Diamond Valley and Eltham Kindergarten Teachers Association was formed in 1987 to meet the professional development needs of kindergarten teachers working within the Shire of Diamond Valley and Eltham. Changes within council boundaries led to the inclusion of all kindergartens within Nillumbik and Banyule.

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    April Newsletter

    Hope you’re enjoying your holidays!

    Hi all,

    Hoping this Newsletter finds everyone making the most of the term break to refresh, relax and rejuvenate.

    Please be aware that this will be the final newsletter for those people who have decided not to renew their membership as membership has now closed.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact D.E.K.T.A. if you have any queries or suggestions. This can be done via the website: www.dekta.org.au

    Melanie Rolands

    Newsletter Co-ordinator

    (Woodridge Pre-school)

    Term Dates 2019

    TERM 1

    Tuesday 29th January - Friday 5th April

    TERM 2

    Tuesday 23rd April - Friday 28th June

    TERM 3

    Monday 15th July - Friday 20th September

    TERM 4

    Monday 7th October - Friday 20th December

    2019 D.E.K.T.A. Conference

    Friday 13th September, 2019

    Making Connections Professional Development Sessions

    Topic: Managing Meltdowns

    Alisha Rotella & Meg McIntosh

    Playful Pathways Occupational Therapy Services

    Date: Friday, 17th May, 2019

    Time: Light Refreshments 2.45pm

    Meeting Begins 3pm

    Location: The Tree Tops Room

    Rivers Garden & Function Centre

    28 Kurrak Road, Yarrambat

    Topic: Tips for efficiently managing your QIP

    Matthew Stapleton (Centre Support)

    Date: Friday, 7th June, 2019

    Time: Light Refreshments 2.45pm

    Meeting Begins 3pm

    Location: Diamond Creek Tavern

    Upstairs Function Room

    Parking available at footy ovals

    R.S.V.P. (for seating and catering)



    DEKTA are thrilled to announce that we have secured Dr Red Ruby Scarlet for this years conference.

    Dr Red Ruby Scarlet is an activist, artist, early childhood teacher-researcher, consultant and academic. Red has been working in early childhood for over 25 years and is devoted to creative, imaginative, inclusive practices that promote dignity and integrity in early childhood. Red has developed curriculum and learning frameworks nationally and internationally. Red has published widely foregrounding the stories of the numerous ‘teacher-research’ and ‘research with children’ projects Red has lead and contributed to across the world.

    Her current books include The Anti-Bias Approach in Early Childhood (Ed), Fair’s Fair: How to tackle bias in education and care settings (co-authored with Lisa Bryant) forthcoming The Aboriginal Early Childhood Practice Guide (co-authored with Jessica Staines) and Becoming with art in early childhood.

    Red is currently the Creative Director of MultiVerse – an organisation devoted to creating professional development and resourcing for early childhood that is committed to arts, anti-bias approaches, inclusive pedagogies, and curriculum. She is currently a part-time teacher at Clovelly Children’s Centre in Sydney NSW. Red plays a leadership role in the Social Justice In Early Childhood group and is the founder of the Social Justice In Early Childhood Foundation.

    Red will provide our morning keynote and a workshop as well as an afternoon keynote — ‘NQF The Musical’ with Louise Dorrat.


    As you would all be aware, all centres have access to our extensive resource library. There has been a small change in the procedure for borrowing resources. Please see below information.

    Location: Eltham War Memorial Complex - 905 Main Road, Eltham

    To Access: Contact Jo Barker (Resource Library Coordinator) on 0425 747 425 for key code

    The D.E.K.T.A Resource Library is a valuable way for pre-schools to expand their educational programs. It allows your Centre to access many and varied Resource Kits and access to equipment. For example: book binder, laminator, marimba, etc. Outdoor Foam Equipment for Gross Motor Development and Literacy and Numeracy Kits. Current members can view the online catalogue at http://www.dekta.org.au/library-catalogue.html for complete list of resource kits, equipment and supplies.

    Join us in 2019

    At 7.30pm at the SJI Hub

    15/286-288 Maroondah Highway, Chirnside Park

    Tuesday 30th April

    Tuesday 1st June (Hurstbridge Hub)

    Tuesday 25th June

    Tuesday 30th July

    Dear DEKTA,

    I would like to sincerely thank DEKTA for the wonderful farewell that you organised for me last Friday. I felt very humbled by everyone’s comments, acknowledgement and well wishes.

    Thank you for the lovely card and flowers and the very generous gift cards. I am really looking forward to using the gift cards on my travels. The flowers are still blooming magnificently as I write this email.

    Once again I wish to thank everyone involved with DEKTA for your dedication and commitment to the early childhood field. This has made my job as a Preschool Field Officer very rewarding over many years.

    Wishing everyone all the very best.

    Kind regards,

    Jenny Scammell

    Carly Colbert (0419 962 611 ) Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Currently working Eltham Woods Preschool in both 3 and 4 year old Available Tuesday & Thursday

    Kaye Gray (0422 118 630)

    Teacher (3yo & 4yo)

    Available Tuesday - Friday

    Jenny Fluck - ECT (0403 017 858)

    Available most days

    Jacqui Harley - (all qualifications & first aid up to date)

    Available Monday - Friday

    Phone 9431 5262 (Relay Relief Agency)

    Helen Stray (0408 319 559)

    VIT & First Aid

    Available Monday, Tuesday & Thursday (all day)

    Wednesday & Friday (morning)

    D.E.K.T.A. now has its own Facebook page and group. Please join our group and stay up to date with the latest D.E.K.T.A .news. If you are having any problems finding us, please use the help button on the D.E.K.T.A. website and we will be able to assist you.

    If you have anything that you would like to share, please let us know so that we can put it into our Newsletter. The newsletter goes out to all of our members, which as of recently was 140 people from around the region. It is a wonderful platform to pass on information or ask question.