About the 2024 ECA National Conference

Become a better educator with real-world advice, best practices and practical takeaways at the 2024 Early Childhood Australia (ECA) National Conference, to be held from 17—20 September in Brisbane.

Join leading experts from Australia and overseas and learn the latest in early childhood. With sessions on everything from learning environments, sustainability and educator wellbeing to leadership and reconciliation, and more, you’ll leave with dozens of ideas to improve your practice and advance your career.

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.

Why attend?

Our conference will open you up to new possibilities; new knowledge and new skills areas. We look forward to welcoming past and new attendees to Australia’s most comprehensive early childhood event.

‘I really want to attend but it’s too expensive’

Attending the 2024 ECA National Conference will inspire ideas that can help boost your practice and the services that you offer to children and your community. The conference is the largest early childhood conference in Australia and it offers a wide range of options for educators, directors and executives that cover every aspect of the sector. The sessions at the ECA conference dive deep into theories and practice, with speakers presenting cutting edge research. The end result is that attendees will take home with them, or take back to their service, the latest ideas for improving their practice.

‘As someone with over 40 years experience in the early childhood profession, and having attended many conferences during this time, I recommend the ECA Conference as a platform for your professional development growth.—2022 ECA National Conference attendee.

‘Do I have to be an ECA member to attend?’

The ECA National Conference is open to anyone associated with the early childhood sector. Every session is packed with useful advice applicable to every early childhood professional—it is not just for ECA members.

‘I’m not sure if I can have that much time away from work’

By dedicating time to experience the ECA National Conference, you will be able to focus and fully immerse yourself in ‘learning mode’, which will allow you to execute what you learn faster and give you new ideas. When you return from the event, you can deliver a presentation on what you’ve have learnt and how it can be applied in your workplace or service.

Who should attend?

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:

  • Students
  • Early and mid-career educators
  • Early childhood educators
  • Room leaders
  • Educational leaders
  • Early childhood teachers
  • Preschool teachers
  • Primary school teachers
  • Directors
  • Administration staff
  • Policymakers
  • Government representatives
  •  Early childhood researchers and academics

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.