Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2019

From Vision to Action

From vision to action is the theme for Early Childhood Australia’s (ECA) National Conference, to be held in Hobart, Tasmania, from 25–28 September 2019. The 2019 conference will expand on ECA’s strategic priorities to progress its vision of ‘Every young child is thriving and learning’.

This conference will explore current and emerging practice to enhance young children’s experiences across the spectrum of service and education settings they attend. This includes early childhood education and care (ECEC) as well as the early years of school, outside school hours care and child/parent programs such as playgroups and family centres. The conference will engage participants in a discourse on rights, wellbeing and quality improvement to facilitate deep reflective thinking to enhance ongoing professional learning and development.

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Completing the 2019 Early Childhood Australia National Conference From Vision to Action as an attending delegate will contribute 13 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 2.1, 6.2 and 7.4 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

This conference program is accredited by the ACT Teacher Quality Institute and has been accredited for 13 hours addressing standards 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 6.2 and 7.4 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching.

2018 ECA National Conference—Welcome to Country Video


2018 ECA National Conference Video



Speak up for Children

Can you articulate, through research or good practice, how professionals and collaborators give young children and their families a voice?

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Build social capital

It is not enough that early childhood experts understand the importance of the early years. We also need to educate the community and key decision-makers so that Australian society can support young children to thrive.

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Quality early education

Do we have a shared understanding of ‘quality’ in children’s services? How do we measure quality and how do we know that we are improving quality?

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Professional learning

Being a member of a profession is an indicator of integrity, ethics, trust and expertise.

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Inspiring leadership and effective governance

Good governance and strong leadership are essential for long-term success in any organisation, but also for the early childhood sector overall.

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Welcome from Chris Legg, ECA National President

The Early Childhood Australia (ECA) National Conference creates anticipation among those who work with young children, akin to the excitement their young charges experience in the run up to birthday parties. Early childhood educators, teachers, academics, leaders and other allied professionals from across Australia, and even further, come here to be inspired through shared ideas and experiences, in an environment conducive to collegiality and collaboration.

Delegates will be able to critically and constructively review their thoughts and actions, and also celebrate among peers the achievements attained and advancements made in improving the outcomes for children, their families and those who work with them every day.

During the 2019 ECA National Conference, and associated events, delegates will have various opportunities to meet with old and new acquaintances and to forge relationships with others in the sector.

Discount for ECA Members

Discount for ECA members

Early Childhood Australia members receive a discount to the conference. If you are interested in becoming a member, there are a variety of Early Childhood Australia membership categories to choose from.

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Become a sponsor

Become a sponsor

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

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Our Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors—without your support the event would not be possible.



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