Kumarninthi—Becoming one: Old ways, new wisdom is the theme for the 35th ECA National Conference, to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia, from Wednesday 4 October to Saturday 7 October 2023.
The theme title reinforces that although we still hold on to and value old ways, theoretical perspectives and knowledge, there is and can be a contemporary approach to implementing this into new wisdom and becoming one.
Kumarninthi means ‘becoming one’ and comes from the South Australian Kaurna people. By using the Kaurna language in our conference theme we pay our respect to the Kaurna heritage and people of Adelaide and the Adelaide Plains.
The ECA National Conference provides a platform for professional discourse relevant to the rights, wellbeing and early education of young children (birth to eight years). It is attended by early childhood educators, teachers, service leaders and executives, as well as policy-makers, program administrators, academics, researchers and those involved in pre-qualification training and ongoing professional development.
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The Early Childhood Australia (ECA) National Conference is so many things—a platform for sharing ideas and theories, a showcase of exemplary practice, and an opportunity to connect and celebrate. It is highly anticipated and it never fails to excite and inspire.
This year, the 35th ECA National Conference is called Kumarninthi—Becoming one: Old ways, new wisdom. Kumarninthi, from the Kaurna language group, reminds us, no matter where we are on our individual learning journeys, that good things can happen when we are all professionally travelling in the same direction. Whether working with children, making policy, or providing services, we need to engage with reliable information and make time to connect and converse.
During the 2023 ECA National Conference and associated events, you will have many opportunities to meet with old and new acquaintances and to forge relationships with others from the sector and beyond. I look forward to warmly welcoming delegates to the 35th ECA National Conference, Kumarninthi—Becoming one: Old ways, new wisdom in Adelaide this October!
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.Learn More
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