ECLD Immersion Unplugged 2024
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Are you ready to Connect, Relate, and Integrate at ECLD Immersion Unplugged?

by Freya Lucas

March 25, 2024
Delegates from ECLD 2023 listen to keynote speaker Dr Anne Aly

The team at Child Australia are eagerly anticipating ECLD Immersion Unplugged, an interactive, professional development experience which will be held 4 May 2024 at the Pan Pacific in Perth.


The Early Childhood Learning and Development (ECLD) Immersion Unplugged – an interactive, professional development experience offers the perfect opportunity to bring together networking, learning, and dynamic professional development together in one day, and will weave together inspiration and uplifting concepts for early childhood education and care (ECE) leaders and their teams. 


This year’s ECLD will be exciting and different, offering a brand new format which promises to be an exciting full-day of Interactive Workshops to deliver an interactive, professional development experience.


The ECLD Immersion Experience offers an opportunity for attendees to actively participate in the discussions with the speakers and on their topics with interconnective discussions to be led by Lennie Barblett, Robbie Figg and Sasha Beirne.


Overall the Immersion Experience will showcase engaging presentations and workshops, featuring distinguished speakers such as:


  • Prof Lennie Barblett – Professor of Early Childhood Education (ECU), speaking about the new EYLF V2.0. 
  • Danielle Ashwin – Wellbeing Manager with Happiness Co, presenting on Relationships, Connection, and Appreciation.


As well as interactive workshops covering various topics and featuring diverse speakers, as listed below:

  • Join us for immersive workshops related to ‘Empowerment’
    • Prof Lennie Barblett, ECU- “Professionalism, accountability and change in the workplace/ sector”.
    • Dr. Fiona Boylan, ECU – “Fostering Growth Mindsets in the early years”
  • Explore ‘Cultural Responsibility’
    • Taneeka Glass and Stacey Brown, SNAICC- National Voice for our Children – “Connected to Culture – Tools for Reflective Practice”
    • Aunty Freda Ogilive, Whadjuk/Ballardong Elder – “Cultural Responsiveness” 
  • Dive into the world of ‘Play and Connections’
    • Kylie Ellison, Play therapy – “Child Centred Play Therapy- The Power of Play.” 
    •  Sandra Clues,  Calm and Connected – “Beyond the Basics: Understanding the Impact of Foundational Motor Patterns on Advanced Cognitive and Social Skills”
  • Immerse yourself in the realm of ‘Professional Practice’
    • Bec Warr and Carren Ford, Child Australia, – “Emotional Intelligence and You.” 
    • Leanne Crawford and Themia Litis, Autism Association WA – “Integrating Autism Strategies in Early Learning.” 
  • Revitalize Your ‘Wellbeing’
    • Barry Hamilton, Co -“Personal Performance and Stress Optimization.” 
    • Felicity Rideout, Happiness Co, – ” Little Brains – Big Differences: Insights on Neurodiversity in Early Childhood Education’


To check out the complete program, click here.


As well as the dynamic program of learning, attendees will also have the chance to explore the ‘Playground’ area, featuring numerous organisations eager to showcase their products, resources, and information. 


Exhibitors attending on the day include HESTA, the Department of Communities, Child Development and Behaviour Specialists, Carewest, G8 Education, eSafeKids, Hesta, ANZUK, Play in the Past & Ocean Discovery Education, Department of Communities, 1Place Childcare, CTAS Education, Hart Sport, Modern Teacher Aids, Save our Service, Animal Fun, Catalytic IT, MercyCare, Insight Education, WA Child Safety Services, Family Day Care WA, Awe and Wonder, Child Australia and more.


The day will end spectacularly, with the 2024 WA ECEC Awards evening, sponsored by the Government of Western Australia Department of Communities, and our partners Goodstart, Reed WA, The Y, Wanslea and MercyCare and newcomer sponsors Insight Education and Save Our Service.


Inspiring speaker Julian Page from Happiness Co will anchor the evening,  which will also feature beverages and canapes, and the presentation of awards to be undertaken by the Hon. Sabine Winton MLA, Minister for Early Childhood Education. 


“We are incredibly thankful for the opportunity to support the growth and development of our sector professionals, enabling them to provide the highest quality care for the children they serve.” – Tina Holtom, CEO of Child Australia said.


Immersion Experience Event Details:


  • Date: Saturday 4th May 2024
  • Time: 8:30am – 4pm
  • Location: Pan Pacific Perth


The Immersion Experience would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors Insight Education, Save Our Service, HESTA, The Sector and Reggio Australia.


To learn more or to purchase tickets please visit the dedicated conference website here.

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