Announcing three new live webinars

Join us online for three new live webinars. Each webinar is facilitated by a leader in early childhood and will provide practical information and strategies on topics suited to these times. During the live webinars, participants will be able to engage with the presenters and ask questions. Sessions will run for one hour to one and a half hours with Q&A.

All webinars are free for ECA Learning Hub annual subscribers, or $38.50 for non-subscribers.

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An ECA Learning Hub Annual Subscription provides access to the ECA Learning Hub online professional development. Institutions, services or individuals pay an annual fee to access our Learning Management System. Find more information here.  Not sure if you’re an ECA Learning Hub Annual Subscriber? Contact your management team.

While ECA members are able to access some professional learning modules or webinars on the ECA Learning Hub as a part of their membership, an ECA Learning Hub Annual Subscription is not included as a part of our membership benefits.

Risk and reward: the benefits of considering improvement and sustainability in risk management

Presented by Ian Alchin

Leading and managing children’s services requires a broad range of skills, including identifying and managing risk across multiple areas of operation that includes, but is not limited to, the National Quality Framework. While the NQF is helpful in outlining areas where it is important to pay attention, particularly in regard to children’s wellbeing and learning, it does not address the broader organisational risks associated with operating a children’s service and outcomes for children and families. These include the sustainability of the service, it’s compliance with employment, financial, governance and legal obligations.

What is not well recognised is the contribution effective risk management makes to people having confidence in meeting the responsibilities of their role and supporting the principles and goals of the service or organisation.

Managing risk well enables people to engage with others unhindered by uncertainty, through having a clear understanding of what is expected and their role within a team. Risk management is more than just compliance; it is a shared responsibility that benefits everyone in the service by providing a secure platform for people to work towards shared goals. It supports being responsive and adaptable to the changing circumstances and the challenges that arise in the sector.

Date: Friday 8th May 2020

Time: 12pm – 1.30pm AEST (Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne)

Duration: 90 minutes

Price: $38.50 or free for ECA Learning Hub annual subscribers


Sustaining relationships through remote learning

Presented by Professor Susan Edwards, Daniel Donahoo, and Dr Karen McLean

Early childhood educators, children and their families use the internet and networked technologies in their daily lives. However, children’s play-based learning in early childhood education has traditionally occurred in the physical environment of the early childhood setting. The current COVID-19 situation places unprecedented expectations on early childhood educators to provide play-based learning using the internet and networked technologies. In this webinar Professor Susan Edwards, Daniel Donahoo and Dr Karen McLean unpack some of the barriers and enablers facing early childhood educators, young children (birth to age five) and their families in the provision of play-based remote learning for COVID-19.

This webinar aims to promote conversation and collaboration. It unpacks important relationships for young children’s learning and development through play and considers how these may be nurtured and sustained through remote learning. It looks at the educator, caregiver and child triad known to be important in early childhood education and considers this in relation to Standard 6.1: Supportive relationships with families and Standard 1.2: Practice.

Date: Tuesday 28th April 2020

Time: 4pm – 5pm AEST (Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne)

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $38.50 or free for ECA Learning Hub annual subscribers


The art of leading in challenging times: Refining the practice of guiding and inspiring others when the going gets tough

Presented by Catharine Hydon

Leading others is a sophisticated process. Leaders nurture teams into a secure sense of belonging and certainty while inviting them to leap into new areas. They must be actively open to the lively exchange of ideas but can make clear and non-negotiable decisions when the need arises. This can be complex and challenging.

Additionally, in the landscape of quality children’s education and care effective leaders are increasingly understood as indispensable and pivotal in delivering outcomes to children families and educators.

If this was true for the ordinary practice of children service delivery in Australian in 2019, then what is required of leaders in the turbulent times of 2020? While none of us imagined we would lead children services through such uncertain times – it is exactly what we find ourselves doing. Adopting a day-by-day approach and trying to focus on our purpose.

Drawing on ECA Leadership Framework and the ECA Code of Ethics this webinar will take another look the key element that contribute to effective leadership in understand them for challenging times. Designed for those who are in leading roles and those who seek to understand the process of effective leadership, this presentation will invite participants to consider practice that strengthen teams for the long haul while maintaining a focus on our core role – enhancing children’s learning.

Date: Thursday 30th April 2020

Time: 10.30am – 11.30am AEST (Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne)

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $38.50 or free for ECA Learning Hub annual subscribers

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