About Early Childhood Australia NSW

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.

ECA NSW Conversations Evening. Guest speaker, Gabrielle Sinclair, CEO, ACECQA. Thursday 2nd November. Randwick TAFE.

Looking forward to seeing Sydney members and friends at the ECA NSW Conversations Evening.

Guest speaker is Gabrielle Sinclair, CEO, ACECQA.

Gabrielle Sinclair


Gabrielle will speak on ACECQA today. This will be followed by Chris Legg, ECA National NSW Board Member  . Chris will discuss the ECA strategic plan and the Everyone Benefits Campaign.

Date: Thursday 2nd November

Time 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: Randwick TAFE.

Carpark Entry via John Street Randwick

Auditorium. . Block B. Level 2

Cost with supper included. $10 for members. $15 non-members. Supper available from 6pm.

RSVP https://ecanswrandwicktafe.eventbrite.com.au/

Hope to see you there.

ECIA Inclusion Symposium

ECIA presents an Inclusion Symposium
Partners in practice 2017

Collaboration partnerships, exploring ways for improving referral pathways and inclusive practice in the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)


Keynote Speakers:
John Nash is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Educational
Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky and the founding director of
the Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education, or dLab. John is a specialist in
the application of human centered design in education. He teaches a range of
courses on design thinking, school technology leadership, and school reform.
His current research agenda focuses on the methods to design and prototype
innovations in education. He has held faculty positions at Iowa State University
and the University of Texas at El Paso.

Beth Rous is Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies,
College of Education, and Research and Policy Associate at Human
Development Institute, at University of Kentucky. She is a former special
education teacher at the preschool, elementary and middle school levels. Since
1990, she has secured over $97 million in federal and state grants/contracts to
support the design and large-scale implementation of early care and education
programs with a focus on children from vulnerable populations.
Beth Rous :How do we truly fulfil the promise of full access and participation of young children with disabilities in early childhood education and care services? In their keynote, Drs. Nash and Rous will discuss how design thinking can be used to engage children, families and professionals as co-creators of inclusive programs and services. An overview of design thinking will be presented, along with specific examples and tools that demonstrate how the challenges of inclusion can be addressed through a human centred approach.

Learn about:

  • Design thinking and how it can be used to co-create inclusive programs and services
  • Practical strategies to support inclusion
  • The importance of collaboration in improving referral pathways and inclusive practice
  • Examples of successful local collaborative initiatives.

Who should attend?

  • Early childhood intervention professionals
  • Inclusion support professionals
  • Early childhood education and care professionals
  • Health professionals
  • Community organisations
  • Academics
  • Policy makers.

To learn about the event and register follow this link: https://www.ecia-nsw.org.au/events/event/inclusion-symposium-partners-in-practice

Riverina region ECA annual dinner

The  annual Riverina Region ECA dinner will be held this Thursday 21st September.  At the dinner, the High Achiever in Early Childhood Education, Riverina award will be presented. This has been so successful that the Riverina Region have added a new award. The Making A Difference Award. This is an inaugural award to recognise a person in the Early Childhood Education and Care Sector who has made a significant difference in the lives of children, families and educators.

The annual dinner will be held at the International Hotel, Lake Albert Rd, Wagga starting at 6pm.  Tickets $40 member, $50 non member. Book today numbers are needed by Wednesday morning.

Guest speaker this year is Rhonda Livingston, National Educational Leader for ACECQA. Rhonda will discuss the changes to the National Quality Standards. Rhonda Livingstone
Nominations for the High Achiever Award are:
Name Nominated by Place of work
Rachel Turner Danielle Lange Goodstart Early Learning, Estella
Georgina Miller Jackie Osborne Annette’s Place, Young
Sue Brady Catherine Anderson Kurrajong Early Intervention Service
Making a Difference Award Nominations:
Name Nominated by Place of work
Kathryn Simpson Jackie Osborne Annette’s Place,  Young
Elma Ralph Ashley Sturgess Goulburn Family Day Care
Rachel Turner Danielle Lange Estella Goodstart ELC, Wagga
Grace Qualteri Michele Fowler


Griffith Central Preschool
Please book on Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/RQIM . A great night out celebrating and networking with colleagues.

