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)

To Book go to

Read  about the speakers and presentations herefnc-conf-brochure-2017

Position in NT available

A unique position in the Northern Territory is available.

The position is coordinated by CONTACT Inc.

Early Childhood Education Program Co-Ordinator

Location: Alice Springs, NT
 Are you looking to make your mark on a vital service?
 Dynamic leadership opportunity for a highly experienced Early Childhood Teacher!
 Fantastic salary package circa $100k including salary sacrifice, flights, initial accommodation & more!

 Either Full-time employment OR consideration of a negotiable Job Share arrangement over pre-defined scheduled blocks!

Contact has an opportunity for a highly experienced Early Childhood Professional to co-ordinate day-to-day service delivery of their Mobile Education Programs based in Alice Springs and servicing the Utopia Homelands regions.
If you love the sound of this opportunity but are not able to relocate to the Northern Territory on a full-time basis, Contact is offering the opportunity to enter into a negotiable job-share opportunity. This would see you sharing the role over pre-arranged blocks of time with another skilled contact employee.

For more information click on the link below.


Conversations Evening Thursday 2nd March, Blacktown. Teacher Accreditation – Where to now?

NSW ECA is holding a conversations evening at Blacktown 

Thursday 2nd March

Topic: Teacher Accreditation- Where to now?

Speaker: Merise Bickley, Head, Early Education / Standards, NSW Education Standards Authority ( NESA ) formally BOSTES.

Venue: Blacktown Council Civic Centre,

Nirimba room, 5th Floor, Campbell st. Blacktown

Cost: Free includes supper

RSVP essential: Monday 27th February, 2017. Click on link below to register. 

ECA NSW Conversations Blacktown 2nd March




World Forum in New Zealand.

The World Forum on Early Care and Education is in New Zealand this year. ECA members have the opportunity to join 800 early childhood professionals from over 80 nations for a life changing experience in Auckland. 

The theme of the event is Sustainability – sustaining childhoods, families, organizations, the planet, each other and ourselves!

ECA Members get a discount of $160 US. The ECA rate is $775. to access this discount click on the link below. This discount is only valid until March 31st. 

ECA Members World Forum discount

To find out more about the forum check out:




Far North Coast Regional Conference 31st March and Saturday 1st April.

The annual ECA NSW  Far North Coast regional branch conference for 2017 is  at SALT Peppers resort Kingscliff.
The conference dates are:

*         Friday 31st March for the Masterclasses and reception

*         Sat 1st April for the Conference proper.
Bookings are now open at

Master class will be on Friday 31st March. Robyn Dolby will speak on the circle of security and Jo Goodwin will speak on Cultural Competence.

Brochure for the conference is available here: fnc-conf-brochure-2017

For further information contact: Sheena Felton or Leo Prendergast 02 66866621

Mid North Coast presents Ethical leadership with Catherine Hydon

ECA NSW -MID NORTH COAST Presents Ethical Leadership and Ethics in Practice with Catharine Hydon

Port  Macquarie TAFE, Graduates restaurant. Widderson Street, Port Macquarie in Graduates Restaurant – C Block

Ethical Leadership Friday 17th February 1pm-6pm Ethical leadership is necessary to ensure Early Education and Care Services meet contemporary pedagogical practices and standards which are sensitive to the rights of young children, their families and the community. Come an experience an interactive session with Catharine Hydon focusing on how leaders in early education and care settings can understand and implement strategies which provide a structure for their team of educators to understand and actively work with the revised ECA Code of ethics.

Cost: $105 for ECA Members & $115 for non-members
To book Ethical Leadership with Catharine Hydon follow the link:

Ethics in Practice Saturday 18th February 9:30- 3:30pm As an early childhood professional it is essential for educators to understand their role and responsibilities in enacting ethical practice. Catharine Hydon will present an interactive and stimulating professional learning session which looks at the newly revised ECA code of ethics and assists educators to understand how this impacts directly on their pedagogy and practice. This is an essential workshop for all educators at all levels. Morning Tea and lunch will be provided. Please email any dietary requirements directly to the organiser.

Cost:$125 for ECA members & $135 for non-members
To book Ethics in Practice with Catharine Hydon follow the link: Further questions please contact:

Catharine Hydon