Educators receive travel support to attend Early Childhood Australia Conference

Educators receive travel support to attend Early Childhood Australia Conference

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) held their annual conference in Sydney and this year’s theme was 'Be the difference for children and families'.

The event was designed to help emphasise the impact of high-quality early childhood education on children and their families, and to recognise the value of continuing to support educators, teachers and sector leaders by investing in ongoing professional development.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell was a keynote speaker at the event, focussing on enhancing quality in ECE services.

“We know that access to quality early childhood education has a significant positive impact on a child's future, and it is well known that this Government believes that every child should have access to at least 600 hours of quality early childhood education in the year before school,” the Minister said.

“I support the view that teaching and learning should be tailored to the needs of every child, and that the early years provide the foundation for future learning and development for children.“

The department was a conference sponsor this year, providing support for NSW- based educators to attend the conference. Further support was provided for a panel discussion on ethical leadership. The recipients of the travel support were chosen on an expression of interest basis.

Executive Director of the early childhood directorate Tracy Mackey, presented the recently published NSW Families Research, which was also shared with the sector during the September Roadshow.

The CEO of ECA, Samantha Page, acknowledged that the extra support received through sponsorships was an important contributor to the success of this year’s conference.

“Without the generous contributions of our sponsors, the conference would not be such a resounding success. This support is highly valued and allows us to reach individuals from areas of NSW who may not have previously been able to attend an ECA conference,’’ Ms Page said.

Director of Policy, Insight and Engagement, Nancy Chang said that the department acknowledges the importance of professional development opportunities for early childhood educators and the work of ECA in providing these opportunities.

‘By supporting the ECA conference, the NSW government is working to encourage the delivery of quality early childhood services through valuable professional development opportunities for educators and teachers," she said.

The work of ECA is in line with the department's Early Childhood Workforce Strategy which was launched in 2018, which envisions a highly qualified and sustainable early childhood education workforce which meets the needs of all children and their families.

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