ECA NSW Conversations evening. Working with Children in trauma

ECA NSW is pleased to be holding a conversations evening this Thursday 15th April via Zoom. New time of 7pm to 8pm

Bronwen Elliott is an independent social worker who works with families where there are significant child protection concerns. She also assists agencies working with families through training and consultation and has worked on a number of projects with early childhood education providers.

During this conversation evening Bronwen will give practical guidance on how you can work with young children. There will be time for you to ask Bronwen questions.

Register in advance for this meeting:–tqT8rHtL87yvzOJZesrG7NsWrWZS8

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

Please pass on link to other educators to whom this ECA NSW Conversations Evening may be useful.

NQF Review is under way. Your turn to have a say.

Last week Gabrielle Sinclair, CEO ACECQA spoke to the NSW members in a conversations evening. She stressed how important it was for Early Childhood teachers and Educators to speak up about the NQF. Below is information about how to participate.
Stage 2 of the 2019 NQF Review is underway with the release of a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS) for feedback. The CRIS explores a range of issues related to 8 key areas:

Gabrielle Sinclair – CEO ACECQA urges people to comment on the NQS review
  • safety, health and wellbeing;
  • family day care;
  • outside school hours care;
  • workforce;
  • understanding of quality ratings by families;
  • changes in fees within the NQF system;
  • oversight and governance of services and providers; and
  • proposed changes to the NQF arising from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

ECA will be developing a written submission with input from ECA Branches and members. 

Watch out for an invitation to participate in a ECA members online session, where you can join Sarah Swain, General Manager, Policy and Government Relations to discuss the issues included in the CRIS.

If you can’t attend an online session, please feel free to provide your feedback to ECA via the email address below.

Want to know more?

Go to 2019 NQF Review to read about the review.

Please contact for further information or to provide feedback on the CRIS.

ECA NSW Conversations via Zoom. Gabrielle Sinclair, CEO, ACECQA

ECA NSW’s first conversations evening, via Zoom, for 2021 is ACECQA CEO, Gabrielle Sinclair. Thursday 25th February 6.30-8pm.

Gabrielle Sinclair has been the CEO of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) since January 2017.  She has experience at Executive level in a number of Queensland Government portfolios including Corrective Services, Local Government and Planning, and Education and Training where she held the position of Deputy Director-General, Early Childhood and Community Engagement.

Gabrielle has degrees in teaching and education, a Master’s degree in Education and an Executive Master’s degree in Public Administration. 

ACECQA CEO Gabrielle Sinclair

Questions for Gabrielle can be sent to: by Friday 12th February, 2021.

Register in advance for this meeting:

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

ECA NSW Conversations night. NESA accreditation. Questions answered.

ECA NSW Conversations via Zoom – Leading with Technology

Leading with Technology: Digital Spaces and Pathways for ECEC Learning and Leadership Development

The pandemic has presented unique challenges in the ECEC sector, both in terms of managing through uncertainty and navigating communication and professional development that has abruptly become overwhelmingly distance-based.

In response to these challenges digital platforms and virtual environments are changing the way we can lead and manage teams, connect with families and enhance our professional development. This webinar looks at what this means for us in being able to adapt, build capability and change mindsets towards technology as a learning tool

By the end of this session you will:

· Discover innovative digital tools and learning pathways that can make learning, interactive, interesting and sticky

· Know how to increase engagement and create safe spaces in a virtual world for educators and families

· Be able to create “leading to learn” spaces through curiosity, inquiry and collaboration that supports peer to peer learning and innovation

 Presenters :

Jason Renshaw, Goodstart Chief Learning Officer, and Claire Marriott, State Learning Partner for Goodstart Early Learning.

Date and Time : Thursday 22nd October, 2020 at 6.30 pm.

Register in advance for this meeting:

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

Dr Kate Highfield – Teaching with technology – Conversations by Zoom.Thursday 24th Sept, 6.30 pm.

