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ECA Events Connect

You can find details of more ECA Events Connect series scheduled for later in 2020 here including Connect with ECA’s Ethics in Action on Friday 21 August 2020. Book now.

Future connect events include Connect with curriculum, pedagogy and play (September) and Connect with stories and storytelling (October).

2021 ECA National Conference

As you’re well aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to limits being imposed on public gatherings and large-scale events are just not possible at this time. The health and safety of our members, delegates, partners and employees is our highest priority. ECA has made the decision to postpone the 2020 conference to next year. Although this is a big disappointment for us, we are excited about the prospect of making the 2021 conference the first big occasion for early childhood professionals to meet and celebrate our sector.

Young Citizens—The right to play, learn and be heard 

The ECA National Conference will be held from 21–24 April 2021 in Brisbane.

In 2021 we celebrate young children as citizens with rights. Sign up to our newsletter to stay up-to-date.

Find more details about the 2021 ECA National Conference here. And if you are looking for details of the recent 2019 ECA National Conference in Hobart, the 2019 program or 2019 Conference keynote speakers, click here.

2021 ECA Reconciliation Symposium

As a consequence of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Early Childhood Australia made the decision to postpone our 2020 Reconciliation Symposium. We are committed to running it next year as part of our ongoing commitment to acknowledging reconciliation in the early years.  ECA will be hosting the 2021 Reconciliation Symposium at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, Northern Territory, 14–15 May 2021 to explore reconciliation within the sector. Click here to learn more.

2020 AJEC Research Symposium

The 2020 AJEC Research Symposium was held 13–14 February 2020 in Sydney, New South Wales. 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.

2020 ECA Reconciliation Connect

As part of our ongoing commitment to promoting reconciliation ECA held a new online event: 2020 ECA Reconciliation Connect on Friday 15 May 2020. Attendees of this innovative online event learned about a culture dating back more than 40 000 years and heard 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, or click here if you were a participant and want to watch the recordings. Participants can continue the discussion and share resources on ECA’s closed Facebook Group ECA Reconciliation Champions.

Other conferences and events

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Events by location


The 2020 Self-Reg Summer Symposium has gone online. Join Dr Stuart Shanker, Susan Hopkins, the TMC Team and the Self-Reg community from across Canada and around the world for the 6th annual and first-ever online Self-Reg Summer Symposium: Self-Reg, Equity & Well-Being: VISION 2020

All states and territories

The Australian Women’s Leadership Symposia, 2020, all capital citiesnational series on women leaders in the contemporary workforce. ECA subscribers receive a 25 per cent attendance discount using the code: ANSY20. Multiple dates May to September 2020. Visit www.wla.edu.au for details.


World Association for Infant Mental Health 2020 Congress, 7 – 11 June 2020.


Wellbeing Webinar Series, three webinars, starting Monday 22 June 2020, 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 and to register for the first one ‘Wellbeing and Positive Psychology’ click here.

Masterclass on Optimising virtual learning in COVID-19 times, starting Friday 14 August 2020. The Victorian Department of Education and Training in partnership with Early Childhood Australia invite Victorian educators to a free masterclass as they support children to continue their learning from home. These professional learning sessions focus on educators who work in three- and four-year-old kindergarten programs and have been designed for all teachers and educators, at any stage in their career. Click here for more details on the masterclass and to register.