As we gather in Canberra, the seat of government, it is timely to reflect on how far we, as early childhood professionals, have come—from the visionary and passionate women of the 1920s to the competent and qualified educators of the 2020s—and where we hope to go next. Now is the time to design and plan our future. Let’s consider how we can move beyond just being viewed as ‘essential workers’ and position ourselves as thought leaders and powerbrokers.
In keeping with the broader theme of reflecting on the past to design the future of the profession, the insights and knowledge shared by keynote speakers from past ECA conferences will serve as inspiration for the 2022 presentations.
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Julia Gillard was the 27th prime minister of Australia.
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Australian of the Year 2022, Dylan Alcott AO, is one of the country’s most successful and well recognised Paralympians. In 2021 he became the only male in any form of tennis to win the ‘Golden Slam’.Continue reading
Dean Parkin is from the Quandamooka peoples of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) in Queensland. Dean was closely involved in the process that resulted in the historic Uluru Statement from the Heart.Continue reading
Whether you’ve been to an ECA Conference before, or never attended, there’s always something new to learn and someone new to meet.
The conference is for anyone studying or working in early childhood education and care, including:
The conference program always offers a variety of streams and sessions to suit attendees at different points in their careers. Ongoing professional development, such as attending the ECA National Conference, can keep staff up to date with advances in the sector, enhance skills and practice and improve the quality of the programs they provide for children and their families.
Services that send a cross-section of staff benefit from all that the conference has to offer.
The Early Childhood Australia (ECA) National Conference is one of the most eagerly anticipated events among those who work with young children. Early childhood educators, teachers, academics, leaders and allied professionals from across Australia, and from even farther afield, come here to be inspired through shared ideas and experiences in an environment conducive to collegiality and collaboration.
Delegates are able to critically and constructively review their thoughts and actions, and also celebrate among peers the achievements attained and advancements made in improving outcomes for children, their families and those who work with them every day.
During the 2022 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. I look forward to warmly welcoming delegates to Canberra and to connecting with everyone in person.
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