Conference Details

The 2018 conference 'Finding Balance in a Modern World' will provide Early Childhood Educators, Teachers, Health Professionals and Families with an opportunity to hear from experts. The conference includes sessions on finding happiness, health, wellbeing and advancing teaching practices within a fast paced world where, sometimes, the important things can be forgotten. 

Delegates will participate in practical and inspirational workshops as well as being guided throughout the day by the dynamic Dr. Red Ruby Scarlet.


Education Myrtleford, Performing Arts Centre (EMPAC)

Prince Street, Myrtleford.

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Tickets Cost

$145.00 Before 29th June, 2018
$175.00 Full Price

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Event Program

Parents Evening
Thursday 25th October
Time Session Speaker Topic/Activity
7.30pm - 8.45pm Parent Session Dr. Jodi Richardson

In an engaging and insightful parent presentation, Jodi examines what stands in the way of children enjoying the quintessential, carefree Australian childhood. She shares how we, as families, can help them create lifelong habits of happiness, balance and flourishing mental health plus new ways to think about children's use of technology.  

Early Years Conference
Friday 26th October
Time Session Speaker Topic/Activity
8.45am - 9.15am Registration    
9.15am – 9.45am MC – Introduction Dr. Red Ruby Scarlet  
9.45am – 10.45am Plenary 1 Dr. Jodi Richardson

Happiness habits in the classroom

Jodi emphasises the importance of developing the skills of happiness and flourishing mental health in children. Throughout the presentation she examines what stands in the way of children’s wellbeing and shares strategies for educators to weave wellbeing practices into their daily life and into their classrooms.

10.45am – 11.10am Morning Tea Break    
11.15am – 12.15pm Plenary 2 Philip Butler

Can’t We All Just Get Along: Creating a positive workplace culture

The workplace culture may be set by the leaders of the organisation, however it’s the everyday actions by the individual educators and teams which ultimately set the tone for the settings. Recently in research circles focused on this topic, more and more information has become available in relation to the benefits and positive wellbeing outcomes associated with a positive work environment. In this session we will look a little closer at how we can identify the signs of a positive work culture as well as those of negative environments. We will also unpack a few simple strategies which can be used by educators and leaders to help support our growth in this area, such as… positive communication strategies, a higher level of emotional intelligence, developing a sense of ownership and power in our actions, tapping into love and joy every day.

12.15pm - 1.15pm Lunch Break    
1.30pm - 2.30pm Workshop 1 Philip Butler

Crafting the Conversation

Having to have hard conversations is a part of our daily roles, conversations where you know emotions are going leak in, people are going to be pushed out of their comfort zone, and long held beliefs are going to be challenged. The key is not to avoid these conversations, but rather lean into them. Discover strategies and practices which can support more positive and collaborative communications between teams, achieve higher levels of reflective and transformative group thinking, and feel confident when connecting with families and the community on a professional level.

1.30pm - 2.30pm Workshop 2 Sally McNamara Avoiding a crowded program: how to integrate important developmental skills and strategies into your routine
Educators have one of the hardest jobs on the planet. While they work in rewarding jobs filled with many moments of accomplishment, their roles can also involve a lot of responsibility and stress. Supporting vital aspects of child development can be very challenging when there are so many other demands during the day. “Avoiding a crowded program: how to integrate important developmental skills and strategies into your routine” aims to help educators understand the importance of certain developmental areas- such as motor development and sensory processing- and how to include them into their daily routine by over-lapping activities and using incidental learning opportunities. 
1.30pm - 2.30pm Workshop 3 Jarrod Paine

Integrating BushPlay into your Learning Program
In this interactive workshop, Jarrod will take us on a thinking journey of BushPlay, inspire us with images of fun and joy, introduce us to terms like Trophy Landmark and bush goggles, and ask us to consider how we can incorporate this style of learning into our programs. Ideally suited for workplaces to attend as small groups of 2 or more but also helpful for any individual interested in conceptualising their own BushPlay Program in a Child Care Centre, Kindergarten, Playgroup or School.

The session will fuel participants understanding of how children benefit from BushPlay, including consideration of learning outcomes, styles and structures of BushPlay, and introduce participants to the different aspects of risk management we need to consider in setting up our own BushPlay Programs.

2.30pm - 2.45pm Afternoon Tea    
2.50pm - 3.50pm Plenary 3 Dr. Red Ruby Scarlet

Becoming Worldly in Precarious Times in Early Childhood

“An ethics and politics committed to the flourishing of significant otherness [might] be learned from taking post-human relationships seriously”
- Donna Haraway 

Childhood ain’t what it used to be. Similarly, early childhood education has changed over the years. Becoming Worldly is rich practice that engages with the ethics and politics of what it takes to flourish in all kinds of relational diversity and difference. This includes nature, technology, history, culture, geography, identity, beliefs and value systems. In early childhood education, we embrace these and other diversities and differences and unlike any other facet of the education system, we build curriculum upon these relations. Early childhood education is the perfect place to set the stage for children, their families and ourselves to thrive, to set the direction of the world making we aspire to. To create warm, welcome inclusive places for critical thinking and reflective practice that nourish us and encourage us fly.

3.50pm - 4.00pm Wrap up & thank you   Wrap up

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