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: http://riverina-eca-pd-dinner.eventbrite.com.au?s=67923748

RSVP: Thursday 25th August, 2016


Conversations with ECA NSW – Advocacy in Action

Please join us for

Conversations with ECA NSW

Advocacy in Action.

Guest speakers:

Tonia Godhard AM – Past ECA National President


Margaret Young – Past ECA National President

Margaret Young

Sam Page ECA CEO –Everyone Benefits Campaign

 Sam Page

Date:  Thursday 4th August, 2016

Venue: Sutherland College of TAFE

            Pitt St Loftus, 2232

            Block D


Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Light supper provided.

This is a free event. 

RSVP: Tuesday 2nd August, 2016


Teacher Accreditation deadline approaches.

BOSTES reminder


From 18 July 2016 all early childhood teachers must be accredited to teach in an approved NSW early childhood education and care service.

Information on the accreditation process is available on our website http://www.nswteachers.nsw.edu.au/current-teachers/early-childhood-teachers/

Once you have created a teacher accreditation account BOSTES will review and process your documentation and email you confirmation of your eligibility for accreditation.

Your accreditation at Proficient Teacher will be confirmed by BOSTES after 18 July.

There is no accreditation fee for early childhood teachers in 2016. BOSTES will send an invoice for the 2017 fee to your postal address in late 2016.

The best source of information is the Accreditation for NSW Early Childhood Teachers button on the Teacher Accreditation website. There is also an updated Answering Your Questions page with responses to many of the questions early childhood teachers have been asking.

Judith  Page 6th Aug, 2015

ACER early bird conference details

I’m Jessie Fitzgerald, the Marketing Services Officer at the Australian Council for Educational Research. I am writing to let you and your associates in Early Childhood Australia know that Early Bird registrations are still open for Research Conference 2016. I hope you will consider joining us to be part of this vital discussion.

Research Conference 2016
Research Conference 2016: Improving STEM Learning: What will it take?
7–9 August
Brisbane Convention Centre

Australia faces significant challenges in promoting improved science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in our schools. Research Conference 2016: Improving STEM Learning: What will it take? will showcase research into how to address these challenges, which include:

  • the decline in Australian students’ mathematical and scientific ‘literacy’
  • the decline in STEM study in senior school
  • a shortage of highly qualified STEM subject teachers, and
  • curriculum challenges.

At the conference will hear from researchers who work with teachers to engage students in studying STEM-related subjects, such as engineering in primary school, and science and maths at all levels. You will learn how to engage all students in STEM learning, through targeted teaching, activities like gaming, and applying learning from neuroscience.

As your organisation is a valued stakeholder and supporter of STEM education in Australia, we would also like to offer you the opportunity to exhibit your work and projects at Research Conference 2016 at a special discounted rate. Five of our single exhibition spaces, which are listed in our sponsorship prospectus for $3500, have been earmarked to support professional educational bodies, and are being offered to professional teaching and subject associations at the reduced rate of $750.00. If this is of interest to you, please contact ACER Marketing Services Coordinator Liam Hensel (liam.hensel@acer.edu.au) on 03 9277 5468.

I hope you will be able to join us at the conference and would appreciate it if you could pass this message along to any colleagues who may be interested. If you would like to promote this event throughout your own networks, please visit http://acer.ac/rcmedia to download a .zip file of promotional material for the event.

New Executive Committee

A very successful AGM for ECA NSW was held last Thursday. 

Guest speaker  was Tracey Mackey, Executive Director, Early Childhood Education.

Tracey Mackey Director EC Directorate

Tracey Mackey

There was total agreement for Tonia Godhard and Margaret Young to be made life members.


A new executive committee was voted in. Trish Brown from Uniting stood down as did ECA NSW long serving treasurer Leo Prendergast. Leo has been part of the ECA NSW committee for over twenty years. His wisdom,wit and knowledge on children’s services will be greatly missed. Both Leo and Trish were  sincerely thanked for their work and time they have put into ECA on a voluntary basis.

Leo Treasurer

Leo Prendergast – long serving Treasurer ECA NSW being thanked for his work. 

 ECA NSW Executive Committee 

Carol Burgess President
Natalie Grenfell Vice President
Ruth Newman Secretary
Nan Greig Treasurer
Ian Alchin Executive
Gabby Holden Executive
Jan Langtry Executive
Susanne Stuart- Watt Executive
Chris Legg Executive
Noeleen Alchin Executive
Merise Bickley Executive
Rose Todd Executive
Mel Carmont Executive

2016 Premier’s Early Childhood Education Scholarship

What a fabulous opportunity for an Early childhood Teacher in NSW. Be sure to apply. An outstanding opportunity.

Applications close on Friday 6th of May 2016 for all 2016 NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships including the 2016 Premier’s Early Childhood Education Scholarship.

As a result of the generous support of KU Children’s Services, Early Childhood Australia (NSW Branch) and the NSW Government, applications are invited for the Premier’s Early Childhood Education Scholarship.

All teachers currently teaching in a long day care service, pre-school, primary school or a TAFE NSW Institute are eligible to apply.

The award is for a study in early childhood education. It is anticipated that successful applicants would spend up to five weeks involved in a study program. Teachers from NSW government schools/pre-schools and TAFE NSW Institutes will be entitled to leave and the school/institute will be entitled to relief. Teachers from non-government NSW schools, independent early childhood institutions will need to negotiate relief with their employing authority. The recipient’s itinerary must be organised to complete their travel by 30 June 2017.

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.

One scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded in 2016.

Information attached. Premier_Scholarships_2016_FlyerEarly Childhood Education Scholarship