With only 203 days to go, we have sold over 480 tickets. Take advantage of early bird registration and secure your ticket online today!
Join over 1200 early childhood education and care professionals to hear from the leaders within our sector including:
Professor Carla Rinaldi, Adelaide Thinker in Residence 2012–2013 and President of Reggio Children (Italy).
Claire Warden, International educational consultant (United Kingdom).
Maria Aarts, Founder and Director of the Marte Meo International Network (Netherlands).
Dr Chip Donohue, Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and Director of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago (USA).
Malarndirri McCarthy, a Yanyuwa woman from Borroloola in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory who is a Senior Journalist/Presenter for NITV News and host of Week in Review (Australia).
Associate Professor Susan Edwards, Early Childhood Education at the Australian Catholic University, Learning Sciences Institute of Australia (Australia).
Associate Professor Richard Fletcher, Family Action Centre, Faculty of Health and Medicine, the University of Newcastle (Australia).
Plus choose from over 100 concurrent sessions, attend networking events and social events, and visit over 80 exhibitors on display. This three-day conference will challenge, invigorate and inspire. We look forward to seeing you there.
Download a copy of the registration brochure here.
Early childhood awards applications closing 30 March!
Apply today! Nominations will be closing soon for the 2016 awards; don’t miss your chance to submit your application! Information about each award and how to apply are available for the following:
For more information about these awards, please click here.
HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards
The HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards are presented by HESTA—your health and community services industry super fund—and supported by Early Childhood Australia.
ME has been a generous supporter of the awards since 2010.
The awards will be held in Darwin on Friday 7 October 2016, in conjunction with the Early Childhood Australia National Conference.
There are three categories in all, designed to cover the wide range of professions and skills exhibited by Australia’s early childhood education and care professionals. Early childhood educators or professionals who used their initiative and leadership can be nominated for:
Australasian Journal of Early Childhood(AJEC) Research Symposium, 5 October 2016
‘Whose knowledge is it anyway? Pushing the evidence base in early childhood research’
The third early childhood Australasian Journal of Early Childhood (AJEC) Research Symposium will take place as part of the 2016 ECA National Conference.
AJEC is Australasia’s foremost scholarly journal and the world’s longest-running major journal within the early childhood field. Published quarterly, AJEC offers research-based articles that are designed to impart new information and encourage the critical exchange of ideas among early childhood practitioners, academics and students.
We welcome participants including postgraduate students, academics, researchers and practitioners at all levels from around the world to come together to share cutting-edge knowledge and forge research networks in Australasia and beyond.
For more information and to register for the AJEC Research Symposium, please click here.
Please note that places are limited: book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be purchased online during the conference registration process.
Let your hair down at the conference social events!
Network and join friends and colleagues at the following social events:
Full conference delegates receive one ticket to the welcome reception with their registration. Additional tickets can be purchased for guests, concession and day delegates at $80 per person. Additional tickets can be purchased with your online registration.
Venue: Darwin Convention Centre Date: Wednesday 5 October 2016 Time: 5.30 pm–7.30 pm
HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards Dinner
The HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards recognise outstanding early childhood education and care professionals. The awards dinner is optional and available at an extra cost for all delegates, partners and guests. It will be a night of celebration and dancing! Ticket cost includes dinner, drinks and entertainment. Please purchase tickets during your conference registration.
Venue: Double Tree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin, 116 The Esplanade, Darwin, NT 0800 Date: Friday 7 October 2016 Time: 6.30 pm—late Cost: $110 per person Dress: Cocktail/after five
This is an optional social activity for delegates. As the sun dips into the Arafura Sea every Thursday and Sunday evening, most of Darwin descends on Mindil Beach; tables, chairs, rugs and eskies in tow. Food is the main attraction from Thai, Sri Lankan, Indian, Chinese and Malaysian, to Brazilian, Greek, Portuguese and more. Colourful arts and crafts vendors will also peddle their wares including handmade jewellery, natural remedies, artistic creations and unique fashion statements. Shop till you drop, catch a fire show, stop for a massage or be entertained by buskers, bands and talented performers as you wind your way through the palm lined boulevards.
There will be no branch drinks for 2016, however we will offer a bus transfer from the Darwin Convention Centre (return) at $15 per person. The ticket excludes any meals and beverages. Buses will depart from the convention centre between 6.00 pm–7.00 pm and return between 8.30 pm–9.30 pm. Otherwise you are more than welcome to make your own arrangements.
Date: Thursday 6 October 2016 Bus to market: 6.00 pm–7.00 pm Bus from market: 8.30 pm–9.30 pm Cost: $15 per person (Ticket only. Allow for transport between specific times noted)
Tickets can be purchased online during the conference registration process.
Sponsorship and exhibition
Hurry—only four exhibition booths remain; book now to secure a booth before they run out.
To view a list of current exhibitors, please click here.
If you are interested in exhibiting at the conference or would like more information about our sponsorship packages, please contact the conference office on 02 6242 1800 or download the Sponsorship and exhibition prospectus.
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Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has been a voice for young children since 1938. We are the peak early childhood advocacy organisation, acting in the interests of young children, their families and those in the early childhood field. ECA advocates to ensure quality, social justice and equity in all issues relating to the education and care of children aged birth to eight years.