ECA National Conference Newsletter

International Keynote Speakers announced!

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is thrilled to announce Gunilla Dalhberg and Peter Moss as two of the International Keynote Speakers that will be presenting at the 2019 ECA National Conference (25–28 September, Hobart).

Gunilla Dahlberg and Peter Moss have each driven pedagogy and quality in early childhood education and care for over two decades. Read their biographies below. 
Gunilla DahlbergGunilla Dahlberg is Professor Emerita of education at Stockholm University, Department of Child and Youth Studies. Since 1971, she has been carrying out research in the area of education and social welfare policy for young children and their families. Currently she is engaged in three different research-projects: 'Children’s dialogue with nature', 'Trans-culturalism and communication', and 'The magic of language'. 
In 1993, Gunilla was the scientific leader of an experimental and network-oriented project, ‘Pedagogy in a changing world’, in which new philosophical, theoretical and aesthetical perspectives were brought into the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). The project is, till today, considered a huge inspiration for ECEC in the Nordic countries, as well as internationally.
Gunilla has served on several curriculum committees during the years. She was one of the experts who wrote the first national curriculum for the Swedish preschool system (children of age 1–6). She has also co-authored several books on ECEC along with Professors Peter Moss and Alan Pence.
Over the past thirty years, Gunilla has carried out research in close cooperation with preschools in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy, and she is a member of the scientific board of Fondazione Reggio Children, Centro Loris Malaguzzi.
Peter MossPeter Moss is Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Provision at UCL Institute of Education, University College London. He has researched and written on many subjects, including early childhood education and care; the relationship between employment, care and gender; and democracy in education. Much of his work has been cross-national, and he has led a European network on child care and an international network on parental leave. He was founding co-editor, with Gunilla Dahlberg, of the book series, Contesting early childhood, whose aim is to question ‘the current dominant discourses surrounding early childhood’ and to provide a platform for alternative narratives. His books include Beyond quality in early childhood education and care (with Gunilla Dahlberg and Alan Pence); Ethics and politics in early childhood education (with Gunilla Dahlberg); Radical education and the common school (with Michael Fielding); and Transformative change and real utopias in early childhood education. He recently co-edited—with colleagues from Reggio Emilia, Loris Malaguzzi and the Schools of Reggio Emilia—a selection of writings and speeches by the great Italian educator.
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Conference Scholarships

The ECA National Conference is an important sector-development event that provides opportunities for networking, professional development and information-sharing. We recognise that some individuals and organisations may find it difficult to participate in the conference due to limited resources and/or long travel distances.

ECA is committed to supporting the diversity of individuals and organisations working to strengthen the wellbeing of young children. Thanks to our sponsors, a limited number of Conference Scholarships are being offered to educators based in rural and remote areas, to ensure the widest possible representation at the conference. Funds will cover the cost of a full conference ticket plus up to $1850 towards travel.


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Conference Scholarship Sponsor

At ECA, we want all educators to be able to access and receive quality professional learning to better support the children in their care. ECA would like to encourage organisations to take up a Conference Scholarship Sponsorship to help promote participation and reduce barriers for delegates wishing to attend the 2019 National Conference.

Charging Station Sponsor

Consider sponsoring a charging station. As a sponsor of a charging station, your company will be promoted to the full conference delegation during all meal breaks in the exhibition hall. The charging station will be branded with your company logo and message.

Exhibition booths are still available!

View a list of current exhibitors. If you wish to enquire about a booth, please contact the conference office on: 02 6242 1800, or email

Subsidised booth initiative

ECA is offering a small number of subsidised exhibition booths to support organisations that otherwise would not be able to exhibit at the conference. The subsidised booth initiative will provide an opportunity to smaller not-for-profit organisations and community groups to participate in the 2019 ECA National Conference.

For more information, or to apply, please click here.

Sponsorship and exhibition packages

ECA Awards closing 30 April 2019! 

Platinum Sponsor

MTA is excited to be the Platinum Sponsor of the 2019 Early Childhood Australia National Conference. 

With over 60 years of experience in the early childhood sector, we are committed to going the extra mile to support you in achieving the best outcomes for every child. Our extensive range of educational products has been sourced from around the world so you have access to the best quality products. And our ongoing commitment to improving ethical sourcing and environmental sustainability means you can be confident in choosing resources that align with your environmental ideals.  

We stock over 10 000 resources in robotics, digital technologies, art & craft, mathematics, literacy, STEAM, STEM, as well as developmental products, school consumables, classroom stationery, science equipment, sporting gear, school furniture, books, play and educational toys. All of our resources come with a 12-month warranty and are quality-assured.

We’ll be showcasing our range of new and best-selling resources at this year’s Early Childhood Australia National Conference. Our specialist team will be on-hand to discuss and understand your requirements, and provide expert advice and inspiration for your centre.

Visit, or contact our specialist team by email: or by phone: 1800 251 497.

Official airline partner

Qantas is delighted to be the exclusive airline partner for the 2019 ECA National Conference being held in Hobart, Tasmania. Qantas is offering registered delegates and travel partners special discounted airfares. Easily book your tickets online via the dedicated booking portal on your conference registration travel page. When booking, please use the allocated code to access these airfares.
Please note: Multiple stopover flights are excluded from this offer.

Qantas is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline, and is widely regarded as the world’s leading long-distance airline. With a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, and world-class customer service, Qantas offers a truly global network proposition for delegates travelling to Hobart for the ECA National Conference in 2019.

Book your flights via the dedicated Conference travel page using discount code: ECANC19

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