Call for Presentations

Together we grow – the child in focus

Friday 26 May 2017 and Saturday 27 May 2017
Conference Venue: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne

The 2017 Early Childhood Education Conference is organised by Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) in partnership with Gowrie Victoria and the members of the Conference Reference Committee (CRC).

The CRC comprises representatives of the partner organisations (ELAA and Gowrie Victoria), the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET), Community Childcare Vic, the Centre for Community Child Health, Banyule City Council, FKA Children’s Services, Noah’s Ark Inc, Playgroup Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc.

The conference brings together over 1000 early childhood professionals including early childhood education and care service providers, educators, and specialists working with children from birth to the early years of school.

We invite submissions from people interested in presenting at the 2017 conference in Melbourne.

The 2017 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.

The Ecological Model [1] (adapted from Bronfenbrenner 1979) that underpins the revised Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (2016) has the child at its focal point encircled by key influencers including family, culture, community and broader economic, political, social and environmental factors. Not least among these influencers are early childhood services, networks and programs that support children’s learning and development.

‘All children have a right to an education that helps them grow and develop to their fullest…consequently, we have to… be respectful of and account for their individual uniqueness of age, gender, culture, temperament, and learning style.’ (Early Childhood Education Today, by G.S. Morrison, 2009 edition, p. 109)

The child in focus is also encompassed in a variety of ways in the Early Years Learning and Development Framework and in all 7 areas of the National Quality Standard.

Selection criteria
Presentation proposals will be assessed with respect to how they:

  • directly relate to the conference theme (see above)
  • inform conference attendees regarding relevant research, contemporary policy, and practical service delivery relevant to the early childhood education and care sector.

Selection process

  • presentation proposals using the attached Conference Presentation Proposal Form must be submitted to ELAA by 5pm Thursday 10 November, 2016
  • presentation proposals will be assessed by a Presentation Selection Sub-committee of the CRC that includes members of the CRC and experienced early childhood education and care practitioners*
  • accepted papers will be confirmed in writing in December 2016
  • accepted presenters will be asked to sign an agreement (e.g., permissions re photography/video, website, promotion of bio information)

*You may be contacted by the Selection Sub-committee for further information.  In some cases, at the discretion of the Selection Sub-committee, successful applicants may be offered mentoring assistance, from a Sub-committee member, to further develop their presentation proposal and ensure that it aligns with the needs of conference attendees.



[1]VEYLDF 2016 page 5