29 July 7pm -
30 July 2021 4pm
Uni Hill Conference Center
30 Graduate Rd, Bundoora
Members Discounted Tickets Available
This is a major event for early educators, particularly for those located in Melbourne’s north. This annual conference is a “not-to-be-missed” event.
With very engaging, expert keynote presentations and break-out workshops. Also we will host the annual trade exhibition and opportunities for networking.
Champagne Book Launch
Thursday 29 July | 7:00pm
Join us for a glass of bubbly, meet the author, book reading, signing, discussion and questions.
Respect and Relationships by Toni Christie is a brand new book focused on latest-research and best-practice with our youngest citizens.
This will be a fun networking event to celebrate a fantastic new resource that will benefit every early childhood professional as well as the children and families with whom they work and play.
The relationship is everything
presenter Toni Christie
We become who we are through our relationships with others. Therefore, it follows that in order to build a society of people who are capable, competent and behave with kindness and empathy towards each other, our focus must first be on the quality of the relationships and initial attachments young children have with the significant adults in their lives.
This presentation will unpack concepts such as key caregiving, continuity, the interbrain, self-regulation through co-regulation, the triune brain, developmental domains, and the danger of deterministic thinking.
This year the conference again offers invaluable practical workshops
Risk, resilience, and loose parts play
presenter Robin Christie
Adult-supported and developmentally appropriate risky play is vital to children's physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Research from NZ, Australia, and across the globe points to the long-term benefits, especially in the development of children’s resilience, the ability to ‘bounce back’ from negative experiences (Sandseter, 2006, 2007; Stephenson, 2006; Gill, 2007; Kvalnes, 2017).
Loose parts play involves open-ended and easily manipulated materials that children can use to construct, deconstruct and transport to develop their working theories of the physical world, and to augment their social and imaginative play. Since Simon Nicholson (1971) first formally described this natural aspect of children's play, the ways in which we interpret loose parts play have widened considerably. Contemporary views shown in recent research perceive it as being completely without boundaries, and as mixing easily with other kinds of learning (Hewes, 2006; Neill, 2013).
This keynote presentation will examine practical instances of loose parts play using materials that are recovered, upcycled and drawn from nature. A special emphasis will be placed on loose parts play provisions that provide for adult-supported risky play, are environmentally responsible, encourage cooperation and problem-solving, and are cheap as chips!