Early Childhood Australia NSW is a volunteer run organisation promoting the voice for young children and supporting professionals working in the field of Early Childhood Education.
Members of the Executive come from different organisation representing community based, private centres, Family day care, OOSCH services, Training organisations, consultants and universities.
ECA NSW sit on many committees to be an active voice for members.
The next conversation evening will have two speakers. Both from ECA National.
Shae Haylen will speak on Professional Learning opportunities. What is on offer.
Deb Yates will give a quick overview of Be You. Current areas of focus for services engaging with Be You – Educator Wellbeing including service policy development, re-engaging with families and children, conversations re seeking support for children and families and staff. Support for critical incident planning and recovery
Register to listen on the night or be sent the recording afterwords.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Shae’s oversees all of ECA’s professional learning work in her role as General Manager, including online learning, publications and capacity building projects. She brings early childhood teaching expertise, early childhood management and leadership expertise as well as end-to-end research project management. She also has experience in stakeholder consultation as well as the translation of research to practice.
Debbie Yates is a National Manager for Be You at Early Childhood Australia. Her previous experience includes teaching across both early learning and primary school settings and leadership roles at a range of community organisations with a focus on supporting families and children. Debbie holds post graduate qualifications in management (non-profit sector).Be You is a national initiative that equips educators to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people from birth to 18 years.We help you involve everyone at your early learning service or school in supporting mental health, so you achieve the best possible outcomes. We provide free online interactive sessions and events, accredited professional learning, fact sheets, planning and implementation tools and other resources.Be You is led by Beyond Blue in partnership with Early Childhood Australia and headspace.
Too Peas in a Podcast is a Podcast by Mandy Hose and Kate Jones.
Listen to Mandy and Kate laugh (a lot) and cry as they chat to each other and friends about parenting multiples with disabilities and additional needs.They run a popular podcast. Details can be found here. https://toopeasinapodcast.com.au/
This is a conversations evening you will want all your educators to listen. Mandy and Kate will speak for one hour. They will discuss life with young children with additional needs. They always present with insight and humour. See you there. April 7th, at 7pm.
A great way to start the year is with motivation from Anita Heiss, an Aboriginal Australian author, poet, cultural activist and social commentator. She is an advocate for Indigenous Australian literature and literacy, through her writing for adults and children and her membership of boards and committees. To learn more about Anita visit her blog: https://anitaheiss.wordpress.com/
The Inaugural Network Meeting for Sydney Metro ECA members is being held on: Tuesday 2nd November at 6.30pm. Members are invited to join us on zoom to form our group, establish committee roles and hear guest speaker, ECA member Dr Leanne Gibbs.
This Thursday we are delighted to have Sara Stockman as our guest speaker at our Conversation Evening. 7 pm 7th October, 2021.
Sara, an Early Childhood Teacher and Consultant, has great pleasure in having a conversation with us regarding the positives in the pandemic – including the fact that positive has a not so positive connotation 🙂 Drawing upon the Pyramid Model material that has been specifically designed to support early learning services, schools and families throughout the various restrictions related to the pandemic; and especially as we look to reopening services and welcoming families physically back in.
Also…how are YOU doing? The conversation will be underpinned by self-care for educators.
ECA NSW is offering ten scholarships to the ECA National Virtual Conference
The scholarships have been advertised in the newsletter . Applications close 19th August.
This is your last chance to apply. The application form is below and attached. Please make the most of this opportunity. The list of speakers is outstanding.
In 2021, the ECA national Conference is to be held virtually , from the 6th to 9th September. To support members of the NSW branch ten virtual scholarships are available. The scholarships are open to educators currently teaching in a long day care service, preschool, or other early childhood settings. The applicants must be working with children or involved with the early childhood education.
The scholarship will cover full registration of the virtual conference
Application are due on Thursday 19th August at 9am. No late application will be considered.
There are 10 scholarships available. Diversity will be considered.
Date of Birth:
Place of work:
Best number for contact:
Summarise how your attendance at the ECA National Conference would meet the objectives and philosophy of your service.
How would your attendance contribute to the day to day interactions and planning with your students?
How would the virtual conference impact on learning and teaching beyond your service?
Outcomes and benefits (300 word limit) This should include statements of what you hope your attendance will achieve personally and professionally.
This application must include a current photo of the applicant. By applying for the scholarship, you give permission for your photo to be used in promotional materials related solely to the scholarship and the National Conference.
ECA NSW is delighted to have a conversation with Early Childhood Practitioner Kylie Ashley, Manager, Multicultural Children’s Services, Marrickville, on how best to work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities and consider the maintenance of language and culture in Early Childhood.
Thursday 12th August, 7pm.
The conversations evening will start at 7pm and goes for one hour.
Throughout Australia last week Services,Families and Children advocated to Politicians and the general public. Early Learning Matters. Our regional groups were fabulous advocating the importance of learning in the Early Years.
In an act of advocacy for the early childhood sector, ECA NSW wrote to the following NSW Ministers formally requesting priority for COVID-19 vaccinations for all essential ECEC workers:
The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian Premier of NSW, The Hon. Sarah Mitchell Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning and The Hon. Brad Hazzard Minister for Health and Medical Research. This letter has also been shared with the Independent Education Union, United Voice and the Hon. Greg Hunt, Minister for Health and Health and Aged Care.Please read a copy of the letter attached here: