Early Childhood Australia Events

  • 2021 ECA National Conference
  • 2021 ECA Reconciliation Connect
  • Be You Leadership Forums 2021
  • AJEC Research Symposium

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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 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.

2021 ECA National Conference

As you’re well aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to limits being imposed on public gatherings and large-scale events are just not possible at this time. The health and safety of our members, delegates, partners and employees is our highest priority. ECA has made the decision to postpone the 2020 conference to next year. Although this is a big disappointment for us, we are excited about the prospect of making the 2021 conference the first big occasion for early childhood professionals to meet and celebrate our sector.

Young Citizens—The right to play, learn and be heard 

The ECA National Conference will be held from Monday 6 September—Thursday 9 September 2021 in Brisbane.

In 2021 we celebrate young children as citizens with rights. Sign up to our newsletter to stay up-to-date.

Find more details about the 2021 ECA National Conference here. And if you are looking for details of the 2019 ECA National Conference in Hobart, the 2019 program or 2019 Conference keynote speakers, click 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 learn more.

A Conversation Series

ECA in partnership with Thrive by Five Conversation Series draws together leading researchers, policy experts, advocates and educators to discuss three of the major issues facing the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector today: systems reform, children’s play and women’s workforce participation. Click here to find out more.

2021 AJEC Research Symposium

The 2021 AJEC Research Symposium took place virtually on 11–12 February 2021. Click here for more information and find AJEC-related blogs on The Spoke including the value of embedding research in educator practice, another on disengagement from learning and a blog on supporting children in complex families.

ECA Events Connect

The Connect Events series will give you interactive and engaging opportunities to stay in touch with other early childhood professionals from across Australia and overseas. Each virtual event—with features such as Q&A, live chat and facilitated group discussions—will be a safe space to connect, converse and reflect on important topics. You can find details of ECA Events Connect series here.

Other conferences and events

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Events by location


The 2020 Self-Reg Summer Symposium has gone online. Join Dr Stuart Shanker, Susan Hopkins, the TMC Team and the Self-Reg community from across Canada and around the world for the 6th annual and first-ever online Self-Reg Summer Symposium: Self-Reg, Equity & Well-Being: VISION 2020

All states and territories

Early Years Twilight Webinar: ‘Infant thinking and theory making – connections to frameworks and documentation’ – Date: Wednesday 28 April, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm

The Australian Women’s Leadership Symposia, 2020, all capital citiesnational series on women leaders in the contemporary workforce. ECA subscribers receive a 25 per cent attendance discount using the code: ANSY20. Multiple dates May to September 2020. Visit www.wla.edu.au for details.


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.

A webinar to support assessment of children’s learning and development and application for a second year of funded four-year-old kindergarten. The Victorian Department of Education and Training in partnership with Early Childhood Australia invited Victorian early childhood educators to a free webinar focussed on the process of applying for a second year of funded kindergarten.  Click here for more details and to access the recording.