With over 960 registrations, take advantage of the early bird rate today and join us at the 2016 Early Childhood Australia Conference.
Join over 1200 early childhood education and care professionals to hear from the leaders within our sector including:
Professor Carla Rinaldi, Adelaide Thinker in Residence 2012–2013 and President of Reggio Children (Italy).
Claire Warden, International educational consultant (United Kingdom).
Maria Aarts, Founder and Director of the Marte Meo International Network (Netherlands).
Dr Chip Donohue, Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and Director of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago (USA).
Malarndirri McCarthy, a Yanyuwa woman from Borroloola in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory who is a Senior Journalist/Presenter for NITV News and host of Week in Review (Australia).
Professor Susan Edwards, Early Childhood Education at the Australian Catholic University, Learning Sciences Institute of Australia (Australia).
Associate Professor Richard Fletcher, Family Action Centre, Faculty of Health and Medicine, the University of Newcastle (Australia).
Plus choose from over 100 concurrent sessions, attend networking and social events and visit over 80 exhibitors on display. This three-day conference will challenge, invigorate and inspire. We look forward to seeing you there.
The 2016 Conference Registration Brochure is available on the conference website. To download the registration brochure please click here.
At ECA, we want every educator to be able to access and receive quality professional development to better support the children in their service and care.
ECA encourages organisations to take up a travel scholarship to promote participation and reduce barriers for delegates wishing to attend the 2016 National Conference—This is childhood ‘Pedagogy and practice in the early years’. Conference subsidies can be used to pay a proportion of travel, accommodation or registration costs at the discretion of the individual or their employer.
The Hundred Languages of Children exhibition—‘A narrative of the possible’
Co-located with the conference, the exhibition will be on display at the Darwin Convention Centre from 5–8 October 2016.
This exhibition shares the experiences, thinking and learning of children and educators from the schools for young children in the City of Reggio Emilia, Northern Italy.
The exhibition declares the right to live in a learning environment that is able to renew itself each day, sustaining and accompanying the research and learning of all those who live and learn within its spaces.
The exhibition showcases one of the most influential and highly-regarded learning and teaching experiences in the world today, and tells the story of an educational adventure—a life adventure over many years interweaving experience, thoughts, discussions and research.
Australasian Journal of Early Childhood(AJEC) Research Symposium, 5 October 2016
This symposium has been developed to provoke thinking and discussion amongst researchers, policy makers and practitioners. It is titled, ‘Whose knowledge is it anyway? Pushing the evidence base in early childhood research’.
The day in a nutshell
Opening and welcome by Professor Ann Farrell (Head, School of Early Childhood, Queensland University of Technology and new ACECQA Board member), followed by a panel presentation.
Associate Professor Sheila Degotardi is a teacher and researcher at the Institute of Early Childhood at Macquarie University. Sheila’s work reflects a strong commitment to the significance of children’s first years of life and the roles of those who educate and care for infants and toddlers.
Dr Robyn Ober is a Mamu/Djirribal woman from Innisfail who has had a 30-year association with Batchelor Institute. Robyn is currently a Doctoral Fellow within the Indigenous Research Collaborations program at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.
Ms Jane Garrutju and Adjunct Professor Lyn Fasoli. Jane is an Elder of the Golpa clan and the Chairperson of Marthakal Homelands Resource Centre on Elcho Island in North East Arnhemland in the community of Galiwin’ku. She has worked on various research projects related to early childhood and has extensive experience as an educator. Lyn has worked in the field of early childhood for over 30 years, most of them in the Northern Territory and has extensive experience as an educator, consultant and researcher in Indigenous early childhood research.
Networking opportunities over morning tea and research interest group discussions over lunch.
Roundtables of research with time for discussion, including the themes:
Infants and toddlers
Information and Communications Technology and teachers
Children and research
Early childhood pedagogy and practice
Lived experience and engagement
Interrogating ‘big data’
Whose knowledge? Whose view?
Where to from here—interrogating the early childhood research agenda with a wrap up of the day taken by Professor Susan Danby from Queensland University of Technology.
On the first day of the conference the closing sessions include two panel discussions:
Panel on storytelling
The panel will engage in a rich discussion on children’s access to, their active participation in, and wide range of benefits in storytelling. Further, the value of storytelling in professional learning, collective identities or communities of practice will also be explored.
The tradition of storytelling is as old as humans and is a wonderfully diverse expression of histories, cultures and languages over time and space. Oral histories, myths, legends, folk and fairy tales, yarning and now digital stories have a lasting impact on the way we shape our knowledge of the world, relate to other people and on the richness of our language development. In early childhood settings we recognise the value of immersing children in language experiences and everyday each of us engage in sharing narratives big and small, some powerful and some playful.
Panel on fathering
The panel will engage in a robust discussion on the role of fathers and the contribution of fathering to children’s happy and healthy development. This important and topical discussion will explore the influential roles of early childhood education, care and development professionals for inclusion and empowerment of families and caregivers.
Changing family structures and the demands of modern lifestyles places enormous demands on fathers. There are a number of tensions in how families, services and community offer better support to fathers throughout critical times in childhood, particularly in terms of an early childhood workforce with such gender imbalance. There are a number of critical contributions to social, cognitive, physical and emotional development made through fathering which have over time been assumed or not well understood.
Sponsorship and exhibition
We still have some great sponsorship packages available.
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Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has been a voice for young children since 1938. We are the peak early childhood advocacy organisation, acting in the interests of young children, their families and those in the early childhood field. ECA advocates to ensure quality, social justice and equity in all issues relating to the education and care of children aged birth to eight years.