Far North Coast End of Year Dinner

Far North Coast final meeting for the year is on Tuesday the 13th December at the Brunswick Heads Pub. The meeting will start at 6pm.  Everyone is welcome to stay for an end of year catch up dinner at 7pm.
If you would like to attend the dinner, please RSVP to hutchinsonmj_13@hotmail.com by Friday the 9th of December. People are more than welcome to only come to the meeting and then leave or only come to the dinner. It is up to you!

If you have any further questions about the dinner, please feel free to email Mitch at hutchinsonmj_13@hotmail.com

Illawarra South Coast Conversations.

On Wednesday 16th November, 50 ECA members and friends from the Illawarra and South Coast region, participated in active presentations lead by Merise Bickley  (Head, Early Childhood / Teaching Standards, Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW)  and Carolin Wenzel (Media & Campaign Manager for Early Childhood Australia).

 The success of the evening is an indication that enthusiasm and advocacy is alive and well on the South Coast.

Illawarra South Coast meeting. Wednesday 16th November, 2016.

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Illawarra South Coast is holding a meeting on Wednesday 16th November at Shellharbour Workers Club, 6pm – 8.30pm.  Carolin Wenzil from ECA will explore how we can communicate the value of early learning in new ways that engage families and other stakeholders. Plus,  Merise Bickley from BOSTES will be discussing the next steps for NSW registered ECTs.

To book in please click on the link below or in the attached invite.


Please share amongst your teams and networks. The Illawarra South Coast group look forward to seeing you there.

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 hutchinsonmj_13@hotmail.com.

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 (Amanda.Lockeridge@sswahs.nsw.gov.au).

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)