Spotlight on NSW for ACEL conference

Spotlight on NSW for ACEL conference

Services, providers and sector representatives are invited to register for the 3rd annual ACEL Early Childhood Conference in Sydney on 9 - 10 August.

This year’s theme is “From Child To Citizen” with keynote speakers to include:

  • Pasi Sahlberg, Finnish Educator, Author & Scholar
  • Sue Dockett, Adjunct Professor of Early Childhood, CSU
  • Nathan Wallis, Neuroscience Educator
  • Rachel Cowper, Leader Inspiring Scotland
  • Michael Rich, Founder & Director of the Centre on Media & Child Health

The NSW Department of Education is the major partner of this event in 2018 and 2019.

Tracy Mackey, Executive Director of Early Childhood Education, said the department looks forward to further strengthening its relationship with the sector through knowledge sharing at this event.

“This is the first time the conference will be held in NSW, and it provides us with a great opportunity to profile NSW leadership in the delivery, support and development of educational excellence in the early childhood sector,” Tracy said.

“Our focus through this conference will be to work together with the sector to share and consolidate thinking around key themes including: participation and equality, workforce and leadership, supporting vulnerable children, and growing business management skills,” Tracy added.

The conference will enable ECE professionals, as well as those in the primary and secondary education teaching sectors, to explore relevant and contemporary issues such as supporting children’s holistic development and preparing them for their transition to primary school.

Topics on the agenda for the conference include:

  • developing professional teaching and administrative staff in the early childhood sector
  • understanding and discussing new research in early childhood learning and teaching
  • leading early childhood pedagogy
  • creating positive relationships with children, families, staff, services and local groups
  • guiding and transitioning young children from early childhood to feeder primary schools, secondary schools and other learning communities
  • preparing children for their learning pathway from child to citizen in the contemporary context

For further details including how to register, please visit the ACEL website or contact



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