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 registration—three weeks to go!

Enhance your professional capability at the ECA National Conference where you will hear from Australian and International experts on the latest developments in practice, policy and research.

Whether you are interested in learning environments, early years pedagogy, educational leadership or curriculum areas such as STEM, literacy or sustainability, there will be plenty to choose from. Engage in meaningful conversations about inclusion, children’s rights, educator wellbeing and digital technology. Immerse yourself in discussions on ethics and future directions in education reform and quality regulation.

Now is your last chance to secure early bird prices to the ECA National Conference 2018! Early bird registration ends 30 June 2018—register now!


Completing the 2018 ECA National Conference will contribute 13 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.

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Attendance at the ECA National Conference ensures that no matter how long you have been in the early childhood sector, your capabilities keep pace with current standards and you maintain and enhance the knowledge and skills you need to deliver the best education and care for young children.

The ECA conference will open you up to new possibilities, new knowledge and new skill areas. We look forward to welcoming past and new attendees to Australia’s most comprehensive early childhood event.

Meet a speaker

Cindy Blackstock is a Canadian-born activist for child welfare, and Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. She is also a professor for the School of Social Work at McGill University and will be an International keynote speaker at the ECA National Conference.

Dr Cindy Blackstock

An author of more than 50 publications, and a widely sought-after public speaker, Cindy  has collaborated with other Indigenous leaders to assist the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in the development and adoption of a General Comment on the rights of Indigenous children.

New Democratic Party Indigenous Affairs critic, Charlie Angus, calls her the greatest civil rights heroine in the country. ‘She is Canada's Martin Luther King at this moment for Indigenous children—a relentless moral voice holding government to account.’

Her work in advocating for kids and their rights to equal access to services ‘has advanced the cause immeasurably’, said Paul Martin, former Prime Minister [of Canada], who counts himself as a ‘huge supporter’.

‘I believe Cindy Blackstock represents so much of what's good about Canada’, he said. ‘The fact that she took on the Harper government on a very simple point and that is that First Nations children are entitled to the same level of care as any other child in the country—I don't think there's a Canadian who'd deny that … And yet it took Cindy years in fighting the government in front of the human rights tribunal to finally make her case.’

Read more about Cindy and her work here.

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Travel subsidies

ECA is committed to supporting the diversity of individuals and organisations working to strengthen the wellbeing of young children.

The ECA National Conference is an important sector development event that provides opportunities for networking, professional development and information sharing. We recognise that some individuals and organisations may find it difficult to participate in the conference due to limited resources and/or long travel distances. ECA would like to encourage organisations to take up a travel subsidy to promote participation and reduce barriers for delegates wishing to attend the 2018 conference, Be the difference for children and families.

Applications for a travel subsidy to attend the ECA National Conference are closing soon. Apply now to receive $1850 towards your ECA National Conference experience.

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Travel Subsidy Sponsors

HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards

Nominations for the HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards close 29 June 2018. Click here to begin a nomination to recognise early childhood educators, outstanding graduates and early childhood services building inclusion in the sector. Award categories are:

Advancing Pedagogy and Practice

This award recognises early childhood professionals who have demonstrated practice improvement and advancement.

Outstanding Graduate

This award recognises a graduate who has applied their knowledge in an exceptional way to deliver high-quality education to young children, birth to eight years of age, making a valued contribution to their profession.

Building inclusion

This award recognises early childhood services that have identified and implemented strategies to significantly improve inclusion for children and families that may otherwise face barriers to accessing early childhood education and care.

Nominate now

Awards dinner

Join us at the Hyatt Regency Sydney on Friday 21 September to recognise the finalists and winners of the HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online during the registration process.

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 HESTA Awards Dinner


You still have the opportunity to sponsor the 2018 ECA National Conference. There is a limited number of packages still available, including the Welcome Reception Sponsor, WiFi Sponsor, Catering Sponsor and more!

Sponsorship of the ECA National Conference is a great way to promote your organisation to the early childhood sector. ECA will ensure that your investment is worthwhile, with many direct and indirect benefits for your business or organisation.

Click here to see what sponsorship packages are still available.

Sponsorship packages


Accommodation has been secured at a range of hotels and apartments in Sydney at competitive and flexible rates. In some cases, rates are up to $100 per night cheaper than what is being sold publicly.

These rates are only available for a limited time, so be sure to book online during the registration process to secure a great deal. Click here to see what’s available.


Contact information

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


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