Hunter Event – Well being workshop

Come Along and Hear about Educator Wellbeing

This is being run by the Be You team 

Explore strategies for self-care and support colleagues in the workplace, including:

  • the importance of educator self care
  • the benefits for children when educator well being is supported
  • ways of supporting educator well being in an early childhood setting

Tuesday 4th December @ Charlestown Bowling Club

Cost ECA members: free. Non Members: $10 Students: $5

RSVP: *we have a little pamper gift for everyone attending

ECA National Conference Six Scholarships available for NSW educators

 The NSW branch of Early Childhood Australia is donating six scholarships to eligible people working in the Early Childhood Field.


The scholarships are for full registrations plus part payment of accommodation and travel.

There are 6 scholarships available.

1 Educator from a Regional or Remote  location

1 Educator with  CERT III (Early Childhood)

1 Educator with Diploma qualification (Early Childhood)

1  teacher with Bachelor of Education (EC)

2 Educators from an Indigenous background


However you had better be quick applications close Thursday 17th May at 9am.

Application for scholarships to attend the ECA conference in Sydney 2018

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ECA NSW May Newsletter

Good Morning Members,

Below is the latest newsletter for ECA NSW.

Read the newsletter to find out more about:

  • Far North Coast Conference
  • ECA NSW AGM – 17th
  • Six scholarships available for National Conference.
  • Mid North Coast Symposium
  • NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships
  • Hunter region Trivia Night on EC.

A new regional group is about to start in Penrith. Please contact the ECA NSW office if this would be of interest to you.

ECA NSW Newsletter May 2018


NSW Executive

Mobile: 0429 779 039

ECA NSW AGM _ Guest Speaker – Megan Mitchell – 17th May.

It is with great pleasure we announce that

Megan Mitchell,

National Children’s Commissioner

Is our guest speaker for the ECA NSW AGM

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To be held on Thursday 17th May


Club York.

95-99 York St, Sydney.

Light supper will be served from 6pm.

RSVP  Attendance is free.


People wishing to nominate for a position on the executive committee must complete a nomination form. Contact

Reconciliation Symposium- Freemantle 11-12 May – Travel Subsidies now available.

Travel subsidies now available. Click on the hyperlink for more information. A terrific opportunity for NSW Early Childhood Professionals.

ECA Reconciliation Symposium

As part of ECA’s commitment to acknowledging reconbeciliation in the early years, ECA hosts an annual national Reconciliation Symposium. The first symposium was held in Adelaide in 2015 followed by Sydney in 2016 and the Gold Coast in 2017.

The 2018 Reconciliation Symposium will be held  at The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle, 11–12 May. Registrations are now open, click here for more information. The Reconciliation Symposium explores the nature of reconciliation within the sector and brings the matter of reconciliation in early childhood into the spotlight to work towards a better future for all Australians.






Mid North Coast Symposium

ECA NSW Mid-North Coast Regional Group Invites you to our Regional Symposium: Celebrate, Collaborate, Innovate

Saturday 24th March 2018, Slim Dusty Centre, Kempsey

Guest speakers Nikki Buchan and Thea O’Connor will ignite your curiosity as we celebrate early childhood education across the mid-north coast. There will be plenty of opportunities to collaborate with peers.

Program                                                                                                         8:30am Registration                                                                                        9:00am Welcome and acknowledgement of country

9:30am Nikki Buchan keynote and panel discussion will focus on innovative ways to create environments that foster resilience and well-being of children. Our panel will consist of early childhood professionals sharing their stories from working in the field.

Niki Buchan

11:00am Morning Tea

11:30am & 12:10pm Breakout sessions carried out in the middle of the day will focus on several roundtable conversations addressing different topics which challenge early education professionals. The aim of these is to create dynamic dialogue and establish a network for ongoing support and critical reflection between interested ECEC professionals.

  • Being a pedagogical leader: Navigating the challenges
  • Transition to School: Working in collaboration
  • Managing work /study Balance
  • Fostering Inclusion through Deep and Authentic connection
  • Supporting secure Attachment Relationships
  • Leadership: The challenges of leading a team
  • Building authentic Relationships with Families.

1:30 Thea O’Connor keynote and her interactive session will foster understandings of work place well-being and personal performance.

3:30pm Symposium Close.

Ticket purchases and further details:

Far North Coast Conference 23rd and 24th March. Maria Aarts – Key note speaker

Places for the 2018 Early Childhood Australia, North Coast Conference are filling fast. With Maria Aarts as the key note speaker.

23rd & 24th March, 2018, Mantra at Kingscliff

Our exciting Masterclass/Keynote presenters
• Marte Meo International founder Maria Aarts. Maria’s renowned theory based teaching method builds capacity in families, educators and carers of young children by developing the observational and communicative knowledge and strategies that support the integral emotional and social connections and interactions between individuals. Her methods and research are utilised in many countries all over the world today.

