Early Childhood Australia Events

    • 2023 ECA National Conference
    • ECA Colloquia on Leadership and Ethics logo
    • Reconciliation Symposium
    • AJEC Research Symposium

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2023 ECA National Conference

Kumarninthi—Becoming one: Old ways, new wisdom 

The ECA National Conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia, from Wednesday 4 October to Saturday 7 October 2023.

The theme title reinforces that although we still hold on to and value old ways, theoretical perspectives and knowledge, there is and can be a contemporary approach to implementing this into new wisdom and becoming one.

Kumarninthi means ‘becoming one’ and comes from the South Australian Kaurna people. By using the Kaurna language in our conference theme we pay our respect to the Kaurna heritage and people of Adelaide and the Adelaide Plains.

Applications to present at the 2023 Conference close on 25 January 2023—apply here!

To register, or to find out more details about the 2023 ECA National Conference click here.

2023 AJEC Research Symposium

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is pleased to announce the 2023 AJEC Research Symposium Early childhood knowledges, generations and time, will convene virtually on 9–10 February 2023. The 2023 AJEC Research Symposium theme invites contributions, including the research, voices, stories and experiences of early childhood researchers and workforce professionals engaging with young children, their families, communities, educators and allied professionals.

Find more details about the 2023 AJEC Research Symposium here.

2023 ECA Reconciliation Symposium

As part of our ongoing commitment to acknowledging reconciliation in the early years, ECA will host the 2023 Reconciliation Symposium in Hobart, Tasmania, 9–10 June 2023 to explore reconciliation within the sector. Click here to learn more.

Other conferences and events

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Events by location

All states and territories

Australian Capital Territory

The Early Childhood Australia ACT Committee 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.

Northern Territory

Join Early Childhood Australia for a virtual workshop or in-person masterclass on reconciliation in action. Designed to support educators at different stages of their reconciliation journey, these workshops will assist in authentically embedding contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into everyday practice. Click here to find out more about this event and to register.

South Australia

ECA’s South Australia Executive Committee is excited to offer the Ethics in Action: Dialogue with Catharine Hydon at selected sites and via remote learning for members and colleagues across the state. The three-part dialogue will explore the fundamental elements and practical applications of the ECA Ethics in Action implementation guide. Click here to find out more about this event and to register.



Can you see the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Outcomes in your practice?5:30 pm AEDT Thursday 23 February 2023 Filmed on location in two early learning services in Victoria, this video introduces and explains the five Victorian Early Years Learning and Development outcomes and provides a visual narrative of what these outcomes look like in everyday practice. Click here to find out more about this complimentary event.


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

Guiding Children’s Behaviour: regulation, respect and relationships – this online program comprised a series of four webinars supported by an eight-week facilitated Community of Practice (for a small group of participants). The program focused 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..

Connecting assessment to practice – this online program explored 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 focused on the role of assessment in documentation, observation and the teaching and learning cycle. The whole of child approach to assessment was also explored, including how we make learning visible for children and families. Click here to find out more about this complimentary event..

ECA’s Leadership Program for Victorian Educational Leaders – this offering provided 220 participants with access to a tailored Victorian cohort of the renowned ECA Leadership Program (from June – December 2021). Educational Leaders were 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..