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.

Our Business

Early Childhood Australia WA has three organisational imperatives which give direction to and focuses its work to achieve its mission.

1. Advocacy

To promote the interests and well being of young children and the people who work with them as broadly and effectively as possible.

2. Leadership

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.

Branch Executive

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)

Anna Targowska
Ralph Southall
Sandra Hesterman
Jayne Kaiko
Sandy Clark
Kate Pitt
Ruth Wallace
Hayley Cann
Isabelle Adams
Marcelle Saratsis
Denise Clarke
Margaret Owens


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:

e: ecawa@earlychildhood.org.au

ECA WA Branch
PO Box 786
Mount Lawley
WA 6929


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Save children’s play in WA pre-primary classrooms—endorse the campaign for a WA Play Strategy 

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.

2. 2016 Discussion Paper: A Call for a Western Australian Play Strategy in Early Childhood Education and Care.

This paper has been written in response to the growing concerns from educators of children in the early years of school (kindergarten to year 2) and university teacher educators who are experiencing first-hand a rapid increase in the formalisation of the early years of schooling in many classrooms in Western Australia (The West Australian, 2013). The discussion paper is presented by the Alliance for High Quality Education in the Early Years of Schooling.