Early Childhood Australia Events

  • 2021 ECA National Conference
  • 2021 ECA Reconciliation Connect
  • 2021 Education and Care Awards Gala
  • Department of Education and Training (Vic)

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2022 AJEC Research Symposium

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is pleased to announce the 2022 AJEC Research Symposium Embracing challenge: Research in early childhood, will convene virtually on 10–11 February 2022. Click here for more information.

2022 ECA National Conference

Passion to power: Our future profession

The ECA National Conference will be hosted in Canberra on 5–8 October 2022.

As we gather in Canberra, the seat of government, it is timely to reflect on how far we, as early childhood professionals, have come—from the visionary and passionate women of the 1920s to the competent and qualified educators of the 2020s—and where we hope to go next. Now is the time to design and plan our future. Let’s consider how we can move beyond just being viewed as ‘essential workers’ and position ourselves as thought leaders and powerbrokers.

Find more details about the 2022 ECA National Conference here.

2022 ECA Reconciliation Symposium

As part of our ongoing commitment to acknowledging reconciliation in the early years, ECA will be hosting the 2022 Reconciliation Symposium at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, Northern Territory, May 2022 to explore reconciliation within the sector. Click here to subscribe to the events newsletter and learn more.

2021 ECA Reconciliation Connect

As part of our ongoing commitment to promoting reconciliation in the early years, Early Childhood Australia (ECA) warmly welcomes you to be part of our online event: 2021 ECA Reconciliation Connect on Friday 14 May 2021. Attendees of this innovative online event will learn about a culture dating back more than 40 000 years and hear from engaging keynotes and participating in interactive breakout sessions that will promote dialogue, understanding and engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants. Click here to find out more about the event.

Be You Bushfire Response Program: Revitalise in recovery

Revitalise in recovery is a forum for early learning and school age care setting leaders and educators who are caring for, and supporting the needs of, children and communities while they collectively recover from the experiences of bushfires and other events. This free event is taking place on Friday 4 June 2021, 11.00 am to 3.30 pm (AEST). Click here to find out more and to register.

Be You Leadership Forums 2021

Following on from the Leading wellbeing with Be you series in 2020, the Be You Leadership Forums are back in 2021 with two forums: Leading the way for resilience on 19 February 2021 and Empowering environments and authentic leadership on 20 May 2021, are especially designed for early childhood and school age care leaders, and will help take your leadership to the next level. Click here to find out more and to register.

Other conferences and events

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Events by location

All states and territories

Australian Capital Territory

The Early Childhood Australia ACT Branch is pleased to be organising the 2022 Education and Care Awards Gala on Friday 30 September 2022. This event will promote, recognise and celebrate the exceptional work undertaken by the ACT education and care sector. Join us for the award ceremony with a three-course dinner and live entertainment. Click here to find out more about this event and to register.



Purpose and Professionalism: Supporting career longevity in ECEC – Beginning Monday 18 October, this series of two webinars will explore research and practice as we focus on supporting educators across our sector. Drawing on a balance of research and experience, these sessions will navigate current and effective strategies that build our workforce. Click here to find out more about this complimentary event and to register

Guiding Children’s Behaviour: regulation, respect and relationships – this online program, commencing on Monday 31 May 2021, will comprise a series of four webinars supported by an eight-week facilitated Community of Practice (for a small group of participants). The program will focus on dysregulation, co-regulation, and self-regulation; guiding and responding to behaviour; relationships with children, families and professionals; and behaviour as communication, drawing upon trauma informed approaches. Click here to find out more about this complimentary event and to register.

Connecting assessment to practice – this online program, commencing in Term 3, will explore the role and intention of assessment in the early years and investigate high-quality assessment practices with real-world examples from leading Victorian educators. This series of four webinars will focus on the role of assessment in documentation, observation and the teaching and learning cycle. The whole of child approach to assessment will also be explored, including how we make learning visible for children and families. Click here to find out more about this complimentary event and to register.

ECA’s Leadership Program for Victorian Educational Leaders – this offering will provide 220 participants with access to a tailored Victorian cohort of the renowned ECA Leadership Program (from June – December 2021). Educational Leaders will be supported through this six-month self-paced and self-directed program with regular live check-ins, webinars, a suite of high-quality, evidence-based resources aligned to the VEYLDF, and access to contemporary research. Click here to find out more about this complimentary program and to apply.


Wellbeing in changing times: Using evidence to support teachers and educators, a series of three webinars developed by the Victoria Department of Education and Training and Early Childhood Australia. This series of free webinars for educators, focuses on educator wellbeing and is designed for teachers and educators, at any stage of their career, who work with young children. Click here for more details on the series, as well as to access the recordings and resources.

Masterclass on Optimising virtual learning in COVID-19 times. The Victorian Department of Education and Training in partnership with Early Childhood Australia invited Victorian educators to a free masterclass as they were supporting children to continue their learning from home. These professional learning sessions focused on educators who work in three- and four-year-old kindergarten programs and was designed for all teachers and educators, at any stage in their career. Click here for more details on the masterclass, as well as to access the recordings and resources.