensuring all three-year-olds have access to high-quality early childhood education by offering a second year of preschool.

Sandi Wong  is an Associate Professor at Macquarie University, and a Research Fellow with Goodstart Early Learning. Sandie has worked as an academic, manager, researcher, evaluator, educator, consultant and nurse, within a range of early childhood, academic and health organisations. Sandie is committed to working in collaborative, strengths-based ways, with academics from a range of disciplines, early childhood organisations and practitioners, and governments, to lead and support high quality research, evaluation and practitioner enquiry, that contributes to best practice in early childhood. Her current work investigates: early childhood practices (including inter-professional practice); workforce issues (including educator time-use); educator well-being; and the history of early childhood internationally. Sandie is on the Editorial Committee of the Australasian Journal of Early Childhood.