Early Childhood Australia Events

    • 2022 ECA National Conference
    • ECA Colloquia on Leadership and Ethics logo
    • ACT 2022 Education and Care Awards Gala
    • AJEC Research Symposium

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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.

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.

2022 ECA Reconciliation Symposium

As part of our ongoing commitment to acknowledging reconciliation in the early years, ECA hosted the 2022 Reconciliation Symposium at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, Northern Territory, 6–7 May 2022 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.



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..