Branches are an integral part of Early Childhood Australia; they help identify issues and priorities for state and national action, and influence policies concerning young children.

The Tasmania Branch of Early Childhood Australia is the peak organisation in Tasmania which is a voice for young children from birth to 8 years of age.

The Tasmania Branch is also a great source of professional support for members, with great networking opportunities.

Branch Executive

President Jo Walsh
Vice President Kathryn Laing
National Board Director Kellie Watson
Secretary Sherylyn Brakey
Treasurer Ros Cornish
Public Officer Kate Whitbread

Committee Members

Mel Reid-Prewer
Annette Barwick
Lynne Moran
Trevor Brown
Fiona Morley


t: 03 6225 3954
e: ecatas@earlychildhood.org.au

PO Box 306
Sandy Bay
Tasmania 7006

Upcoming Events

Please check back soon for upcoming events in 2018.


The ECA Tas branch publishes a quarterly newsletter which goes to ECA Tasmanian members, developed by our newsletter subcommittee. Click below to view previous newsletters:

Branch Meetings

Statewide meetings commence at 10.30 am and generally finish at around 3.00 pm. Lunch is available for purchase and guest speakers form an integral part of the agenda.

Next meetings:

  • State-wide Meeting Thursday 28 June 2018 10:00am-3:00pm at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, Hobart.
  • State-wide Meeting & AGM Thursday 23 August 2018 AGM 10:00-11:00am & Meeting 11:00am – 3:00pm at the Punchbowl Christian Centre , 100 Punchbowl Road, Launceston
  • State-wide Meeting Thursday 15 November 2018 10:00am-3:00pm at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, Hobart.

Regional Meetings are held approximately four (4) times a year. Email ecatas@earlychildhood.org.au for further information on dates and times in your region.

Executive Committee meetings are facilitated regularly. Working groups are formed to lead projects relevant to the Education and Care Sector.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Click here to download the ECA Tas branch 2014-2015 Reconciliation Action Plan.

ECA Tasmania Branch Fact Sheet in response to Tasmanian Government’s proposal to lower the school starting age

Please find attached ECA Tasmania’s fact sheet regarding proposals to lower the school starting age. 

RTO Guiding Principles for Support

As the peak organisation for education and care in Tasmania, Early Childhood Australia – Tasmania Branch is a key stakeholder in respect of organisations/agencies seeking a range of opportunities to engage with or gain endorsement from the Branch.

This has increased in recent times with external agencies/organisations seeking support from ECA to be identified as a supporter for tenders and funding grants.
For organisations/agencies seeking to engage with ECA Tasmania, please refer to this document. 

Skills Plan

The Early Childhood Education and Care and School Aged Care Skills Plan 2012 -2016 has been developed by Early Childhood Australia Tasmania Branch (ECA Tasmania) on behalf of all Tasmanian early childhood education and care (ECEC) and school aged care (SAC) services. The Skills Plan gives all services a fantastic opportunity to work collaboratively with Registered Training Oorganisations through a Training and Development Roundtable to identify training gaps and to ensure the delivery of quality skill development opportunities, which will assist ECEC and SAC services to meet the staffing and qualification requirements of the National Quality Reform Agenda (NQA) by 2014.

All resources and support materials that are associated with work being undertaken as part of the Skills Plan can be found on the Skills Plan Website.

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