Early Childhood Australia NSW is a volunteer run organisation promoting the voice for young children and supporting professionals working in the field of early childhood education. Members of the Executive come from different organisation representing community based, private centres, family day care, outside school hours care services, training organisations, consultants and universities.

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Branch Executive

Name Position
Carol Burgess President
Natalie Grenfell Vice President/Treasurer
Tracey Dooner Secretary
Laura Sportelli Executive
Merise Bickley Executive
Ian Alchin Executive
Gabby Holden Executive
Jan Langtry Executive
Chris Legg Executive
Anita Jovanovski Executive
Marina Papic Executive

Regional Representatives

Name Position
Amanda Holt Hunter
Linda Windley Illawarra/South Coast
Tracey Dooner New England
Tracey Snow Riverina
Katie Pennant Far North Coast
Kelly Tribolet Bathurst Region
Selma Wastell Central Coast
Julia Ham Virtual Office Manager

Current positions available 

Contact Liaison Officer—Be You Bushfire Response Project—Illawarra-Shoalhaven Region

We are seeking applications a full-time Be You Bushfire Recovery Contact Liaison Officer. This position is fixed term from appointment until June 30, 2021.

The Bushfire Response Program identifies thirteen bushfire affected Regions, with the position required to be place based. The position is located in Illawarra-Shoalhaven, Southern New South Wales.

The Bushfire Response Program has established a new workforce in addition to the existing national team of Be You Consultants. Be You Bushfire Response Contact Liaison Officers will support Early Learning Services in bushfire impacted regions to provide a Model of Recovery, together with the Be You Initiative Consultants.

Be You promotes mental health and wellbeing, from the early years to 18, and offers future and current educators and learning communities evidence-based online professional learning, complemented by a range of tools and resources to turn learning into action. Be You empowers educators, helping them to develop valuable mental health skills and knowledge, while also providing an effective model for implementing a whole-learning community approach to mental health and wellbeing.

To be successful in this role you will have a proven track record in training mentoring for early learning services with some knowledge of mental health promotion and prevention.

Early Childhood Australia is seeking a person with in depth knowledge of the early childhood education and care sector. You will possess a high level of self-motivation and initiative, adopt a team-focus and be committed to meeting project deliverables.

Access the full position description here.

Application process: To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter addressing the selection criteria to: Employment@earlychildhood.org.au

Applications close: 9:00am Monday 3 August 2020


e: office@nsw.earlychildhood.org.au

p: 0429 779 039

Annual reports

Branch Constitution

ECA NSW Constitution May 2016

Committees with Branch Representation

The NSW Branch is involved in many committees and activities to achieve quality, social justice and equity in all issues relating to the education and care of children from birth to eight years. This includes:

  • Professional Experience Council
  • TAFE Industry Reference Group
  • NESA Curriculum committee
  • NSW Children’s Services Forum
  • ECE advisory group
  • NESA Teacher Accreditation
  • Community Services and Health ITAB—Children’s Services forum
  • Transition to school committee
  • NESA Creative Arts Board Curriculum

Professional Experience Council

Members of The Early Childhood Professional Experience Council (New South Wales) view professional experience as an integral component of coherent early childhood professional preparation programs. Members are representatives from universities, Department of Education and Communities (including TAFE New South Wales), employing bodies, RTO’s and relevant organisations who are involved in planning and supporting early childhood professional preparation undertaken by students. The PEC works in association with ECA New South Wales Branch for the benefit of all stakeholders in early childhood education.  The purpose of the PEC is to bring together members who contribute to discussion about early childhood professional experience from diverse perspectives, and who work in collaboration to generate shared understandings and take appropriate action for the benefit of all those involved in early childhood professional experience.


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Please find attached below a series of ECA NSW policies that you can download.