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.
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|
|Admin Officer||Suzanne Lawrence|
Committee Members (Position description)
ECA WA has an administrative officer, Suzanne Lawrence 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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Save children’s play in WA pre-primary classrooms—endorse the campaign for a WA Play Strategy
|Play-based learning is disappearing from children’s lives|
This is particularly the case in West Australia’s kindergarten and pre-primary classrooms and there is now an urgent need to develop a WA Play Strategy to safeguard young children’s right to play.
The WA branch of Early Childhood Australia (ECA WA), the key advocacy group for children from birth to eight years of age, is leading a national initiative by pursuing the development of a WA play strategy. ECAWA is seeking YOUR support to launch this important initiative.
A discussion paper written in 2016 (accessible below both as a summary and full paper) identifies the serious concerns expressed by those working with young children about the erosion of play.
The paper highlights the clear policy benefits of developing a play strategy.
ECA WA and other key WA advocacy groups believe that such a strategy will elevate the status of play in young children’s learning and development.
The WA Play Strategy initiative aims to deliver a State Government-lead play strategy similar to what is now established in Scotland: https://soscn.org/policy/national_play_strategy
Your individual endorsement will provide significant influence towards achieving this goal.
There is no financial contribution just agreement in principle that this initiative has merit.
To endorse NOW please proceed to the ‘endorsement’ link below so ECA WA can provide evidence of cross-community support for the initiative.
Please circulate this link widely to other Western Australians who support the child’s right to child-initiated and self-directed play-based learning. For further information please email Early Childhood Australia (WA Branch)
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.