ECA Far North Coast Regional Conference 2017

ECA Far North Coast Regional Conference 2017 






Tickets are still available so don’t miss out! 

Learn more about our special guests….




Jo Goodwin


Jo Goodwin – An Aboriginal woman from Wonnarua & Kamilaroi tribes in NSW. Supporting the inclusion of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture & exploring the practice of cultural competence are areas that she is very committed to in early childhood education and care services. Jo has many years’ experience working in Inclusion Support Agencies (ISAs) and facilitating professional development in this area.

Developing cultural competence is a clear expectation within the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The EYLF describes cultural competence as being ‘much more than awareness of cultural differences. It is the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures.’ This master class will explore the concept that cultural competence is the map to ethical communication, how well do you read and understand the map?  It is stated that Cultural competence is the ability to interact effectively with people across different cultures. It has four components: * Awareness of one’s own cultural worldview (assumptions, biases) * A positive attitude towards cultural differences * Knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews * Cross-cultural communication skills. We will actively explore these four components and seek to further define culture, recognising that culture is not static. Culture is shaped in time and through time – it shifts, changes and evolves in relation to all sorts of societal, environmental and economic conditions. Consider the concept of ‘the other’ and get comfortable in sitting in a space of discomfort.

Jo Goodwin will be facilitating a not to be missed masterclass, on Friday the 31st of March and will also be the opening keynote at the conference, and presenting in session 3 (3pm) on Saturday.



 Cate McQuillen

Cate McQuillen is a creatively based eco driven, Emmy award winning producer/writer and director. She and her partner, Hewey Eustace, have the audacity to believe that their company, mememe productions, can influence a generation.

Cate McQuillens’ nature based session based on her ground breaking work in the get grubby program, will support teachers to get their kids outside getting grubby in no time. Driven by philosophy that behavioural change occurs when kids connect to the beauty of nature with a profound, yet positive, understanding of the science all around them will inspire the kind of action kids can do every day to help protect the things they love.

Cate’s dynamic 90 minute presentation will be taking place in both session 1 (11am) and session 3 (3.00pm) of Saturdays conference.


Jodi Rogers

Jodi Rodgers is a qualified special education teacher and has a Masters in Health Science-Sexual Health. Jodi has worked within the education and community sectors in both Australia and internationally and has extensive experience working within the disability community including early intervention and also with sexual health services. Jodi delivers sexuality education programs and counselling through Birds and Bees – Sexuality Consultancy.

“Bums, willys and ‘ginas:  Sexuality Development and Early Childhood” will look at what is typical sexuality development in young children; investigate where kids are learning about sexuality and gender (and if we are keeping up) and discuss knowing when and if we need to be concerned.

Jodi’s informative 90 minute sessions will be presenting in both session 1 (11am) and session 3 (3.00pm) at Saturdays conference.

All this and much more at the ECA 2017 Regional Conference Don’t Miss Out!!!!


Options for payment by invoice will be closing in the next 2 weeks. Remember that a 20% discount applies to all ECA members. To receive this discount simply apply ECA in the discount promotion box when paying by credit card, or type invoiced in the promotion discount box and your discount will be applied to your invoice.


Tickets can be purchased through the following link


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