The Early Childhood Australia Western Australia Committee offers support, information and forums to early childhood organisations, services, professionals, parents and policy makers about relevant and current issues regarding children, their families and their place in the community.

The Committee has a broad membership from children’s services, early childhood organisations and education and interested people, all of whom share a common desire to provide leadership and advocacy on behalf of children and those that work with children.

WA Play Strategy—Scroll down or click the Quick links bar at the side to find out more about the WA Play Strategy

Our Business
Early Childhood Australia WA has three organisational imperatives which give direction to and focuses its work to achieve its mission.

1. Advocacy
To promote the interests and well being of young children and the people who work with them as broadly and effectively as possible.

2. Leadership
To promote high standards of professionalism that supports and encourages people in leadership roles at all levels.

3. A progressive organisation
To ensure that the organisation has strong directional leadership to enhance the ability to work to achieve the vision and mission and continue to be a leader in the early childhood field and the broader community. As a Committee we will take a leadership role in addressing current issues.

Committee Executive

Chairperson Tanya Steers
General Member Sally Whitaker
General Member Danielle Arrigoni
General Member Wendy Gorman
General Member Amie Fabry
General Member Jayne Kaiko
General Member Sally Griffiths
General Member Linda Santageli
General Member Dimity Franks
General Member Olivia Long 
General Member Amelia Ruscoe
General Member Rosina Smith


Cassie Killham (Admin): ecawa@earlychildhood.org.au
46 Hensman St, South Perth WA 6151 

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ECA WA State Conference 2023

When: Saturday September 2nd
Where: Curtin University
Time: Registration from 8:20 for 8:45am start & 2:50pm finish

Keynote speakers: Professor Pasi Sahlberg, Associate Professor Hayley Christian and Hon. Sabine Winton MLA

Plus hear from researchers, consultants, educators, teachers and leaders presenting on:

  • Children’s perspectives on play
  • Enhancing play-based learning through leadership
  • Play and wellbeing
  • Blending play with curriculum
  • STEM through play
  • Nature Play
  • The adult role in play
  • Children’s agency
  • Embedding indigenous perspectives through storytelling and music
  • Supporting diversity through play

This is an event not to be missed. Check out the full program!

WA Play Strategy

The research is comprehensive and conclusive—play is essential for children’s healthy development across all domains and is also their fundamental right. 

Play-based learning enables children to engage in real-life and imaginary play experiences that challenge thinking, promote communication, inspire creativity and nurture socio-emotional well-being. 

However, there is a growing concern that opportunities for children to learn through play is diminishing, particularly in the early years of schooling. 

Early Childhood Australia (WA), the key advocacy organisation for children from birth to eight years of age in Western Australia, is leading a campaign to raise public awareness on the importance of play and is advocating for a State government-led  WA Play Strategy to reinstate young children’s right to learn through play at school and in the community. 

WA Play Statement Launch

After a long campaign and over 10, 000 endorsements from the public, ECA WA is proud to launch the Statement on Play for WA. We held a launch party alongside our AGM and it was an opportunity to thank those involved and recognise the work that had been done. Please access the statements and use them in your daily practice here: Play Statement booklet and brochure. The statement was launched by the Honorable Colin Pettit (Commissioner for Children and Young People WA) and the full thanks were given by Marcelle Saratsis who was filling in for Sandra Hesterman (Play Committee Chair) who was unfortunately unwell on the evening. Jayne Kaiko presented the document on behalf of the Committee to the children that had been instrumental in the artwork that accompanies the wording and we recognise the work of her class and the Perth Montessori school community who assisted with many elements of the statements development, printing and launch. 

Find out more: Play Statement Booklet and brochure.

Reconciliation Action Plan

To view the ECA WA Committee Reconciliation Action Plan click here.

Reports and Papers

1. 2014 Discussion Paper: A call for high quality early childhood education in the early years of school in Western Australia.

2. 2016 ECA WA Discussion Paper: A Call for a WA Play Strategy in Early Childhood Education and Care