Conference Details

The 2016 conference “Innovative Teaching – Moving through the 21st Century” will link Early Childhood Educators, Teachers and health professionals throughout North East Victoria with a group of high calibre speakers and Early Childhood experts including Hugh van Cuylenburg from the Resilience Project, leading author and educational expert Kathy Walker OAM, and Louise Doratt, educator and presenter.

The day will be extremely beneficial for early childhood educators and teachers who will have the opportunity to listen to thought provoking theories and practices. Educators and delegates will participate in a variety of practical workshops, discussions and debates from inspirational experts in the fields of resilience, motivation, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided and the Sixpence Coffee Van will be on site serving locally roasted coffee.


Education Myrtleford, Performing Arts Centre (EMPAC)

Prince Street, Myrtleford.

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Tickets Cost

$105 Before 9th Sep, 2016
$130 Full Price

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Event Program

Parents Evening - Thursday 6th October
Time Session Speaker Topic/Activity
7.30pm - 8.45pm Parent Session Hugh van Cuylenburg Engaging Parents
Early Years Conference - Friday 7th October
Time Session Speaker Topic/Activity
9.15am – 9.30am MC – Introduction Louise Doratt  
9.30am – 10.30am Plenary Hugh van Cuylenburg

Implementing strategies to develop and promote positive mental heath. Throughout the presentation, Hugh will examine Mindfulness, Empathy and Gratitude as strategies to improve mental health. He will tell stories of his travels and personal experiences to highlight the need for these and the ways we can utilise them for ourselves and for children.

10.30am – 10.55am Morning Tea Break    
11.00am – 12.30pm Workshop 1 Hugh van Cuylenburg Emphasises the importance of growing resilience in children and developing the skills of Mindfulness, Empathy, Emotional Literacy and Gratitude as educators and passing them on to the children that they work with.
11.00am – 12.30pm Workshop 2 Tash Treverton STEM, STEAM, STREAM... Authentic ways to explore Maths, Science, Technology and Beyond. Tash will look at why exploring these topics is so important in the Early Years. Together we will identify important requirements for environments to support this exploration and the role of the Educator while this is happening.
11.00am – 12.30pm Workshop 3 Sally McNamara What is sensory processing? Sally will explore the 7 senses and the impact of sensory processing on learning and participation, and discuss sensory processing difficulties. She will provide ideas and strategies for the child care, kinder and classroom environments and explain the role of the OT in sensory processing.
11.00am – 12.30pm Workshop 4 Meredith Lane Meredith will be discussing how to build relationships between educators and Speech pathologists in order to progress learning and development ,  with practical tips on how to support children’s  language and communication development through enhanced interactions with their carers and peers.
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch Break    
1.30pm - 2.30pm Plenary Kathy Walker

"What Is Readiness?"
Kathy will be defining readiness in the context of children’s development through effective transition with continuity of pedagogy between preschool and school. She will also discuss the importance of consistency of messages across community and all professionals.

2.30pm - 2.45pm Snack    
2.45pm - 3.45pm Plenary Louise Doratt Educator Wellbeing
It's all about you - looking after yourself in a busy environment. How can you educate and care for children when you are not looking after yourself? Listen to a 10 step program that will improve your mental health and gain strategies to stay fresh and inspired whilst juggling it all. Learn to spend time on what is important, not what is urgent and make time for laughter and fun.
3.45pm - 3.50pm MC – Wrap Up & Thank You Louise Doratt Wrap Up

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