ECA Far North Coast – “Who says what goes: Decision making in Early Childhood Services”


ECA Far North Coast Branch presents:

“Who says what goes: Decision making in Early Childhood Services”.

With so many stakeholders wanting input into Early Childhood services, who do we listen to? This discussion evening will provide opportunities for Educators and parents from all walks of life the opportunity to share their stories, ask questions and gain some helpful strategies around listening and talking with relevant stakeholders.


When: Tuesday the 8th of November.

Where: Alstonville Community Preschool.

Time: Please arrive at 6pm for a 6:15pm start.

RSVP: Please RSVP by Thursday the 3rd of November to

Attire: Paint and stained clothes are encouraged, but not required.

A light snack and refreshments will be provided.

Conversations Evening – Code of ethics – Maitland Gaol – Thursday 10th Nov, 2016

 Conversations Evening

Reflections on the Code of Ethics

 This end of year ECA NSW gathering will focus on the newly released version of the ECA’s Code of Ethics with guest speakers Carol Burgess (NSW President of NSW ECA & ECA – COE Review Writing Team member) and Dr Linda Newman


 6.00 – 6.30pm               General Meeting

6.30 – 8.30pm                Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers Bio:

Carol Burgess – Carol is the Course Director for the Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five), the Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to Five) and the Associate Degree Early Childhood (Birth to Five). Carol’s papers and presentations have included areas on practice-based learning, fieldwork education, educational interactions and curricula, team-based leadership and exploring relationships between quality leadership activities and outcomes for professional development for early childhood teachers. Carol was part of the writing team for the ECA Code of Ethics.


Dr Linda NewmanLinda’s doctoral studies into professional ethics led to the development of the widely used Ethical Response Cycle [available in Newman & Pollnitz (2005). Working with Children and Families: Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues].

When: Thursday 10th November 2016

 Where: Maitland Gaol – Auditorium 6 – 18 John Street, East Maitland

Light meal & drinks provided

This event is sponsored by ECA NSW . There is no cost for participants.

 For more information and RSVP (essential), please contact:

NEW ‘Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Resource Package for Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Tertiary Providers of Early Childhood Qualifications’

The NSW Office of Preventive Health is pleased to launch the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Resource Package for VET and Tertiary Providers of Early Childhood Qualifications.
The resource package has been specifically designed to support Vocational Education and Training (VET) and tertiary providers for use with adult learners studying early childhood education qualifications and highlights the importance of healthy eating and physical activity for young children.

The resource package consists of three sections:
• ‘Section 1 – Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Topics’ which is centred around the ‘Healthy Eating and Physical Guidelines for Early Childhood Settings (0-5yrs)’ as noted in Get Up & Grow: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood and aligned to the National Quality Standard and the Early Years Learning Framework.
• ‘Section 2 – Curriculum Map’ is mapped for the Australian Government Community Services Training Packages which includes CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and any other relevant tertiary units for NSW universities.
• ‘Section 3 – Resource Guide for Adult Learners’ includes an overview of the topic, links to key resources and relevant websites for accessing program ideas for children.

If you are a training provider and interested in receiving an electronic copy of the resource package and participating in some evaluation of the resource package, then please email Amanda Lockeridge, State Program Manager – Munch & Move (

Premier’s Early Childhood Education Scholarship

As a result of the support of KU Children’s Services, Early Childhood Australia – New South Wales Branch, Gowrie NSW and Uniting, the Premier’s Early Childhood Education Scholarship was offered again in 2016. The award is for a study in early childhood education. All teachers currently teaching in a long day care service, pre-school, primary school or TAFE NSW Institute were eligible to apply.
One scholarship of $10,000 was awarded to Laure Hislop. Laure is the Director at KU Killara Park Preschool.
Laure and the team at KU Killara Park have an interest in exploring how technology can be used to enhance learning within early childhood education, and this scholarship will enable Laure to travel to the USA next year to attend and co-present at two conferences.


Laure Hislop and Minister Adrian Piccoli

Scholarship recipients visit some of the world’s best institutions and centres of learning to consult with experts and observe exemplary practices related to a specific aspect of their curriculum. It is anticipated that successful applicants would spend up to five weeks involved in a study program. Time need not be spent in formal study, but may involve a program of visits to sites, schools and institutions to conduct interviews, observe exemplary practices and collect resources for the preparation of teaching materials related to early childhood education.

The 2016 Premier’s Teacher Scholarship Reception was held on Tuesday 23 August in the Gallery Room, NSW State Library. The awards were presented by The Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP Minister for Education and The Hon. Leslie Williams MP Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education.

Premier's award

Rose Todd (Gowrie), Gabby Holden (Uniting) Minister Piccoli, Laure Hislop, Minister Williams, Carol Burgess (ECA) and Chris Legg (KU Services) 

Riverina ECA High Achiever

Kylie Wilesmith from Puggles Children’s Services Van was announced the winner of ECA Riverina Region High Achiever Award.

Kylie Wilesmith from Tumbarumba   won the prestigious  award. This was presented in front of her Colleagues at the International Hotel in Wagga on Monday night.

Kylie is the very popular Director of Puggles Children’s Services Van. Puggles has in the past or does service Adelong, Cabramurra, Hulmula, Rosewood, Tarcutta, Tooma, Brungal and any other small communities in need within the Snowy Valley and Wagga Shires.

Kylie has been coordinating Puggles Children’s Services Van, since 1999. During this time she has worked hard to make it a quality mobile service that is respected and esteemed in our region.  Kylie is the ultimate professional; always striving for the best for the service, families and children. .

Kylie was nominated for being excellent in responding to the needs of communities for education and care. As one venue closes, she has in mind and has already set the wheels in motion for the opening of another venue, ensuring that communities needs are met. During her time away from Puggles she is studying her Early Childhood Degree.

Kylie was warmly congratulated. All agree the award was very much deserved especially for someone who has packed and unpacked a mobile children’s services van for 17 years.

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Kylie Wilesmith with Riverina ECA representative Julia Ham


Riverina ECA Annual Dinner Monday 29th August, 2016

Riverina ECA is delighted to hold the annual dinner

on Monday 29th August, 2016 at 6pm

at  the International Hotel,

Lake Albert Rd, Wagga Wagga 

The Riverina ECA High Achiever Award for 2016 will be announced

Catharine Hydon is guest speaker

Topic: The NEW ECA Code of Ethics. Catharine was part of the writing team. 

Cost: $50 for a two course meal.

Catharine Hydon

Bookings for the dinner and/or Catharine’s PD Leadership In your Service and Designing required documentation to be compliant and theoretically based.

Can be done at:

RSVP: Thursday 25th August, 2016