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.

Conversations Evening – How to be a story teller.

ECA NSW presents a Conversation Evening with Jo Henwood

Jo Henwood is an Accredited Storyteller with Australian Storytellers, accredited Professional Guide with the Institute of Australian Tour Guides, and President of the Australian Fairy Tale Society. She is a museum theatre creative, and workshop leader on literature, history, creative writing, folklore, and storytelling.

As a Tour Guide she leads tours around Sydney, as and Education Officer she interprets history and science in heritage sites, and she was a FEAST (Federation of Asian Storytellers) mentor to Storytellers performing in heritage sites.

Her qualifications include BA (Library Science), Tour Guiding Cert III, Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies, Graduate Certificate of Gifted Education, and Master of Cultural Heritage. Jo has been performing stories for nearly 25 years, specialising in historical stories and fairy tales, and storytelling in heritage sites, but also performing myths, mysteries, romances, ghost and literary stories, for audiences from preschool to elderly, including school age, families, teens, and People With Disability.

Join this enjoyable Conversations Evening on Thursday 18th August,7 to 8 pm. 2022

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This session will be recorded . If registered you will be sent a link to the recording.

BeYou visiting the Far North Coast

Far North Coast BeYou Presentation

ECA Far North Coast invites you to the second evening, focussed on Educator well-being.

BeYou will be presenting a session on support for Educator’s wellbeing, after a challenging year of floods, staffing shortages and other challenges on the Far North Coast.

We encourage you to bring your colleagues along for an evening of support, networking and connection. 

We will be hosting this event in two locations on the Far North Coast, to reach as many Educators as possible.


Be You: Planning for Wellbeing: Mine, Yours, Ours


Tuesday, 23rd August – 6pm -8pm – Wollongbar TAFE Campus, K Block, Room: KG11. 61 Sneaths Road, Wollongbar, NSW, 2477.


Wednesday, 24th August – 6pm – 8pm, Cooloon Children’s Centre, 2 Park Street, Tweed Heads. 

Cost: $5 per person for light refreshments and drinks.

Book here 

https://www.trybooking.com/CBTAD Wollongbar

https://www.trybooking.com/CBTAI  Cooloon

For further enquiries – farnorthcoast@nsw.earlychildhood.org.au

We hope to see you there for an evening together!

Conversations Evening with Julie Gaul and Deb Watson – Environmental Sustainability in ECEC. Thursday 23rd at 7pm.

Many people would know Julie Gaul and Deb Watson from ECEEN. 

ECEEN has joined with Early Childhood Australia spreading the word about environmental sustainability in Early Childhood Education and Care centres across Australia.

 ‘Being the change’ by acting locally.

Julie and Deb will discuss the evolution of Early Childhood Environmental Education Network (ECEEN) into a special interest group within Early Childhood Australia. They will investigate how your service can be the catalyst for change in your community, how  sustainable living and learning in early childhood settings can develop and grow within the regions and connect to local community issues to make a difference now and for future generations.They will discuss how to participate in the SPROuts Practice Awards.

Discuss what you can do to be most effective to support the continued transformation of their services into environmentally sustainable practices. .

Register today for the ECA NSW Conversations Evening. Join on the evening or be sent the recording post Conversations. 

Thursday 23rd June at 7pm. 

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ECA NSW Conversations WHAT”S NEW ECA Professional Development and BeYou

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. 

When: Thursday May 26, 2022 07:00 PM 

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Shae Haylen – ECA General Manager Professional Learning

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.

Deb Yates National Manager BeYou

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.

Conversations Evening – Kate and Mandy from Too Peas in a Pod. April 7th at 7pm.

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.

Mandy Hose and Kate Jones

Register in advance for this meeting. April 7th at 7pm:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Anita Heiss – Guest speaker ECA NSW Conversations. Thursday 17th February via Zoom.

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/

Be part of a conversation with Anita via Zoom

February 17th at 7pm

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Hope to see you there. You are welcome to share this link with other interested colleagues.

ECA NSW network group for Sydney Metro

Sydney members it’s your time

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.

Please RSVP to Laura Sportelli at:

Join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 817 8420 7290
Passcode: 767175

Please join and support the new network group

ECA NSW Conversations Evening

Good Morning Members, 

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. 

Sara Stockman

Also…how are YOU doing? The conversation will be underpinned by self-care for educators. 

Specific links and helpful resources: http://www.challengingbehavior.org, http://www.pyramidmodelaustralia.org, http://www.positivelygrowing.com.au http://www.relaxkids.com. 

Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsdOCprzooHdN2nfB_D5sUmm413-9oP2AR 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Scholarship opportunity for ECA National Virtual Conference

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.


Personal Details



Date of Birth:

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Scholarship Questions

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.