A suite of tools and resources on the B4 Early Years Coalition.
On this page:
Making Marks – a celebration of Childrens Art 2019
The B4 Early Years Coalition (B4) and partners invite all children aged birth to 4 years to make marks and submit their work for the Making Marks, children’s art exhibition (2019).
Making Marks aims to celebrate, nurture and support the voice of the child through art and will be officially launched on Wednesday 25 September at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG). The exhibition is being held in conjunction with the Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Conference in Hobart.
Approximately 50 individual works will be selected by a curatorial team led by Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM for the exhibition. Works selected will be representative of the depth, diversity and range of art from across Tasmania geographically and within children from birth to 4 years. All work entered will be displayed in a digital format at the exhibition.
Supporting Guides and submission form for Making Marks:
- Entering work by children – Submitting Artworks
- Adults and Children Making Marks – Talking and working with children birth to four years as artists together
- Capturing the story of the child.
- The Curatorial Team – Who and how
Additional supporting information and documents;
- Video Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM “Celebrating young children’s creative explorations in mark-making – why and how.” Listen to Dr Piscitelli explore mark making with very young children and share her experiences and knowledge.
- Making Marks – the development of children’s drawing
- Curating Childrens Art Exhibition
Launching into Learning (LiL) taking action in the early years with B4 – Children’s Street Galleries
In 2018 Moonah LiL piloted a “Children’s Street Gallery” as their action for B4 to ensure every child pregnancy to 4 years gets a great start. Making children visible and celebrating Tasmania’s youngest citizens as capable, confident and creative. “Children’s Street Gallery’s” showcased the voices and images of children through displays in local business windows during National Children’s Week, held annually in October. Children and families worked together with the community securing local business partnerships, and deciding creating and installing the displays. As a part of the pilot a range of resources where developed to support LiL’s across the state to get involved and play their part. The resources are attached and provided for other services and communities to repurpose and use in your communities and contexts. Attached are:
- How to participate – an overview of Childrens Street Galleries
- Letter of introduction for Businesses and a menu of ideas
- Thank you Certificate
- Thank you letter
The B4 Early Years Coalition Toolkit was released on Monday 18 February 2019. This Toolkit provides resources and information to support everyone to take action everywhere everyday, care for and nurture our children through their early years. The Toolkit includes the Early Years Story which shares why this period of a child’s life is so important.
To see this information please go to the links below:
‘It’s a Great Start’ – Department of Education
Launching into Learning (LiL) – Department of Education
Child Health and Parenting Service – Tasmanian Health Service
Australian Early Development Census – National results
CLICK HERE for an electronic version of the new Blokes’ Book 2017. Support for men and boys.
News and Media
- B4 Early Years Coalition Mascot Launch – Percy the Pygmy Possum. Percy is a Tasmanian Pygmy Possum who will help share the important B4 messages. For more details on Percy go to this link.
- The Interim Commissioner for Children and Young People has released the second annual edition of the Health and Wellbeing of Tasmania’s Children and Young People Report for 2018. It builds upon the work undertaken by former Commissioner Morrissey in 2016 and 2017. The 2018 Report includes demographic data, data pertaining to early childhood and the transition to school, and middle childhood and adolescence, and data relating to targeted support for children and young people. It is designed to provide individuals, community members, professionals, members of government and non-government organisations, and children and young people , with a picture of the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Tasmania.
- The Health and Wellbeing of Tasmania’s Children and Young People Report 2018
- The child-friendly version of the Health and Wellbeing of Tasmania’s Children and Young People Report 2018
- Media Release – Building Great Communities for Tasmania’s Children – 5 July 2018
- Talking Point Article by Ros Cornish – June 2018
- ABC Radio Inverview 2 June 2018 Tracey Bradley – Council joins B4 Early Learning Coalition
- Media Release – Council joins B4 Early Learning Coalition – 31 May 2018
- B4 Update – Membership Structure
- Early Years critical in education – Dr Laura Jana Seminar – Talking Point by Dr. Becky Shelley
- Examiner article: Dr Laura Jana, author of The Toddler Brain, was in Launceston – 24 April 2018
- Media Release – Dr Laura Jana – Early childhood really is everybody’s business! – 24 April 2018
- Media Release- B4 New Leaders – 31 January 2018
- Media Release – Dr Laura Jana – Send Kindergarteners to School with these Key Social and Emotional Skills – 3 August 2018
Video and Audio
Dr Michelle Lucas Executive Director of CMM – Social Change and Senior Fellow of the Harwood Institute (U.S.A) shares her knowledge, wisdom and expertise on Collective Impact and what it means for B4. As Founder of CMM, Michelle has worked for 20 years designing, implementing and refining a collective approach to address complex social challenges throughout Australia and Asia. Michelle’s work with The Harwood Institute focuses on enabling impact nationally and globally while codifying the aspects of collective action which can build shared responsibility
Dr Michelle Lucas – B4 Talks – Part 1
- Please check out the link to CoLab’s amazing “Bright Tomorrows start today” campaign re the early Years
- Give your child a great start on their lifelong education It’s A Great Start website and It’s A Great Start Facebook
- Australian Early Development Census The AEDC aims to support communities to bring long-term benefits to children and their families.
- Healthy Kids Healthy eating and physical activity are two key ways to keep children healthy and prevent childhood overweight and obesity.
- Kidsafe Guidea link to the State Growth Child Restraint Guide. Kidsafe is a nationally based charitable, non-government organisation dedicated to child safety.
- Playgroup Tasmania aims to strengthen communities, support family connections and foster learning through play for all children.
- The Front Project – The early years springboard – Businesses working together to improve early childhood outcomes and give children the best chance for future success.
- Future Tracks – is a new social enterprise designed to attract and support the next generation of early childhood teacher by providing strong career pathways, mentoring and leadership opportunities to students while they complete a Batchelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
- Let’s Count Online – an exciting new initiative from the Smith Family. The Smith Family is seeking expressions of interest from early years’ educators to take part in their Let’s count online pilot.
- Children’s Week 19 – 27 October 2019 Celebrate and support children’s week.
- A chance to hear from national early years sustainability educators and researchers and alignments with the National Quality Standard. For further information.
- Don’t miss out on posters, workshops, National Child Protection Week theme & key dates
- The Bush Kinder – Learning on Country community session at the SLC is open to all community members on Mondays 9.30 – 11.00 with pre -school aged chn. The program is supported by Aboriginal Education Services.
- DV Alert – Free Training: Domestic and Family Violence Training for frontline workers. For more information and to register click here.