This Year's Conference

Finding Balance in a Modern World

Alpine Children's Services (ACS) is a proud not-for-profit organisation that provides quality early childhood services throughout the Alpine Shire. The 2018 conference 'Finding Balance in a Modern World' will link Early Childhood Educators, Teachers and health professionals throughout North Eastern Victoria and Southern NSW with a group of high calibre speakers and Early Childhood experts.

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2018 Key Speakers

Dr. Jodi Richardson

Jodi is a mental health, wellbeing and happiness science speaker dedicated to empowering families and teachers to nurture happy, relaxed, resilient kids. Knowing that happiness and flourishing mental health comes not from what we have but from what we do, Jodi redefines happiness and shares the science-backed skills young people need to increase their wellbeing and navigate the ups and downs that are a part of life. Habits for a balanced lifestyle and thinking strategies that enable young people to create a rich, full and meaningful life are integral to Jodi’s work.

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Philip Butler

Philip is an Associate at Semann & Slattery. He is an expert at applying practical leadership and educational theories into a diverse range of educational and human service settings and practices. Over the past two decades Philip has held a vast array of positions in the educational settings ranging from educational leader, academic lecturer, director, Authorised Supervisor and teacher.

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Sally McNamara

Sally began her career as a paediatric occupational therapist in the South Brisbane/Gold Coast areas. Here she worked in the fields of child development and disability; establishing her passion for sensory processing, motor development and interactive play skills. Sally returned to North East Victoria in 2008 (where she was raised) and continued her work with children and their families in a range of educational and community settings.

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Jarrod Paine

Jarrod Paine is a passionate and innovative education outdoors teacher and is the founder of the BushPlay Project. He began the Kiewa Wild Things Bush Playgroup over 3 years ago and is leading the way in creating more and more groups and engaging the young and old in the joys of nature play.

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Dr. Red Ruby Scarlet

Dr Red Ruby Scarlet is the Creative Director of MultiVerse.

Dr Red Ruby Scarlet is an activist, early childhood teacher-researcher, consultant, artist and academic. Red has been working in early childhood for over 25 years and is devoted to creative, imaginative, inclusive practices that promote dignity and integrity in early childhood. Red has developed curriculum and learning frameworks nationally and internationally. She has won numerous awards for her teaching and advocacy.

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