Early Childhood Australia Events
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2021 ECA National Conference
Young Citizens—The right to play, learn and be heard
The ECA National Conference will be held virtually from Monday 6 September—Thursday 9 September 2021.
In 2021 we celebrate young children as citizens with rights.
Find more details about the 2021 ECA National Conference here.
2022 ECA Reconciliation Symposium
As part of our ongoing commitment to acknowledging reconciliation in the early years, ECA will be hosting the 2022 Reconciliation Symposium at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, Northern Territory, May 2022 to explore reconciliation within the sector. Click here to learn more.
2021 ECA Reconciliation Connect
As part of our ongoing commitment to promoting reconciliation in the early years, Early Childhood Australia (ECA) warmly welcomes you to be part of our online event: 2021 ECA Reconciliation Connect on Friday 14 May 2021. Attendees of this innovative online event will learn about a culture dating back more than 40 000 years and hear from engaging keynotes and participating in interactive breakout sessions that will promote dialogue, understanding and engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants. Click here to find out more about the event.
2021 AJEC Research Symposium
The 2021 AJEC Research Symposium took place virtually on 11–12 February 2021. Click here for more information and find AJEC-related blogs on The Spoke including the value of embedding research in educator practice, another on disengagement from learning and a blog on supporting children in complex families.
Be You Bushfire Response Program: Revitalise in recovery
Revitalise in recovery is a forum for early learning and school age care setting leaders and educators who are caring for, and supporting the needs of, children and communities while they collectively recover from the experiences of bushfires and other events. This free event is taking place on Friday 4 June 2021, 11.00 am to 3.30 pm (AEST). Click here to find out more and to register.
Be You Leadership Forums 2021
Following on from the Leading wellbeing with Be you series in 2020, the Be You Leadership Forums are back in 2021 with two forums: Leading the way for resilience on 19 February 2021 and Empowering environments and authentic leadership on 20 May 2021, are especially designed for early childhood and school age care leaders, and will help take your leadership to the next level. Click here to find out more and to register.
Other conferences and events
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Australian Capital Territory
The Early Childhood Australia ACT Branch is pleased to be organising the 2021 Education and Care Awards Gala on Friday 5 November 2021. This event will promote, recognise and celebrate the exceptional work undertaken by the ACT education and care sector. Join us for the award ceremony with a three-course dinner and live entertainment. Click here to find out more about this event and to register.
Guiding Children’s Behaviour: regulation, respect and relationships – this online program, commencing on Monday 31 May 2021, will comprise a series of four webinars supported by an eight-week facilitated Community of Practice (for a small group of participants). The program will focus on dysregulation, co-regulation, and self-regulation; guiding and responding to behaviour; relationships with children, families and professionals; and behaviour as communication, drawing upon trauma informed approaches. Click here to find out more about this complimentary event and to register.
Connecting assessment to practice – this online program, commencing in Term 3, will explore the role and intention of assessment in the early years and investigate high-quality assessment practices with real-world examples from leading Victorian educators. This series of four webinars will focus on the role of assessment in documentation, observation and the teaching and learning cycle. The whole of child approach to assessment will also be explored, including how we make learning visible for children and families. Click here to find out more about this complimentary event and to register.
ECA’s Leadership Program for Victorian Educational Leaders – this offering will provide 220 participants with access to a tailored Victorian cohort of the renowned ECA Leadership Program (from June – December 2021). Educational Leaders will be supported through this six-month self-paced and self-directed program with regular live check-ins, webinars, a suite of high-quality, evidence-based resources aligned to the VEYLDF, and access to contemporary research. Click here to find out more about this complimentary program and to apply.
Wellbeing in changing times: Using evidence to support teachers and educators, a series of three webinars developed by the Victoria Department of Education and Training and Early Childhood Australia. This series of free webinars for educators, focuses on educator wellbeing and is designed for teachers and educators, at any stage of their career, who work with young children. Click here for more details on the series, as well as to access the recordings and resources.
Masterclass on Optimising virtual learning in COVID-19 times. The Victorian Department of Education and Training in partnership with Early Childhood Australia invited Victorian educators to a free masterclass as they were supporting children to continue their learning from home. These professional learning sessions focused on educators who work in three- and four-year-old kindergarten programs and was designed for all teachers and educators, at any stage in their career. Click here for more details on the masterclass, as well as to access the recordings and resources.