ECA National Conference Newsletter
Save the date! The Early Childhood Australia (ECA) National Conference, Be the difference for children and families, is set to take place at the new International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, 19–22 September 2018.
The 2018 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 at the sector's largest conference, meet with leading suppliers and see the latest technology available to support early childhood service delivery.
The ECA National Conference Newsletter updates will keep you well-informed of developments and special opportunities, so keep an eye out for future editions!
The ECA 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 Australia and overseas, to be inspired and share ideas and experiences in an environment of collegiality and collaboration. I look forward to welcoming participants, particularly as ECA celebrates its 80th year of advocacy and support on behalf of young children.
Ros Cornish, ECA President
Introducing the concept underpinning the 2018 conference
Be the difference for children and families is the theme for the 2018 National Conference, bringing 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.
- Leadership and ethics: Everyone can be a leader—leadership can encompass leading yourself, leading others and leading ideas.
- 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.
- Contemporary practice in teaching and learning: Together we will explore the current and emerging trends in early childhood teaching and learning.
- Risk and resilience: Early childhood is when the foundations for lifelong learning and wellbeing are established.
Application to present
Your opportunity to present at the ECA conference is here!
Applications to present at the conference are now open under the four conference themes: Leadership and ethics, Rights and respect, Contemporary practice in teaching and learning, and Risk and resilience. Presentations can be either a standalone oral presentation or a traditional poster presentation.
To have the opportunity to join esteemed sector colleagues and present your chosen topic, simply submit your abstract online here.
All applications must be received by 7 December 2017.
For additional information about applications to present, click here. For all other ECA conference information please visit www.ecaconference.com.au.
Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities
Sponsorship of the ECA National Conference is a great way to promote your organisation/business to the early childhood sector.
Over the past three conferences, sponsorship and exhibition opportunities have sold out very quickly—to ensure you reserve your position at this important sector event, visit our website here.
Subsidised booth initiative
ECA recognises that some organisations may find it difficult to participate in the conference due to limited resources and/or long travel distances. To provide an opportunity and reduce barriers to participate at the 2018 National Conference, ECA is offering a small number of subsidised exhibition booths, to support organisations that otherwise would not be able to exhibit at the conference.
For more information, please click here.
ECA members receive a conference discount! For more information and to join visit www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/become-a-member or free call 1800 356 900.
The conference provides the opportunity for participants to:
- reflect on their own practice with young children
- be challenged and affirmed
- hear new ideas from Australian and international experts
- discuss their own and others' work and to grow as a professional network
- have fun, meet new people within their field and enjoy themselves.
ECA National Conference Sponsors