Early Childhood Australia-A voice for young children
Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2018-Be the Difference for children and families. 19-22 September 2018 International Convention Centre Sydney

Early bird registrations available

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Early bird registrations are available for the ECA National Conference, to be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Sydney, from 19–22 September 2018. Register now to secure the discounted rate before they sell out!

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Early bird rates*

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Concession registration**

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*Early bird registrations must be received by COB (AEST) 30 June 2018, or the full rate will apply.
**Concession registration is available to full-time students, pensioners and health care cardholders.


Applications are now open for the highly regarded ECA Awards, including the Barbara Creaser Memorial Lecture, Barbara Creaser Young Advocate Award and the ECA Doctoral Thesis Award.

Nominations are closing soon, click here to apply. The award recipients will be announced during the 2018 ECA National Conference.

Centre tours are now on sale

A range of centre tours have been planned for delegates to make the most out of their conference experience. Tours can be booked online during the registration process—there are only a limited number of places available, so book now!

Centre Tour 1: Explore and discover children’s spaces

Join us on a day trip to Wollongong on the South Coast of New South Wales to visit a community-based, occasional care centre, community preschool and Australia’s only dedicated ‘children’s museum’: the Early Start Discovery Space.

Centre Tour 2: Early learning centres with ‘Exceeding NQS’ rating—Inner Western Sydney

This tour visits three inner-city early learning centres all rated as ‘Exceeding’ under the National Quality Framework. Each centre is unique in its pedagogy and reflects their local community.

Centre Tour 3: HESTA Award Winner—The Infants’ Home Ashfield

Visit The Infants’ Home, an award-winning provider of integrated early childhood education and care, early intervention and clinical health support services. The Infants’ Home is a unique chance to experience five different early education centres located in one large inner-city location.

Centre Tour 4: Reggio Emilia inspired centres

Join this walking tour that takes delegates to two Reggio Emilia inspired centres in Sydney, influenced by various educational theorists and models.

Centre Tour 5: Early childhood city environments

Distinctive designs are highlighted throughout this walking tour of four unique inner-city Sydney childcare environments, with each making the most of the challenges and showcasing the benefits of their individual buildings.

Centre tour 6: Family day care centres

Join a full-day excursion to visit a family day care service and a range of educator homes within the Sydney basin area and the Blue Mountains.

Centre tours can be booked online during the registration process; there are limited spaces available—book now! For more information, including cost and time, click here.

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Cultural tours

Cultural tours have also been organised to ensure delegates make the most out of their time in Sydney. Bookings can be made online during the registration process; click here to book now!

Cultural Tour 1: The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal heritage walking tour (Illi Langi)

Be touched by the most ancient human culture on earth in a 90-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks, Sydney, and journey into Dreamtime, the culture of Aboriginal People.

Cultural Tour 2: Social Indigenous history of Sydney at the Australian Museum

Join an educator-led tour to hear the stories behind the exhibitions in the First Australians galleries at the Australian Museum, Sydney. Through themes of connectivity, continuity, resilience and sustainability, this multisensory exhibition explores many Aboriginal cultural perspectives.

Cultural tours can be booked online during the registration process; more information is available online—click here.

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Sponsorship and exhibition

Sponsorship packages are selling fast; there are still options available for a range of budget sizes and needs, so book now!

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Exhibition booths have almost sold out; don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the 2018 ECA National Conference!

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Contact information

E: conference@earlychildhood.org.au
T: 1800 356 900 (free call in Australia)
T: +61 2 6242 1800


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