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.

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

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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:

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:,, 

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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:

Place of work:

Best number for contact:

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.

Conversations Evening – Kylie Ashley- Working with Culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

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.

Kylie Ashley

The conversations evening will start at 7pm and goes for one hour.

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Early Learning Matters week

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.

Wallum Preschool
Armidale TAFE children walking with Early Learning Matters Hats
Mayfield Preschool – Hunter Region
Wallum Preschool
Amy Hurd Wagga – ELM Hats playing Duck Duck Goose.
Wallum Preschool
Wallum Preschool celebrating Early Learning Matters 2021
Armidale TAFE. Early Learning in action.

ECA NSW – vaccinations for all essential ECEC workers.

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:

Conversations Evening 1st July 7pm. Approved Learning Frameworks update

ECA NSW is very interested in being part of the update of the National Quality Learning Frameworks

A Conversations Evening will take place on Thursday 1st July at 7pm via zoom. Its your time to have a say.

Leading the discussion is former ECA NSW President, Dr Fay Hadley (Macquarie University) and Dr Linda Harrison (Macquarie University and CSU)

Fay and Linda will start the conversation and will be delighted to have input from early childhood professionals on the Frameworks. You can check out their website here

Fay Hadley


Linda Harrison

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