The Early Childhood Australia Western Australia Branch offers support, information and forums to early childhood organisations, services, professionals, parents and policy makers about relevant and current issues regarding children, their families and their place in the community.
The branch has a broad membership from children’s services, early childhood organisations and education and interested people, all of whom share a common desire to provide leadership and advocacy on behalf of children and those that work with children.
WA Play Strategy—Scroll down or click the Quick links bar at the side to find out more about the WA Play Strategy
Early Childhood Australia WA has three organisational imperatives which give direction to and focuses its work to achieve its mission.
To promote the interests and well being of young children and the people who work with them as broadly and effectively as possible.
To promote high standards of professionalism that supports and encourages people in leadership roles at all levels.
3. A progressive organisation
To ensure that the organisation has strong directional leadership to enhance the ability to work to achieve the vision and mission and continue to be a leader in the early childhood field and the broader community. As a branch we will take a leadership role in addressing current issues.
|President (Position description)||Doreen Blyth|
|Vice President (Position description)||Sally Whitaker|
|National Director (Position description)||Wendy Gorman|
|Treasurer (Position description)||Claire Wylie|
|Secretary (Position description)||Stephanie Jackiewicz|
|Administration Officer||Ralph Southall|
Committee Members (Position description)
ECA WA has an administrative officer, Ralph Southall, who is available Tuesdays 10am-2pm. At other times, you can contact us on the below details:
ECA WA Branch
PO Box 786
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WA Play Strategy
The research is comprehensive and conclusive—play is essential for children’s healthy development across all domains and is also their fundamental right.
Play-based learning enables children to engage in real-life and imaginary play experiences that challenge thinking, promote communication, inspire creativity and nurture socio-emotional well-being.
However, there is a growing concern that opportunities for children to learn through play is diminishing, particularly in the early years of schooling.
Early Childhood Australia (WA), the key advocacy organisation for children from birth to eight years of age in Western Australia, is leading a campaign to raise public awareness on the importance of play and is advocating for a State government-led WA Play Strategy to reinstate young children’s right to learn through play at school and in the community.
Reconciliation Action Plan
To view the ECA WA branch Reconciliation Action Plan click here.
Reports and Papers
1. 2014 Discussion Paper: A call for high quality early childhood education in the early years of school in Western Australia.
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