The Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) is a not-for-profit, member-funded organisation advocating for the future of Australia's children.
We work on behalf of long day care owners and operators to ensure families and their children have an opportunity to access affordable, high quality early learning services throughout Australia.

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Kids Alive

Tragically, drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in children under 5 in Australia.

Many children will also experience non-fatal drownings, which can lead to debilitating life-long disabilities.

This is why water safety education is so important for all young children in Australia.
To help prevent drowning fatalities and injuries, Laurie Lawrence and the and the "Kids Alive - Do the Five" team have released an online resource which promotes water safety to young children and offers a professional development opportunity for Early Childhood Educators. 
Be You

Be You is the Federal Government’s renewed and expanded investment in children's mental health and wellbeing, covering the early years through school and up to the age of 18.

The initiative builds on ECA’s 10 years working with Beyond Blue to deliver KidsMatter Early Childhood.

If you're already participating in KidsMatter, you will transition seamlessly to Be You. If not you can join  by visiting the Be You website -

Be You is a mental health and wellbeing initiative for children in early childhood education and care services (preschools, kindergartens and day care centres) and primary schools.

Bringing the heart thank you

A huge thank you to all members who ran fundraising activities for our "Bringing the heart of Australia together this Christmas" campaign with Foodbank Australia this year. 
As a result of donations from you and your generous families, we are able to provide 1,120 meals to people in need this Christmas!

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The Department of Education and Training (DET) has put together a list of important actions, which early learning approved providers will need to complete now if they haven't yet done so.

These include:

We encourage you to talk to your ACA state body about any ongoing issues you may have.