ECLD2023 wrapped up

13 Feb 2024
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Held at Optus Stadium, the Early Childhood Learning & Development Conference brought together some of the most exciting minds in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector for a program of masterclasses, awards, professional development and networking opportunities.

The sold out conference hosted over 700 attendees, who came together to hear from prominent voices from the ECEC sector including Angus Gorrie, Dr Leanne Gibbs, Rabia Siddique and Robbie Figg, along with a number of engaging breakout sessions covering topics such as healing relational trauma through play, integrating goals for children with autism into the early years framework and helping children to be active global citizens.

With an opening address from the Federal Minister for Early Childhood Education, Hon Dr Anne Aly MP, the tone for the day was set – every single person plays an integral role for the children of Western Australia. Dr Aly praised the dedication, passion and commitment from everyone in the ECEC sector, whilst acknowledging the challenges being faced.

Tina Holtom, Child Australia CEO said “That’s what this day is all about. We are truly grateful that together we can nurture the professional development experience for our sector professionals so that they can continue to grow, change and thrive so that they can be their absolute best for the children in their care.”

“The ECLD Conference events were an overwhelming success,” said Ms Holtom.

“From centre tours to masterclasses spanning several days, there was something for everyone. The highlight for me was to recognise and celebrate our sector’s finest at the Awards evening and then come together the following day at the Conference to provide the 700+ strong crowd with inspiring, thought-provoking, and practical learning opportunities.”

“We know that the energy across the ECEC sector has been positively lifted with so many delegates sharing that they felt truly reinvigorated and ready to add to their professional toolkit, which we know will ultimately improve outcomes for all of the children they work with everyday.”

Did you miss out on the day? We are offering a FREE webcast of Rabia Siddique’s keynote presentation “The Power of One (Leadership)”. Her captivating keynote was a huge highlight for many attendees, one that was inspiring, thought provoking and extremely moving.

Other webcasts now available for purchase include A Profession in Crisis and Leading as a Practice with Dr Leanne Gibbs, Robbie Figg on Happiness in the Workplace, Insights in the Pedagogical Practices: Play and Dance and Empowering Children in an Ever Changing World

Photos from the day can be viewed on the ECLD website here.

To read more about Dr Anne Aly’s address, visit The Sector to read the article.