Early years conference heading for Cairns
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Early Years Conference will bring ECEC together for 2 days of learning in Cairns

by Freya Lucas

May 06, 2024

The Early Years Conference will be held late next week, bringing the early childhood education and care (ECEC) and allied sectors together for two days of  learning and discussion with a view to promoting more impactful work in this space. 


A collaboration between The Benevolent Society, Mission Australia, Queensland Department of Education, the Department of Child Safety, Seniors and Disability Services, Queensland Health, ACT For Kids, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University and Wuchopperen Indigenous Health Service, the conference will be held 16 and 17 May at the Cairns Convention Centre, in tropical Far North Queensland. 


The theme for this year’s conference is “It takes a village to raise a family“. The conference will unite a variety of organisations and sectors, including education, health or social support services to promote integration and collaboration between the disciplines that are touch points for families during the early years.


Keynote speakers include Dr Sharon Goldfield, Dr Karen Struthers, Dr Rachael Beswick,  Adjunct Professor Michael Hogan and Simon Fewings. 


The conference program will also include interactive workshops for participants, focusing on a range of topics and disciplines. 


“Early years support often involves integrated services across sectors including education, health and social welfare,” Cassy Bishop, Manager for the Cairns and Gordonvale Early Years Centres at The Benevolent Society explained.


“Collaboration across these sectors helps early years practitioners grow in their roles and learn new ways of delivering this support to children and their families. The Cairns Early Years Conference continues to play a central role in enabling this collaboration and knowledge-sharing between our sector peers.” 


Event details: 


  • Event: Early Years Conference 


  • Date and time: Thursday 16th and Friday 17th May (9:00AM – 5:00PM) 


  • Location: Cairns Convention Centre, Sheridan St &, Wharf St, Cairns City QLD 4870 


Visit the conference website for more information

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