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Sheldon Event Centre is located within the grounds of Sheldon College. Sheldon lies just to the east of Queensland's capital city, Brisbane.
Your navigation system may say 1 Taylor Road Sheldon or 1 Taylor Road, Thornlands.
The drive from the Gateway Motorway is quite long and relatively undeveloped with lots of bushland along the way so it is an easy drive once off the Gateway.

Venue Sheldon Events Centre (Brisbane)


All delegates attend the keynote and two presentations plus optional lunch session (age range applicable noted)

Lighten Up! Humour is FUNdamental to providing quality education and care to young children by Paul McGhee

WORKSHOPS & MASTERCLASSES Session 2 (you will choose one)
Building a caring community of learners through music by Desley Jones (2.5 - 5.5 years)
Building children's resilience in this risk-averse world by Louise Dorrat (all)
Care of babies: what's changed? How do we support new mothers? by Julie Neild, Kathryn Woodcock &
Carmel O'Connell (0 - 1.5 years)
Challenging behaviours? ASD in the early years by Peter Melrose (1.5 - 8 years)
Declutter your diary - maximise your time and energy by Jane Taylor (0 - 8 years)
(Design + Play) 2 = more mathematical thinking by Sue Southey (3.5 - 4.5 years)
Documentation - bring back the joy! by Rhonda Livingstone (0 - 4.5 years)
Easy starters: composting, resource and water recycling by Kiri Combi (2.5 - 5.5 years)
Food intolerance affecting behaviour by Sue Dengate (0 - 8 years)
Introducing the principles of the Reggio Emilia Educational Project by Prof. Deborah Harcourt (0 - 8 years)
Learning to use humour to cope with stress: the 7 Humour Habits Program by Paul McGhee (0 - 8 years)
Literacy: practical ways to support young readers and writers by Angela Ehmer (4.5 - 5.5 years)
Monoprinting by Cate Collopy(3.5 - 8 years)
Tables: do we need them? by Justine Walsh & Nicole Burke - Journey into Play (all)
Thinking Play in Prep and lower primary classrooms by Michelle Scheu (4.5 - 7 years)
Through the eyes of a teddy bear: how to nurture cultural competence by Laura Broadbent (all)
Transition from kindergarten to school: sharing information by Robyn Whiting (3.5 - 5.5 years)

OPTIONAL LUNCH SESSION 3 (Choose one or shop & network)
Cross-cultural communication by Rekha Prasad (all)
Delegation for de-stress, development and delight by Sally Foley-Lewis (all)
Early Childhood in Queensland, what has changed and what is to come by Gabrielle Sinclair, Deputy Director General DETE
Maintaining sanity in times of change by Laurie Kelly (all)
Your time to shine: simple steps to boost unlimited energy by Roushini Devi (all)
What do you do if you don't like your A&R rating? by Director, Assessment and Quality Improvement DETE (0 - 4.5 years)

WORKSHOPS & MASTERCLASSES Session 4 (you will choose one)
Animal attraction: worm farming, guinea pigs, chickens by Kiri Combi (2.5 - 5.5 years)
Are your Prep students ready to start learning to read and write? by Evelyn Terry (2.5 - 5.5 years)
Beach kindy project by Kathryn Forgan-Flynn (all)
Building instrumental skills and music literacy in early childhood by Mark Griffiths (3.5 - 5.5 years)
Building literacy skills in a Geography context: Prep - Year Two by Caroline Hollis & Robyn Whiting (4.5 - 8 years)
Environmental weaving by Casselle Mountford (3-5 - 8 years)
Music and storytelling in an inclusive environment by Louise Dorrat (2.5 - 8 years)
Outdoor play spaces by Justine Walsh & Nicole Burke - Journey into Play (0 - 8 years)
Play-based pedagogy in Prep Yes we can! by Jo Broadbent (3.5 - 5.5 years)
Relationships, wellbeing and mental health: reinforcing the links by Desley Jones (all)
Supporting learning and development for babies and toddlers by Caroline Fewster (0 - 3 years)
Teaching young children to manage their emotions by Dr Kaylene Henderson (0 - 5 years)
The playful brain: development of young children's humour by Paul McGhee (all)
Using iPads & IWBs in early years classrooms by Rebecca Trimble-Roles (4.5 - 8 years)
Who needs a second language? by Ronit Baras (all)

Conference Registration Process

Members financial as at the end of February 2015 will receive a personal email in early March inviting them to register for the conference three weeks before non-members.

If you pay your 2015 membership fee after February you will have to wait until registrations open to the public.

The only way to register before registrations open to the public is by clicking a link on the personal invitation emailed in 16 March. Once the conference website is open for public registrations registration will then be available via a link on the ECTA website homepage.


All registrations are via the Conference Website.
Once the site is live a link to the site will be available on the homepage of the ECTA website and on this page.

OPEN: Trade Exhibitor registrations open
16 March: ECTA Members financial as at end of February (via personalized email only)
30 March: ECTA members financial on or after 1 March & Non-Members

Registration Fees 2015

Individual ECTA Members: $205
Organisational ECTA Members first two staff: $206
Organisational ECTA Members remaining staff: $290
Concessional ECTA Members: $110
Student ECTA Members: $105
Join ECTA plus register as Individual Member $300
Non-Members $345