ECA North Coast Annual Meeting Dinner

2017 Annual Meeting Dinner

You are invited to ECA (NSW) Far North Coast regional groups Annual meeting.

Tuesday 12th June, 2017, 6pm

Where-Bangalow Bowling and Sports club.

RSVP- before Friday 9th June.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the restaurant and bar facilities.


The ECA (NSW) Far North Coast regional group is an Early Childhood advocacy group that works alongside ECA NSW and ECA National to advocate for the rights of young children and their families.

This group of volunteers meets monthly to discuss local issues, organise professional development networking nights and organises an Annual conference that attracts around 300 people.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of then please come along and meet like-minded professionals in the Early Childhood Sector.

Nominations open for:

Chair of regional group.

Regional correspondent

Regional Representative.


*The North Coast Regional Group ECA activities are co-ordinated and run by a group of volunteer Early Childhood Professionals who donate their time and effort to ensure opportunities for professional enrichment are made available to Early Childhood Educators and Practitioners within the Far North Coast region. 

Central Coast Region & Kooloora Preschool – Indigenous Inclusion

Early Childhood Australia Central Coast region and Kooloora Preschool

are pleased to present:

Indigenous Inclusion

Let’s get Local 

Monday 29th May


Venue: Kooloora Preschool

Access via Kooloora Rd, Toukley

Afternoon will include: 

A Kinship Game
• Practical ways to embed an early years local Aboriginal Perspective
• Collaborative Partnerships
(Quality area 6)
• A Tour of the Preschool, Bush Tucker Tasting & Light Refreshments


Brianna Thomas – Preschool Teacher

Kara Walker – Aboriginal Ed Officer

Trudy Smith – Learning Support Officer

Email your intention to attend to:

See flyer for more details : Central Coast Region May – Indigenous Inclusion

$5 participation. Free for ECA members on presentation of card.


Early Childhood Education Directorate May Consultation Sessions

The Department of Education is holding a series of information and consultation sessions on early childhood education across NSW.

At each session participants will be encouraged to join the conversation, ask questions and provide input on some key initiatives,


*   the Regional and Remote Early Childhood Education Strategy

*   full implementation of Start Strong for community preschools

and long day care services

*   changes to the National Law and regulations

*   update on the Assessment and Rating process.

You are invited to come along to hear more about these topics and also share your views and ideas. The sessions will be held on the following dates at the locations listed:

9 May – Sydney CBD

Sydney Masonic Centre Goulburn St

11 May – Armidale

Armidale City Bowling Club

12 May – Ballina

Quality Hotel Ballina Beach Resort

16 May – Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga RSL Club

17 May – Maitland

Mercure Maitland Monte Pio

18 May – Blacktown

Blacktown RSL Club

19 May – Castle Hill

Castle Hill RSL Club

22 May – Bankstown

Bankstown Sports Club

24 May – Nowra

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre

26 May – Dubbo

Dubbo RSL Club Resort


To confirm your attendance at one of the sessions, please reserve your place by registering through the  Eventbrite page<>.


Venue capacity is limited, so RSVP is essential.


If you have any queries, please contact the engagement team at or on 02 9266 8034.

ECA Far North Coast Regional Conference 2017

ECA Far North Coast Regional Conference 2017 






Tickets are still available so don’t miss out! 

Learn more about our special guests….




Jo Goodwin


Jo Goodwin – An Aboriginal woman from Wonnarua & Kamilaroi tribes in NSW. Supporting the inclusion of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture & exploring the practice of cultural competence are areas that she is very committed to in early childhood education and care services. Jo has many years’ experience working in Inclusion Support Agencies (ISAs) and facilitating professional development in this area.

Developing cultural competence is a clear expectation within the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The EYLF describes cultural competence as being ‘much more than awareness of cultural differences. It is the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures.’ This master class will explore the concept that cultural competence is the map to ethical communication, how well do you read and understand the map?  It is stated that Cultural competence is the ability to interact effectively with people across different cultures. It has four components: * Awareness of one’s own cultural worldview (assumptions, biases) * A positive attitude towards cultural differences * Knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews * Cross-cultural communication skills. We will actively explore these four components and seek to further define culture, recognising that culture is not static. Culture is shaped in time and through time – it shifts, changes and evolves in relation to all sorts of societal, environmental and economic conditions. Consider the concept of ‘the other’ and get comfortable in sitting in a space of discomfort.

Jo Goodwin will be facilitating a not to be missed masterclass, on Friday the 31st of March and will also be the opening keynote at the conference, and presenting in session 3 (3pm) on Saturday.



 Cate McQuillen

Cate McQuillen is a creatively based eco driven, Emmy award winning producer/writer and director. She and her partner, Hewey Eustace, have the audacity to believe that their company, mememe productions, can influence a generation.

Cate McQuillens’ nature based session based on her ground breaking work in the get grubby program, will support teachers to get their kids outside getting grubby in no time. Driven by philosophy that behavioural change occurs when kids connect to the beauty of nature with a profound, yet positive, understanding of the science all around them will inspire the kind of action kids can do every day to help protect the things they love.

Cate’s dynamic 90 minute presentation will be taking place in both session 1 (11am) and session 3 (3.00pm) of Saturdays conference.


Jodi Rogers

Jodi Rodgers is a qualified special education teacher and has a Masters in Health Science-Sexual Health. Jodi has worked within the education and community sectors in both Australia and internationally and has extensive experience working within the disability community including early intervention and also with sexual health services. Jodi delivers sexuality education programs and counselling through Birds and Bees – Sexuality Consultancy.

“Bums, willys and ‘ginas:  Sexuality Development and Early Childhood” will look at what is typical sexuality development in young children; investigate where kids are learning about sexuality and gender (and if we are keeping up) and discuss knowing when and if we need to be concerned.

Jodi’s informative 90 minute sessions will be presenting in both session 1 (11am) and session 3 (3.00pm) at Saturdays conference.

All this and much more at the ECA 2017 Regional Conference Don’t Miss Out!!!!


Options for payment by invoice will be closing in the next 2 weeks. Remember that a 20% discount applies to all ECA members. To receive this discount simply apply ECA in the discount promotion box when paying by credit card, or type invoiced in the promotion discount box and your discount will be applied to your invoice.


Tickets can be purchased through the following link


Registrations for the Far North Coast Conference are filling fast.

The annual Far North Coast  Regional Group Conference is on again at the stunning Peppers SALT resort, Kingscliff.

Master classes with Robyn Dolby and Jo Goodwin will be held on Friday 31st March.

Main Conference day is Saturday 1st April, 2017.

Reception by the Pool 5.30-8pm Friday 31st March.

Conference fees (GST inclusive) include registration, breakfast coffee/tea, morning tea, and buffet lunch

Full registration – Masterclass plus reception by the pool plus conference      $500   $400 (ECA member)

Masterclass plus reception by the pool                $250     $200 (ECA member)

Conference plus reception by the pool                $340       $272 (ECA member)

Conference only                                                             $290    $232 (ECA member)

Masterclass only –                                                           $200       $160 (ECA member)

Reception only (for guests or partners of conference attendees)    $65       $52 (ECA member)

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