Welcome to the first issue of ECA Conference News for 2015
Thank you to all who have already shown enthusiasm and support for the next ECA National Conference—This is childhood: Pedagogy and practice in the early years—set to take place in Darwin 5–8 October 2016.
The 2016 Conference promises to be influential in thinking, cutting edge in delivery and a time to remember. These ECA Conference News updates will keep you abreast of developments and special opportunities, so keep an eye out for future editions!
As many education and care professionals can testify the Early Childhood Australia Conference is an event not to be missed. The 2016 Conference in Darwin promises to offer everything that previous events have provided and much more. With attendances over 1500 and growing, it is an opportunity for practitioners, professionals, academics and policy makers who work to support young children with improved education, health and wellbeing outcomes to immerse themselves in discussion, debate and network with peers from Australia and beyond.
I hope you will be part of this premier conference!
Ros Cornish, ECA President
Introducing the concept underpinning the 2016 conference
This is childhood celebrates the capability, strengths and joy of children and childhood in Australia.
At the 2016 ECA National Conference share a vision that places childhood at the centre of practice and pedagogy for the early years. This is childhood in Australia. The thriving, complex, beautiful Top End has the highest proportion of children in the population than in any other part of Australia. Come and learn in the place that fuses diverse Australian childhoods, where capital city and urban meet remote and regional. Venture into new territory that brings culturally diverse perspectives, evidence-based practice, traditions and new thinking together. Connect with colleagues, share and consider early childhood teaching and learning through practical, theoretical and reflective lenses.
Inspire—be inspired to reach beyond quality
Call for papers
Your opportunity to present at the ECA Conference is here!
Applications to present at this conference are now open under the four conference themes: Inspire, Imagine, Create or Discover. Presentations can be either a stand-alone oral presentation or a traditional poster presentation.
Sponsorship of the ECA Conference is a great way to promote your organisation/business to the early childhood sector.
Exhibition booths and sponsorship opportunities SOLD OUT for the 2012 and 2014 conferences. To ensure you reserve your position at this important sector event, visit here.
To download the Sponsorship and exhibition prospectus click here.
Subsidised booth initiative
ECA understands that exhibiting at the conference is prohibitive for some organisations. We recognise that some organisations may find it difficult to participate in the conference because of limited resources and/or long travel distances. To provide an opportunity and reduce barriers to participate at the 2016 Conference, ECA is offering a small number of subsidised exhibition booths, sponsored by Early Childhood Australia, to support organisations that otherwise would not be able to exhibit at the ECA Conference.
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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.