B4 Early Years Community Storyteller Grants Open.

The B4 Early Years Coalition (B4) Grants initially opened in February 2020 but where placed on hold due to the impact of COVID -19. The Grants have now reopened from Tuesday 1 September 2020 to eligible organisations for grants of up to $20,000 to enable communities to share early years story and promote actions that community members  can take to ensure every Tasmanian child gets a great start.

Guidelines, online application form and other supporting information available on the B4 website B4 Community Grants. Applications will be open until Wednesday 30 September 2020 March with successful applicants to be notified by November 2020. Previous applicants need not reapply.

Making Marks –
A Celebration of Children’s Art Travelling Exhibition

Artist: Arlo Highton - Squiggles car in the woods

The Making Marks—A Celebration of Childrens Art Travelling Exhibition is recommencing its touring schedule around Tasmania, and is currently at the Devonport Regional Art Gallery until Friday 18 September.

The exhibition celebrates the art of very young Tasmanian children, birth – 4 years. It showcases their ideas through their mark making.

The Exhibition was initially launched in Hobart in September last year receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews, as described by one attendee:

An amazing collection of children’s creativity, such a beautiful representation of the importance of children’s art”

National Child Protection Week 6-12 September

The theme of this years 30the National Child Protection week is Putting Children First!

Putting children first means prioritising the safety and wellbeing of children. To grow up well children need to feel safe and loved, have a chance to play and explore, have a say in decisions that affect them, and access to essential things like food, shelter and healthcare.

For children to thrive we need to come together as a community and put children’s needs first during National Child Protection Week and every week. To get involved NAPCAN have a range of ideas and activities at https://www.napcan.org.au/ncpw-get-involved/

Latest research news

New research from the Centre on the Developing Child has been released confirming the link between early childhood development and lifelong health.

A great InBrief explores how the brain is connected to the rest of the body and how interactions between all biological systems and their adaptions to context impact the developing child—for better or for worse.

View the InBrief report.