Early Childhood Australia Events
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2024 ECA Reconciliation Symposium
As part of our ongoing commitment to acknowledging reconciliation in the early years, ECA hosted the 2024 Reconciliation Symposium in Canberra, Ngunnawal Country, 3–4 May 2024 to explore reconciliation within the sector. Click here to learn more.
2024 ECA National Conference
Realising the Vision: an integrated future for the early years
The ECA National Conference was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, from Tuesday 17 September to Friday 20 September 2024.
The early years are at the forefront of policy debate and reform across Australia and globally. This is an extraordinary ‘moment in time’ to shape the future—to build a universal platform for early childhood education and care, to stabilise and recognise the early childhood workforce, and to better integrate supports for both children and families across allied health, social services and major service systems such as the NDIS . It is critical that reform is driven by a clear vision that puts children at the centre of policy and service design. It is also important that the early childhood profession is actively engaged in both decision-making and implementation.
We are also on the cusp of creating a reconciled nation that recognises, values and celebrates the enduring strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and identities. The early childhood sector has an important role in this—through embracing cultural responsiveness and inclusive practice to foster children’s connection to culture and identity, while also forming respectful partnerships to empower First Nations communities and families.
To learn more about the 2024 ECA National Conference click here.
2024 AJEC Research Symposium
The 2024 AJEC Research Symposium, Listening, empowering and innovating, convened virtually on 8–9 February 2024. Through the theme of ‘Listening, empowering and innovating’, we invite researchers, policymakers and early years professionals to considered how research, theories, practices and methodologies are designed and enacted alongside children and other stakeholders to recognise where they are in the world.
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