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DEKTA Conference 2022
DEKTA Conference 2022
19 Aug 2022, 8:00 am
Uni Hill Conference Centre

Book early to avoid disappointment

19 August 2022
8am - 4pm 
Uni Hill Conference Center
30 Graduate Rd, Bundoora
Registration $275
Members Discounted Tickets Available
Registration Type
Valid Until
5 August
Late Registration
6-12 August
Standard Registration
5 August
Members Registration
5 August
Early Bird Members

​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.


Morning Keynote

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.

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This year the conference again offers invaluable practical workshops

Afternoon Keynote
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Afternoon Keynote

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!

Trade Show

Submit an expression of interest to participate in our upcoming trade show.

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