Early Childhood Australia Events

    • 2024 ECA National Conference
    • International Day of Play: The right of every child
    • Pre-Election Forum on Early Childhood Education and Care in the NT
    • ECA Colloquia on Leadership and Ethics logo

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International Day of Play: The right of every child

In celebration of the inaugural International Day of Play, Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is pleased to host the Lego Group and Play Australia for an engaging webinar on the critical importance of play in children’s development.

On Tuesday  Samantha Page, ECA; Robyn Monro Miller AM, Play Australia; Catharina Sørensen, the LEGO Group: and Emma Watkins, LEGO Play Ambassador, explored the profound impact of play in children’s lives and delve into insights from ECA’s Statement on Play.

To learn more about the International Day of Play: The right of every child webinar or watch the recording click here.


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 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 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.

Find more details about the 2024 AJEC Research Symposium here.


Other conferences and events

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Northern Territory

Pre-Election Forum on Early Childhood Education and Care in the NT

The NT Committee of Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is hosting a Pre-Election Forum on Early Childhood Education and Care in the Northern Territory at Darwin Parliament House on Tuesday 30 July 2024, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm ACST.

ECA has invited candidates with an interest in early childhood education and care to participate in a panel discussion about their policies and election commitments relevant to young children, families and early childhood educators.

To learn more about the Pre-Election Forum on Early Childhood Education and Care in the Northern Territory click here.