2018 Conference

The 2018 Early Years Conference – Today’s Children Tomorrow’s Future – is a collaboration between Mission Australia, the Benevolent Society, QLD Department of Education and Training – Early Childhood Education and Care, the Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services, Queensland Health and The Cairns Institute, JCU.  This holistic and cross-sectional collaboration will create a unique opportunity to have a strong state and regional focus on the importance of birth to 12 in regards to evidence based planning with a community collective impact.

2018 Conference Themes

The 2018 Conference will focus on 3 themes within the sector:

1. Safe Hands: supporting families, and protecting children

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Domestic and family violence
  • Challenging conversations – working with parents
  • Capacity building
  • Mandatory reporting requirements

2. Children with additional needs

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Trauma, attachment & child development 
  • Challenging behaviour
  • NDIS
  • Mental Health

3. Reaching Families and Children

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Trends
  • Engagement
  • Effectiveness of home visiting 

Presentations & Workshops

In 2018, we are pleased to be able to showcase a diverse selection of presentations and workshops in relation to the conference themes, that represent a large cross-section of disciplines. Each workshop and presentation has been carefully considered in relation to cross-sectional viability, and the insights it could provide into new innovative methods of working with children and families in the early years.

To view a summary of the key presenter presentations click here.

2018 DRAFT Conference Program

Here is the draft program for the 2018 Conference. Further details are to come, and details are subject to change. Please check again closer to the conference date.

Early Years Conference - Today’s Children - Tomorrow’s Future

The conference is Financially Supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services