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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Illawarra/South Coast meeting Monday 12th February.

 Illawarra/South Coast’s first meeting for 2018:


Date:                     Monday 12th Feb, 2018

Time:                     6.00pm – 7.45 pm

Venue:                 Alunga Children’s Centre

                               32 Robyn Road, Albion Park Rail, 2527

RSVP:                    Friday 9th Feb  – Reply email – 

The focus of this meeting will be to provide members with the opportunity /time to discuss topics such as: current publications/resources that support best practice and our advocacy work.

Please email through any suggestions for discussion topics or provocations. 

Proposed topics to date:

  • Revised NQS Exceeding themes
  • Live Wires – Information and resources about young children and technology
  • Shoalhaven Special Interest Group (SIG) Inclusion Network
  • Next event update

Cost: Nil

Reply email –



Far North Coast ECA Regional Conference 23rd and 24th March, 2018

The Fabulous Far North Coast ECA Region Conference is to be held on the 23rd and 24th March, 2018.

Venue: Mantra at Kingscliff. 

Masterclass/Keynote presenters are:

Marte Meo International founder Maria Aarts. Maria’s renowned theory based teaching method builds capacity in families, educators and carers of young children by Maria-Aarts-Photo_1developing 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 programSarah Moore

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:

Professor Joce Nuttall: Prof. Nutall leads the Teacher Education research program in the Learning Sciences Institute Australia at Australian Catholic University. Joce will present a way of thinking about the development of people and practices at a systems level. This approach offers a powerful alternative to professional development strategies that pay attention to individuals, such as feedback and coaching. The session will put the emphasis on practice, rather than attitudes and beliefs, with the aim of fostering sustainable change for quality improvement in early childhood services.
Caroline Jordan: Caroline is an Occupational Therapist with over 30 years’ experience collaborating with families and Childhood Educators to help children reach their full potential. Sensational Days is an interactive workshop which examines the diverse sensory processing profiles that children may have and strategies to support these in ECEC settings. It will cover the association between self-regulation and sensory regulation; individual differences in sensory processing; how / why some sensory strategies work and a model to help you decide which strategies might best suit specific situations.
Robin Grille: Robin Grille is an internationally acclaimed psychologist, parent educator and author of ‘Parenting for a Peaceful World’ and ‘Heart-to-Heart Parenting’. In this workshop Robin will discuss and consider the explosion of scientific research around the world in child development, emotional intelligence, brain development and the human heart, including the key childhood experiences that promote children’s emotional intelligence.

On-going information about the full program to be released over the 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

All queries to:

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

ECA NSW Conversations Evening. Guest speaker, Gabrielle Sinclair, CEO, ACECQA. Thursday 2nd November. Randwick TAFE.

Looking forward to seeing Sydney members and friends at the ECA NSW Conversations Evening.

Guest speaker is Gabrielle Sinclair, CEO, ACECQA.

Gabrielle Sinclair


Gabrielle will speak on ACECQA today. This will be followed by Chris Legg, ECA National NSW Board Member  . Chris will discuss the ECA strategic plan and the Everyone Benefits Campaign.

Date: Thursday 2nd November

Time 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: Randwick TAFE.

Carpark Entry via John Street Randwick

Auditorium. . Block B. Level 2

Cost with supper included. $10 for members. $15 non-members. Supper available from 6pm.


Hope to see you there.

ECIA Inclusion Symposium

ECIA presents an Inclusion Symposium
Partners in practice 2017

Collaboration partnerships, exploring ways for improving referral pathways and inclusive practice in the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)


Keynote Speakers:
John Nash is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Educational
Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky and the founding director of
the Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education, or dLab. John is a specialist in
the application of human centered design in education. He teaches a range of
courses on design thinking, school technology leadership, and school reform.
His current research agenda focuses on the methods to design and prototype
innovations in education. He has held faculty positions at Iowa State University
and the University of Texas at El Paso.

Beth Rous is Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies,
College of Education, and Research and Policy Associate at Human
Development Institute, at University of Kentucky. She is a former special
education teacher at the preschool, elementary and middle school levels. Since
1990, she has secured over $97 million in federal and state grants/contracts to
support the design and large-scale implementation of early care and education
programs with a focus on children from vulnerable populations.
Beth Rous :How do we truly fulfil the promise of full access and participation of young children with disabilities in early childhood education and care services? In their keynote, Drs. Nash and Rous will discuss how design thinking can be used to engage children, families and professionals as co-creators of inclusive programs and services. An overview of design thinking will be presented, along with specific examples and tools that demonstrate how the challenges of inclusion can be addressed through a human centred approach.

Learn about:

  • Design thinking and how it can be used to co-create inclusive programs and services
  • Practical strategies to support inclusion
  • The importance of collaboration in improving referral pathways and inclusive practice
  • Examples of successful local collaborative initiatives.

Who should attend?

  • Early childhood intervention professionals
  • Inclusion support professionals
  • Early childhood education and care professionals
  • Health professionals
  • Community organisations
  • Academics
  • Policy makers.

To learn about the event and register follow this link:

Riverina region ECA annual dinner

The  annual Riverina Region ECA dinner will be held this Thursday 21st September.  At the dinner, the High Achiever in Early Childhood Education, Riverina award will be presented. This has been so successful that the Riverina Region have added a new award. The Making A Difference Award. This is an inaugural award to recognise a person in the Early Childhood Education and Care Sector who has made a significant difference in the lives of children, families and educators.

The annual dinner will be held at the International Hotel, Lake Albert Rd, Wagga starting at 6pm.  Tickets $40 member, $50 non member. Book today numbers are needed by Wednesday morning.

Guest speaker this year is Rhonda Livingston, National Educational Leader for ACECQA. Rhonda will discuss the changes to the National Quality Standards. Rhonda Livingstone
Nominations for the High Achiever Award are:
Name Nominated by Place of work
Rachel Turner Danielle Lange Goodstart Early Learning, Estella
Georgina Miller Jackie Osborne Annette’s Place, Young
Sue Brady Catherine Anderson Kurrajong Early Intervention Service
Making a Difference Award Nominations:
Name Nominated by Place of work
Kathryn Simpson Jackie Osborne Annette’s Place,  Young
Elma Ralph Ashley Sturgess Goulburn Family Day Care
Rachel Turner Danielle Lange Estella Goodstart ELC, Wagga
Grace Qualteri Michele Fowler


Griffith Central Preschool
Please book on Trybooking . A great night out celebrating and networking with colleagues.

There’s still time to help parents act to support early learning

Dear ECA Members,

Please get behind the Every One Benefits campaign. Early Childhood Learning is so important…we know it… let’s make sure others do too.

Please copy and paste this reminder and link (directly below) to parents/carers who use your services, or copy and paste it into your email communication with parents:

‘There is still time to have your say to support children’s access to early learning.

Thanks to those who have already taken part in the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits survey—if you haven’t, there is still time to help us reach our goal of 3000 responses.

Your feedback will help the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign present our politicians with evidence of the incredible benefits children experience from quality early learning and what parents say prevents their children from participating in early learning, so that we can put pressure on political leaders to remove those barriers.’

Thank you for your support.

Everyone benefits. survey-final social graphic Every One ECA NSW – Early Learning Everyone Benefits PARENTS SURVEY COPY