• Sarah Moore is the founder and CEO of Early Education Leadership, the creator of Leadership without Limits, an in-depth program that looks to “raise personal awareness, shift perspectives and promote Conscious Leadership in order for individuals to recognise their full potential and lead in ways that create significant change”, whatever your professional/personal position.

Saturday Session Presenters Include:

Liam McNicholas . Liam is a Canberra-based early childhood teacher, freelance writer and advocate, particularly focusing on early learning in political and policy contexts. He is the editor of the NQF news and analysis website The Framework. Liam’s session considers: A Whole New World – The New Child Care Package. July 2018 will see one of the biggest shifts in early childhood education and care ever in Australia. What do services and leaders need to know? What should you be preparing for? And what will it mean for children and families? This engaging session will explore all these big questions as well as giving a framework and background to why these changes are occurring.

Annette Sax: Annette is a Taungurung and has worked in the Early Childhood profession for 27 years. For the past 17 years, she has been the small business owner and Education and Creative Arts Director of Yarn Strong Sista Pty Ltd, an Aboriginal Education Consultancy that provides Storytelling, conducts Cross Cultural training with Teachers, and develops culturally appropriate resources. Annette is an artist, storyteller and illustrator who paints using ochre and wattle sap on canvas as well as felting on silk. In this workshop, Annette will guide educators to gain an insight into the importance of the ‘Walert Walert’ -Possum Skin Cloaks. Learn about Aboriginal Pedagogy culture through the contemporary story Bartja and Mayila, written by Dr Sue Atkinson-Lopez, Yorta Yorta Author, and illustrated by Annette. After the story Annette will facilitate a creative experience and participants will have the opportunity to make a Possum Skin Necklace using materials collected from Country.

Mark Carthew – An author, teacher, poet, editor and musician, Mark is well known for his books, conference and workshop presentations exploring literacy, movement, rhyme, poetry, music and drama. Mark’s latest books The Great Zoo Hullabaloo! & Marvin and Marigold: The Big Sneeze were both shortlisted for this year’s Speech Pathology Australia Awards … and Book#2 in the Marvin and Marigold SERIES; Marvin and Marigold: A Christmas Surprise has just been released in both Australia and the UK. Mark will weave interactive games, music and movement into this session, linking all to the joyfulness of literacy and language play! More information on our wonderful session line-up in coming weeks!

Conference fees include registration, breakfast, coffee/tea, morning tea and buffet lunch
Full Registration – Masterclass, reception by the pool, conference- $500 $400 (ECA Member)
Masterclass plus by the pool reception- $250 $200 (ECA Member) Conference plus by the pool reception- $340 $272 (ECA Member) Conference Only- $290 $232 (ECA Member) Masterclass Only – tickets not available till February $200 $160 (ECA Member) Reception only (for guests or partners of conference attendees $65 $52 (ECA Member)

*Reception by the Pool is held Friday evening

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Note: ECA Member 20% discount will automatically be added when “ECA” is inserted into the discount/promotion box

Great News – Prof Deb Brennan to speak on the Lifting our Game report – Thursday 15th March – Penrith

Conversations Evening

ECA NSW Members and Executive in Penrith

Guest Speaker Professor Deb Brennan

 Lifting our game: Report of the review to achieve educational excellence in Australian schools through early childhood interventions

Date: Thursday, 15th March 2018

 Where: Penrith Panthers Hunter Room

Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm

About Professor Deb Brennan

Professor Deborah Brennan BA (Hons), MA, PhD, FASSA, is one of Australia’s leading researchers in comparative social policy, early childhood education and care and gender and politics. Deborah has held visiting positions at the London School of Economics, Oxford University, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the NSW Ministerial Carers Advisory Council, a former President of the Australian Political Science Association and was the Inaugural Convenor of the National Association of Community Based Children’s Services (NABCBS). She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the United States Study Centre, University of Sydney. Deborah serves on the editorial advisory board of Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, Families, Relationships and Societies and the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. She is a member of the Feminist International Institutionalist Network (FIIN), the International Network on Leave Policies and Research and the Network on Migration and Care in the Asia-Pacific. Deborah leads the University of NSW component of a Commonwealth funded Collaborative Research Network that links the Social Policy Research Centre (UNSW) and the Centre for Children and Young People (Southern Cross University).

The report was led by Susan Pascoe AM and Professor Deborah Brennan.

Deb will speak on the report and then join a conversation on educational excellence in Early Childhood services.

Free for ECA Members and $15 for non members.

Bookings essential : URL:

Light Supper provided from 6pm. RSVP 14th March, 2018.

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