25 & 26 May 2018 – Caulfield Racecourse

Brought to you by ELAA and Gowrie Victoria with our Gold Sponsor, the Victorian Department of Education and Training, the Conference covers a huge range of topics from the latest in advocacy to advance our sector to national early learning policy, research and best practice. There’s also:

Largest program in the Conference’s history

This year’s Early Childhood Education Conference is the biggest yet with 78 presentations on offer. With a theme of Our Children – Our Communities some of the many highlights include:

Keynote Speaker

The Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Conference will be Children’s Ground CEO, Jane Vadiveloo. Jane’s work and background in leading advocacy, reform and service provision for First Nations children and communities complements the 2018 Conference Theme Our Children – Our Communities.

Jane Vadiveloo’s biography:

Jane Vadiveloo is the founding CEO of Children’s Ground. She has a Masters in Forensic Psychology and has a 20-year history leading reform and services provision with communities experiencing extreme disadvantage and trauma. She has lived in the Northern Territory for 19 years and has over 30 year connections with Arrernte people in Central Australia. In 2000 they founded Akeyulerre, one of the first organisations based on First Nations knowledge systems in traditional healing and wellbeing. She has worked with children, families and communities at high risk, establishing strength and justice based approaches to achieve long term change. She has worked with William Tilmouth for 15 years, culminating in the foundation and direction of Children’s Ground. Children’s Ground was created as a 25 year approach to ensure that future generations of children are afforded equity, access and justice to determine their futures – to have quality education, health, social and economic opportunities that privilege their first culture within a global context. Jane has consulted to Virgin Unite, the Northern Territory and Federal Governments, and Aboriginal Organisations in the Northern Territory. Jane was one of the Westpac Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence in 2014.

Concurrent Sessions

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Don’t miss out on this premier professional development event for the Early Childhood Education and Care sector!