08 NovConference Call for Presentations – Deadline Extended to 24 November

Posted on 08 Nov 2017

The deadline for proposals to present at the 2018 Early Childhood Education Conference has now been extended to close of business Friday, 24 November.

Now in its 13th year, the 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, Early Childhood Australia Vic, Early Childhood Intervention Australia Vic 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.

The theme for the 2018 Early Childhood Education Conference is Our Children – Our Communities. It emphasises the centrality of children to the work of all early childhood education and care practitioners and seeks to provoke thinking and discussion about the importance of the broader relationships between educators, researchers, policy makers, specialist service providers, parents, carers and communities to achieving the best learning outcomes for preschool children.

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

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

Selection process

  • Presentation proposals (see link to proposal form at the end of this message) must be submitted to ELAA by 5pm Friday 24 November, 2017.
  • 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 by early December, 2017.

*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 an experienced early learning professional, to further develop their presentation proposal and ensure that it aligns with the needs of conference attendees.

Group presentations

Please note: in 2018 group presentations are limited to four co-presenters (including lead presenter) in total.

Presenter payment and registration

Successful presentation proposals will receive one free conference registration (for the lead presenter), however, all co-presenters will be required to register and pay for the days they attend the conference.  Please see the Presentation Proposal form more detail.

Marketing and permissions

Successful presentation proposals will be included in conference communications (online and print) such as the program, Conference App and the Conference website.  Marketing of conference presentations (including promotion to media and on social media) will also be undertaken using the information you supply on the attached Conference Presentation Proposal Form. Submission of a Presentation Proposal Form will be taken to include acceptance of all permissions requirements (see proposal form for details).

Room set up

Please note in 2018 ALL presentation rooms will be set up in ‘lecture theatre style’ (stage and / or lectern facing rows of seats) except for the Black Caviar Room which will have a series of round tables.

Conference website

Please note the Conference website www.togetherwegrow.com.au is yet to be updated with 2018 information so please do not refer to it at this time. For presentation proposal submissions please just use the information above and the link below.

How to submit a presentation proposal

Complete the 2018 ECEC Presentation Proposal Form by 5pm 24 November , 2017 and email to elaa@elaa.org.au

***NB*** It is recommended you download the above 2018 ECEC Presentation Proposal Form on a device that runs MS Word.

Further enquiries regarding applications to present may be directed to: James Gardener Early Childhood Education Conference Co-coordinator Via email (preferred):    jgardener@elaa.org.au Phone: 03 9489 3500

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