ECA National Conference Newsletter

Early bird registration—10 days to go!

Don't miss out on your early bird registration! Tickets are selling fast and early bird registration closes on 30 June 2019. Full conference registration starts from $1,130 from Monday 1 July.
ECA members receive a discount on conference registration!
To learn more about ECA membership, or to join, please click here.

Speaker spotlight

We're thrilled to announce Lester-Irabinna Rigney and Rachael Robertson as two of our Australian Keynote Speakers. Hear from Lester on Friday 27 September and Rachael on Saturday 28 September. 
Lester-Irabinna Rigney
Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney
Lester-Irabinna Rigney is Professor of Education in the School of Education at University of South Australia. Lester is also a Distinguished Fellow at Kings College London. He is a member of the Reggio Children Scientific Committee that works in partnership with Loris Malaguzzi Centre Foundation and Reggio Children. One of Australia’s most respected Aboriginal educationalists, Professor Rigney is a descendant of the Narungga, Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri peoples of South Australia. 
Rachael Robertson
Rachael Robertson
Rachael Robertson led the 58th Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition to Davis Station. She was the second woman to lead a team at the station, and one of the youngest leaders in this role. Rachael managed a team of 18 people through the long, dark Antarctic winter and, through trial and error, built a resilient and highly successful team based on the foundation that ‘respect trumps harmony’. Since returning from the station, Rachael has completed her MBA, written a best-selling book, Leading on the edge, and presented at over 1200 events around the world.


We are excited to announce that two exclusive masterclasses will be taking place on Wednesday 25 September. Both masterclasses are now open for registration to all 2019 ECA National Conference delegates. Limited spots are available; book yours quickly! Click here to find out more and to register.
Growing great leadershipMasterclass with Leanne Gibbs

In this year’s leadership masterclass, Leanne Gibbs will provide you with the latest cutting-edge research on leadership, guide you on how organisations can create the right conditions for the development of leadership, and help you identify and cultivate emerging leadership. This masterclass will change your thinking on leading in early childhood education through an exciting encounter with theory, practice and stories of leadership development in settings across Australia.

Date: Wednesday 25 September 2019
Time: 9.00 am–3.00 pm (registration from 8.30 am–9.00 am)
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Rate: $185.00 per person (including GST)

Making Marks: Creating and curating children’s art—Masterclass with Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM

This masterclass will feature a mini-lecture, two workshop activities and group discussion. Participants will learn how to set-up and maintain a child-centred studio, how to collect and exhibit children’s art, and how to work collaboratively with artists, educators and communities. It will stretch participants’ understanding of very young children’s creative and artistic lives.
Date: Wednesday 25 September
Time: 1.00 pm­–4.00 pm (registration from 12.30 pm–1.00 pm)
Venue: Delegates to register at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, before walking across to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Rate: $159.75 per person (including GST)

A collaboration between B4 Early Years Coalition, Early Childhood Australia (ECA), National ECA Conference Organising Committee, Lady Gowrie, Goodstart Early Learning, Northern Children’s Network, All That We Are, Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

2019 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards

The 2019 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards will be presented at a dinner held in conjunction with the ECA National Conference. 
Highlighting the work of a talented individual or team is an excellent way for organisations to recognise employees and build pride among the team. Please share the link below with your team members and encourage them to consider nominating a colleague. Nominations are open until 30 June 2019.

Do you know an early childhood professional or team with a story worth celebrating? The categories include:

Advancing Pedagogy and Practice
This award recognises early childhood educators who have significantly advanced early childhood education and care by demonstrating innovation, and have enhanced outcomes for young children.

Outstanding Graduate
This award recognises graduates who have applied their knowledge in an exceptional way to deliver high-quality education to young children, thus making a valued contribution to their profession.

Building Inclusion
This award recognises early childhood services that have implemented strategies to significantly improve inclusion for children and families that may otherwise face barriers to accessing early childhood education and care.

Winners will share in a $30 000 prize pool, courtesy of proud Awards sponsor ME Bank.

HESTA Awards dinner

Join us at Wrest Point, Sandy Bay, Tasmania on Thursday 26 September 2019 for the dinner being hosted to recognise the finalists and winners of the HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online during the ECA National Conference registration process.

Centre and cultural tours

Centre tours are selling fast, with two already completely sold out! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to visit a range of childcare centres across Hobart—book now.

Centre Tour 1: Sustainability Learning Centre (half day)

Tasmania’s Sustainability Learning Centre is an innovative and visionary purpose-built educational facility that offers early learning programs both on and off site. Gather together and take some time to step off the asphalt—become immersed in culturally appropriate ways to learn on Country, explore risky-play at Tassie’s first nature-focused bush kindergarten and review its documentation and risk-benefit policy.

Centre Tour 4: Road trip to wayraparattee CFC Geeveston and Apple Shed Museum (full day)  

This tour will take you on a road trip to wayraparattee Child and Family Centre in Geeveston. It includes a visit to Willie Smith’s Apple Shed Museum to explore Apple Isle’s history, followed by a lunch at their café before heading back to Hobart.

Cultural Tour 1: From Gumnuts to Buttons & Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) Cultural Exhibition

This tour combines the education resource From Gumnuts to Buttons with a journey through the Aboriginal Exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG). The resource is intended to give students a view of European settlement through the eyes of Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Following it will be a TMAG Aboriginal Learning Program session which will provide insight into the creativity and resilience of Tasmanian Aboriginal people and culture.

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