Hi there, 

Interested in learning more about Teaching with Technology with Dr Kate Highfield? This is available to members in a Zoom Conversations evening on Thursday 24th September at 6.30 pm. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

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

The Practice of Hope in a Time of Uncertainty – Anthony Semann

The Practice of Hope in a world of uncertainty

A day with Anthony Semann

Saturday 19th September, 2020

Batlow RSL Club

This event is FREE thanks to our sponsors listed.

Morning tea and lunch provided.


Anthony Semann

9.00am Registration

9.30am – welcomes and arrival

9.45am – morning tea with opening keynote

10.45 – panel of service representatives talking about ‘curriculum which supports citizenship during turbulent times’

12.00pm – lunch

12.45pm – final keynote and provocation

2.15pm – close

Our experience of living and breathing in the world right now has thrown up some challenges to the early years sector but also to all people across our globe. Early childhood centres do not operate in isolation from world events, and we are well placed to work with children as agents of change. This day will be a dynamic day of ideas, conversations, a panel of educators sharing their work and the opportunity to work as a collective to cultivate new ideas and new ways of working with and alongside families, children and our colleagues. Hope offers us comfort during turbulence and reassures us that ’this too shall pass’. but as it does we must build the capacity to navigate further challenges whilst not living in the dark shadows of those things that have passed.

This event is not a public event. It can be accessed by the following link. One ticket per person.


We are very Covid aware. If feeling ill stay at home. Covid procedures will apply .

This event will be presented on Zoom if the Covid situation changes.

 This event has been supported by the NSW Government and the Commonwealth Government through the Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund. We would also like to acknowledge the support of the Snowy Valleys Council, Early Childhood Australia, Riverina Branch and Destination Riverina Murray.

Although funding has been provided by both the Australian and New South Wales Governments, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views of either Government.

This event was provided for free with the support of the following sponsors. We are very appreciative of their support for Early Childhood Education within the Snowy Valleys area.


Dear ECA NSW Members,

Thank you to all who work in Early Childhood Education and Care. You have always done an outstanding job for young children. Now even more so.

ECA National provides relevant daily updates about Covid 19.

ECA’s Newsletter webwatch is an excellent read with many resources and information to help everyone through this crisis. It’s free and packed with information.

Stay well.

A Central Coast specific cultural sharing for early childhood educators

Join us for an afternoon of workshops hosted
by local indigenous leaders. Our time together will incorporate hands on learning as well as appropriate cultural practise and establishing an authentic Reconciliation Action Plan for an early childhood context.

This event is hosted by
ECA Central Coast group

A light supper with bushfood flair is included
4 – 7.45 PM
Yerra Building
Ourimbah Campus


Cost: $85
$60 with current
ECA Membership

Flyer attached.

Central Coast event 5th March, 2020

Far North Coast Conference

The wonderful Far North Conference is on again at the Mantra SALT Resort, Kingscliff.

Numbers are strictly limited however it is an ideal time to get up to date information and mix with colleagues from the Early Childhood Education Field.

Masterclass will be held on 27th March, 9-4 pm

TOPIC: Trauma informed practice with young children

Presented by Lisa Gardiner
This masterclass will …
unpack and explore trauma and its impact on brain/neuro development and attachment, identify trauma-informed practice opportunities in early childhood reflect on participants’ attachment styles and the impact that has on relationships and application of practice

2020 masterclass FNC

Saturday Conference day is 28th March 9 am to 4 pm.

Opening keynote
Dr Sandra Cheeseman – What makes for a great day?

Workshop Sessions
Lisa Gardiner – Creating therapeutic play environments for children who have experienced trauma

Donna Osmetti – Pijjibun (Bangalow Palm) Project –Weaving, winding and fashioning palm fronds

Travis DeVries – Aboriginal Art – Ancient Symbolism, Modern Context – Finding your own artistic voice

Get Knotted – Macramé creations

Be You – Building your resilience and wellbeing as an educator

Laure Hislop (KU) – STEM workshop

Pip Rose – Work, Play and Feel with Clay

Dr Sandra Cheeseman – 0-3 years … Listening to learn

Janet Auret – How do we learn to have dynamic balance? Neuro-motor development in children

Closing keynote
Catharine Hydon – The important questions to ask

People are encouraged to book quickly

2020 conference flyer FNC