Child Australia is proud to announce the 2013 WA Early Childhood Education & Care Conference “Wheels in Motion” to be held October 26-27 2013.

There is much to celebrate as the wheels of reform in early childhood education and care gain momentum and the sector embrace new benchmarks in delivering quality early childhood education and care in Australia. Critical impetus is now being achieved through the implementation of the National Quality Framework, The Early Years Learning Framework and the Framework for School Age Care into practice.

The 2013 Conference also provides a timely opportunity to acknowledge those who set change in motion; the leaders within our field, the pioneers who fought over decades for the importance of the early years and the need for educators, academics, policy makers, community and families to work collaboratively to ensure children have the best start in life.

The stage is now set to further progress professionalization of the childcare sector; close the gap between care and education in order to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transition to school; and advance a holistic, integrated early childhood system.

Built around four themes reflecting the child at the centre of effective early childhood education and care, the 2013 WA Early Childhood Education & Care Conference “Wheels in Motion” will present delegates with latest research in early childhood development and outstanding learning opportunities through a variety of workshops and presentations.

International and national keynote speakers will deliver latest findings on:

  1. Engaging Families and Community: Encouraging parents as children’s first teachers. Teaching innovative ways to effectively engage the community, families and parents as partners in their children’s learning and development.
  2. Pedagogical Quality: How do we integrate the principles of the National Quality Standards, the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian National Curriculum into everyday practice? What does good practice look, sound and feel like in the early years context?
  3. Integration and Collaboration: What does a culture of collaboration and integration really mean and how do they relate to, and support, good practice?
  4. Leadership: Leadership is central to creating quality learning environments. Now that the sector has reached its first benchmark, we will reflect on past leadership and consider the role of leadership in moving forward. What will leadership look like in 5 years?

The 2013 WA Early Childhood, Education & Care Conference “Wheels in Motion” will celebrate past achievement and embrace future challenges in the ongoing journey toward delivering an effective, integrated early childhood system. It is a not to be missed professional learning opportunity for early childhood educators, teachers, government, family day care providers, researchers, policy makers and stakeholders.

Dawson Ruhl
Chief Executive Officer – Child Australia