Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2018



Collaborative leadership in a world of complexity—masterclass with Leanne Gibbs

Leadership today is enacted in a complex and dynamic environment. Because of this, a strong and collaborative team is needed to face the challenges of governance, compliance, cultural change and the political landscape where early childhood education and care lives. This session, founded on the ECA Leadership Program, incorporates your experiences and the latest research and strategies for building sustainable and creative leadership and teams.

The ‘Collaborative leadership in a world of complexity’ masterclass with Leanne Gibbs will expand your knowledge on leadership and on collaborative approaches to building your team.

The session will have a strong focus on ‘Leadership Capability 6—Collaboratively creates a cohesive and effective team’. 

Date: Wednesday 19 September 2018
Time: 8.30 am–12.30 pm (registration from 8.30-9.00 am)
Venue: International Convention Centre Sydney 
Room: C3.2
Rate: $121.00 per person (incl. GST)
Presenter: Leanne Gibbs


Leanne Gibbs has worked in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector for more than 30 years. She holds qualifications in early childhood education, politics and public policy. Leanne’s roles have included teacher and director of long day care and preschool programs; adviser and manager with local, state and federal governments; teacher and lecturer within early education, management and leadership programs; manager of professional development programs for major providers; and CEO of a peak provider in ECEC. She has authored publications on advocacy, management, policy and leadership. Leanne currently sits on boards and national advisory committees, works with organisations to build leadership and governance capacity, and is a PhD candidate at Charles Sturt University undertaking research on leadership in ECEC.

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Completing the Collaborative Leadership in a World of Complexity masterclass will contribute 3 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 and 2.2.1 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Nature Pedagogy meets technology: a perfect match or an incompatible disaster? Masterclass with Claire Warden

This masterclass draws together two diverse fields, nature pedagogy and technology enabled learning. Often we see these approaches as incompatible, but this masterclass allows us to revisit this and consider connections. Participants will engage in hands on sessions exploring nature pedagogy and technology, focusing on opportunities and challenges for educators.

Date: Wednesday 19 September 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (registration from 1.00-1.30 pm)
Venue: International Convention Centre Sydney
Room: C3.2
Rates: $154.00 (incl. GST)


Claire Warden

Claire’s approach to Nature Kindergartens has earned her international recognition as a pioneer in educational thinking. Her respect for children and families runs through the Floorbook approach that is used within Nature Pedagogy to incorporate children’s voices into intentional teaching. Claire Warden is one of the world’s leading consultants and writers on the use of consultative methods in education. 

The centre for excellence she has set up in the UK is renowned for Auchlone Nature Kindergarten and the consultative Floorbooks used there.  Her own learning pathway as a teacher, involves working in a wide variety of settings (2-18 years), mentoring and advisory work, authoring over 14 books and designing resources and landscapes.

Claire is an international advisor to the Children and Nature Network, World Forum Foundation and the International School Grounds Group. She is a Visiting Fellow at Strathclyde University, Research Fellow and consultant at The Federation University, Australia and is currently engaged in a PhD exploring Nature Pedagogy.

Dr Kate Highfield

Kate Highfield is an experienced teacher and researcher with an interest in how technology impacts on learning, pedagogy and play. Prior to moving to Early Childhood Australia as General Manager Professional Learning and Research Kate spent over a decade working as a classroom teacher and then 10 years working as a Lecturer at Macquarie University, Institute of Early Childhood and as a research fellow at RIPPLE (Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education).

Kate researches the impact of technology as a tool with young children, parents and educators. Her current research focuses on the use of technology in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), with a focus on touch technologies and tech-toys, including interactive screens, tablets, iPads, robotics, smart toys and smartphones.

Who can register?

If you are registered for the ECA National Conference, you are eligible to register for this exclusive masterclass!

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Completing the Nature Pedagogy meets technology: a perfect match or an incomplete disaster? masterclass will contribute 3 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 and 2.2.1 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.