Thank you for attending ECLD17!

On behalf of Child Australia and the ECLD17 Organising Committee we would like to thank you for joining us in Perth for the Early Childhood Learning and Development Conference on 31 March – 1 April 2017.

We would like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to the Conference sponsors and speakers for their invaluable contribution and support.

 We look forward to welcoming you again to the next Early Childhood Learning and Development Conference in 2019.


Child Australia is proud to announce the 2017 Early Childhood Learning and Development Conference. This Conference is the largest gathering in Western Australia of thought leaders, educators, researchers and other critically important practitioners and contributors in early childhood learning and development.

From newcomers to the field, to experienced professionals, this Conference is great opportunity to help advance our shared work on behalf of children during their most critical period of learning and development. The 2017 Early Childhood Learning and Development Conference is relevant to professionals working in the area of:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • School Psychology
  • Early Childhood Development and Wellbeing
  • Allied Health
  • Policy
  • Research

Keynote Speakers and high calibre researchers from around the globe will convene together for this 2-day mega event in order to provide early childhood professionals with the tools, resources and support they need to further develop their expertise and contribution in the lives of children. Together they will address the following Conference themes:

  • Social & Emotional Wellbeing and Development
  • Pedagogy & Curriculum
  • Family & Community Engagement

Come and be inspired by speakers passionate about their research, their profession and the ways it can be used to improve learning and development outcomes for children. Through a combination of presentations, keynote addresses Q&A workshops and social occasions, this is the perfect opportunity to critically reflect upon the big questions that affect us all.

The principle aims of the ECLD conference are:

  • To provide a relevant and robust forum for the promotion, development and dissemination of high quality multidisciplinary information into early childhood learning and development.
  • To facilitate cross-sectoral collaboration of early childhood professionals so that together we apply interdisciplinary expertise and forge new solutions to complex problems.
  • To encourage the clear articulation and communication of the links between latest research, best practice and policy.
  • To offer interaction, development and support to all interested in early childhood learning and development
  • To raise the visibility and status of early childhood professionals.

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Conference Program

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Key Dates

Conference Dates:
30 March – 1 April 2017

Registrations Open:


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Sponsorship & Exhibition Prospectus

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Dear Colleagues

Welcome to the WA 2017 Early Childhood Learning and Development Conference.1Voyage Conf 208
This Conference is an important milestone for us – ten years old, our fifth biennial conference and unique, because it brings a small but rather important change in identity.

We couldn’t be prouder of an event that has grown from strength to strength, with and alongside, the early childhood education sector. These uniquely Western Australian conferences, starting in 2009 bring the early years sector together to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of the early years and the great work being done locally, nationally and internationally to improve the lives and wellbeing of children.

Building on the successful 2015 conference where over 900 delegates attended a star studded event, where we heard from wonderful speakers such as Professor Carla Rinaldi, we will be bringing you another fabulous experience that we know you will not want to miss.

Back to the small change in ‘identity’- the title of the conference has evolved from including “Education and Care” to “Learning and Development”. Why the change you ask?

We would all agree that regardless of what professional hat we wear; educator, teacher, academic, social worker, child health nurse, pediatrician, researcher; of critical importance is understanding the child from a holistic perspective.

Gone are the days when we could apply our practice, undertake research, or create early childhood programs in a vacuum. We must view the child within their environment, family, community, or in the systems that surround and impact on them. As such we have expanded the lens of our experience and evidence base to view children from a holistic perspective. The 2017 Conference has seen a change in title from “Education and Care” in previous years, to “Learning and Development”. We feel that the title reflects a natural evolution of our approach to seeing and working with children, and one that will be reflected in this year’s program.


Dawson Ruhl

Conference Chair