Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2018
Be the
difference for children and families

Be the difference for children and families is the theme for Early Childhood Australia’s National Conference to be held in Sydney, 19–22 September 2018. This event brings people together to recognise the impact of high-quality early childhood education on the lives of young children and their families, as well as the importance of investing in ongoing professional development for educators, teachers and sector leaders.

The conference will explore current and emerging practice, showcase professional development resources and facilitate deep reflective thinking. It is also a terrific opportunity to network with peers, meet with leading suppliers and see the latest technology available to support early childhood service delivery.

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Completing the 2018 ECA National Conference will contribute 13 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 and 2.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


This program is accredited by the ACT Teacher Quality Institute and has been accredited for 13 hours.

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Leadership and ethics

Everyone can be a leader; leadership can encompass leading yourself, leading others and leading ideas. 

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Rights and respect

Realising the right of every young child to thrive and to learn is at the heart of ECA’s purpose—it is why we exist.

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Contemporary practice in teaching and learning

Together we will explore the current and emerging trends in early childhood teaching and learning.  

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Risks and resilience

Early childhood is when the foundations for lifelong learning and wellbeing are established.

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Welcome from Ros Cornish, ECA National President


The Early Childhood Australia National Conference is one the most eagerly awaited events by those who work with young children across a myriad of professions.  It brings together early childhood educators, teachers, academics, leaders and other allied professionals from all around Australia and indeed overseas, to be inspired and share ideas and experiences in an environment of collegiality and collaboration.

It is an opportunity to challenge and be challenged, to affirm and be affirmed, to reflect critically and constructively, and importantly celebrate the achievements and gains made in our genuine effort to improve outcomes for children, their families and those who work with them each day.

The 2018 National Conference in Sydney is an opportunity to renew acquaintances and make new ones during the conference and associated events. I look forward to welcoming participants particularly as Early Childhood Australia celebrates its 80th year of advocacy and support on behalf of young children.

Discount for ECA Members

Discount for ECA members

Early Childhood Australia members receive a discount to the conference. If you are interested in becoming a member, there are a variety of Early Childhood Australia membership categories to choose from.

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Become a sponsor

Become a sponsor

Sponsorship of the Early Childhood Conference is a great way to promote your organisation or business to the early childhood sector. ECA will ensure that your investment is worthwhile with many direct and indirect benefits.

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Register today!

Register today!

Registration is now open for the ECA 2018 National Conference!

Register now and join us at the International Convention Centre Sydney 19–22 September 2018. 

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International Convention Centre Sydney

14 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW 2009

Our Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors—without your support the event would not be possible.






Platinum Sponsor

Modern Teaching Aids has been helping teachers and educators deliver the right learning outcomes for over 60 years. We stock the largest array of teaching resources and education supplies in Australia.

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BUNDJALUNG SEAN DELSIGNORE CABBAGE TREE ISLAND NSW Sean is known as ‘Bundjalung Sean’, he paints the land, people and sacred sites related to his country. Sean was born in northern NSW on Cabbage Tree Island. He has been painting since the age of 15 years, when he was first inspired to paint the Dreaming of his mother. ‘Ancestral Winds’ is the story about Sean’s experience as a child sitting around a campfire with his family listening to stories from the old days. During this story telling time, a soft wind began to stir the air and it was said that these winds carry their past ancestors; that these ancestors are here with them, looking after them.