There’s still time to help parents act to support early learning

Dear ECA Members,

Please get behind the Every One Benefits campaign. Early Childhood Learning is so important…we know it… let’s make sure others do too.

Please copy and paste this reminder and link (directly below) to parents/carers who use your services, or copy and paste it into your email communication with parents:

‘There is still time to have your say to support children’s access to early learning.

Thanks to those who have already taken part in the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits survey—if you haven’t, there is still time to help us reach our goal of 3000 responses.

Your feedback will help the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign present our politicians with evidence of the incredible benefits children experience from quality early learning and what parents say prevents their children from participating in early learning, so that we can put pressure on political leaders to remove those barriers.’

Thank you for your support.

Everyone benefits. survey-final social graphic Every One ECA NSW – Early Learning Everyone Benefits PARENTS SURVEY COPY

Employment Essentials in the ECEC Sector. Workshops by CCSA.

CCSA is running workshops in 8 locations across NSW to help employ staff.

Every day CCSA’s Member Support team answers calls from early childhood Directors, Managers and Committee Members about how to employ staff and manage staffing changes.

Both members and non-members of CCSA are invited to attend this workshop, to benefit from our extensive sector specific experience and get the information you need to run your service effectively.

This workshop looks at the key issues raised with us through our Member Infoline, with topics including:

  • an overview of your Industrial Relations responsibilities
  • your obligations across the cycle of the employment relationship
  • approaches and tools to support compliance and effective staff management, including
    • what to include in an employment contract to comply with your obligations and support effective workplace relations
    • how to manage leave entitlements and staffing arrangements, including during parental leave and long service leave
    • how to manage temporary employment contracts and variations to permanent contracts, and
    • how to manage terminations, including notice periods and payments.

The session is aimed at Directors, Committee Members, Service Owners, Managers and Administrator. Whether you are new to your role, or are looking to refresh your knowledge and skills, you will benefit from attending.

Please click on your preferred location to register.

  • Ballina Tuesday 29 August – 9.30am  to 12.30pm
  • Armidale Wednesday 30 August – 9.30am  to 12.30pm
  • Albury Thursday 31 August – 1.00pm  to 4.00pm
  • East Maitland Wednesday 6 September – 1.00pm  to 4.00pm
  • Katoomba Friday 8 September – 9.30am  to 12.30pm
  • Batemans Bay Thursday 14 September – 9.30am  to 12.30pm
  • Castle Hill Wednesday 20 September
  • Dubbo Thursday 21 September – 9.30am  to 12.30pm

Places are limited – REGISTER TODAY. We look forward to seeing you!

Go to the CCSA Professional Development page for more information about the training and consultancies we can provide.

ECA Conversations in Wollongong – RSVP please

Just a reminder to RSVP for the conversations night to be held in Wollongong this Thursday 3rd August, 2017
University of Wollongong
Early Start Discovery Space & 21.G08


5.00pm: Optional tour of Early Start Discovery Space
6.00pm Light supper & networking
6.30-8.30pm Panel Discussions – Introduction by Cathrine Neilson-Hewitt, Senior Lecturer & Director of the Early Years, UOW


Carol Burgess, Acting Head of School SOTE CSU, (ECA NSW President), Chris Legg, CEO KU Services, Linda Windley, IACC (Illawarra South Coast Regional Representative), Anita Jovanovski, CEO NSW FDC, Meg Mendham CEO CSSA

Topics to be covered: Three year old preschool, Start Strong package, FDC today, Changes to the NQF, New provider approval information and other issues determined by the audience.

Cost $15 per head. $10 ECA Member
Bookings essential – Eventbrite: https://ecanswagm.eventbrite.com.au/