Professional Learning can be a great way to build knowledge, skills and confidence around inclusion. With the wide variety of professional learning opportunities available including conferences, webinars, workshops and other online forums, it can be difficult to choose which opportunities to invest in.

When choosing professional learning sessions for yourself and your team, consider the following questions:

  • Have you identified any specific professional learning needs in your QIP?
  • How will the knowledge gained be implemented in your program and practices?
  • What opportunities will be available for the knowledge, skills and ideas to be shared with other team members?
  • Is there a professional learning opportunity available that will ‘stretch’ team thinking and challenge ideas and practice?


Professional Learning Opportunities


Early Childhood Australia Reconciliation Symposium

5-6 May 2017
Event Location: Gold Coast, QLD
The Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Reconciliation Symposium 2017 will provide an authentic experience for educators to discuss reconciliation issues and create new ideas and actions that will make a difference within their educational settings and communities.

ECIA NSW/ACT Conference

25-26 May 2017
Event Location: Brighton Beach, Sydney
Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT 2017 Conference has as its theme ‘ECI: Beyond Possibilities: Investing in the Future’. This provides an exciting opportunity for service providers and professionals interested in Early Childhood Intervention and Early Childhood to come together with a focus on building the capacity of our sector and the community, understanding the NDIS and the impact on children with disability and developmental delay and their families.

Early Childhood Education Conference 2017

26-27 May 2017
Event Location:

The conference theme ‘Together we grow – the child in focus’ includes children’s sense of identity; their connection and engagement with their community; their sense of wellbeing; children as confident and involved learners; effective communicators; children’s rights; resilience; disadvantage/ vulnerability; supporting transitions; partnerships with families and professionals; and equity and diversity.

SNAICC National Conference 2017

12-14 September 2017
Event Location:
SNAICC is the national non-government peak body in Australia representing the interest of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The conference is convened to assist with the achievement of the SNAICC vision: An Australian society in which our communities are empowered to determine their own future; where the rights of our children, young people and families are protected; where our cultural identity and achievements are valued; and our children and families have access to culturally appropriate services.

Early Start Conference 2017

27-29 September 2017
Event Location:
Hosted by the University of Wollongong the Conference theme is ‘Helping Children flourish and realise their potential: Translating research for policy, practice and community'.