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) Marcelle Saratsis
Vice President  (Position description) Sally Whitaker
National Director (Position description) Wendy Gorman
Treasurer (Position description) Position Vacant
Secretary (Position description) Pauline Roberts

Committee Members (Position description)

Denise Ansingh
Megan Blackburn
Sandy Clark
Sandra Hesterman
Stephanie Jackiewicz
Jayne Kaiko
Suzanne Lawrence
Melissa Loffelmann
Kate Pitt
Pauline Roberts
Ralph Southall
Anna Targowska
Claire Wylie


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 – (Ngala) 275 Abernethy Road, Cloverdale
PO Box 1023


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Upcoming Events

Play Grant Recipient’s Presentation Night: Tuesday 21 February 2017 at NGALA 275 Abernethy Road, Cloverdale. This event will feature guest speakers discussing play research and play strategies. Free for ECA members and $5 for non-members.

View the invitation here.

Please rsvp to ecawa@earlychildhood.org.au by 17 February.

Branch Meetings

All branch meetings are held at Ngala, 275 Abernethy Road, Belmont from 6.30- 8.00 pm.

At the committee meetings we progress the strategic aims of the branch and National Office. The Branch meetings are usually discussions, topics or talks based around the branches advocacy work so that members have input and are informed.

2015 Annual General Meeting

You can download the minutes and presidents report from our 2015 AGM below.


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.