As you’re well aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to limits being imposed on public gatherings and large-scale events are just not possible at this time. The health and safety of our members, delegates, partners and employees is our highest priority. ECA has made the decision to postpone the 2020 conference to next year. Although this is a big disappointment for us, we are excited about the prospect of making the 2021 conference the first big occasion for early childhood professionals to meet and celebrate our sector.

Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2021

Young Citizens: the right to play, learn and be heard

Young Citizens: the right to play, learn and be heard is the theme for Early Childhood Australia’s (ECA) National Conference, to be held in Brisbane, Queensland, from 21—24 April 2021.

In 2021 we celebrate young children as citizens with rights. Throughout this conference we will explore how we respect and support those rights – particularly through play, play based pedagogy and child-informed practice. This builds on the QLD Branches leadership in the development of the 2014 Statement of Intent on Children’s Rights in Early Education and Care and over 60 years of celebrating ‘Under Eights Week’.

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