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) Claire Wylie
Secretary (Position description) Doreen Blyth
Admin Officer Suzanne Lawrence

Committee Members (Position description)

Anna Targowska
Ralph Southall
Stephanie Jackiewicz
Megan Blackburn
Sandra Hesterman
Jayne Kaiko
Melissa Loffelmann
Sandy Clark
Denise Ansingh
Kate Pitt
Ruth Wallace
Lisa Bevan
Hayley Cann
Isabelle Adams



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

Night out at the Movies with the ECA National CEO Sam Page

Date: Friday, 21 April 2017

Location: Theatre of the State Library of Western Australia This event will feature guest speakers discussing play research and play strategies. Free for ECA members and $5 for non-members.

Address: 25 Francis Street, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth.

ECA WA is hosting NaturePlay – Taking Childhood Back, a film that examines the value of Play in different educational systems and the resulting impact on children’s learning, development and well-being.

After the screening there will be a Q & A session and some opportunity for discussion.

Friends are most welcome so please display the flyer in your lunchroom or send it on to people in your families, workplaces and networks.

Book your Tickets here.

View the flyer here.


Play Grant Night

Individual presentations from the night will be posted there very soon.


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.


2016 Annual General Meeting

You can download the minutes and presidents report from our 2016 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.