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 focussed on 3 themes within the sector:

1. Safe Hands: supporting families, and protecting children

Topics included, but were not limited to:

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

2. Children with additional needs

Topics included, but were not limited to:

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

3. Reaching Families and Children

Topics included, but were not limited to:

  • Trends
  • Engagement
  • Effectiveness of home visiting 

Presentations & Workshops

In May 2018, we were pleased to be able to showcase a diverse selection of presentations and workshops in relation to the conference themes, that represented a large cross-section of disciplines. Each workshop and presentation was 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.

To view the available workshop and paper presentations click here.

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

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