QECSN Conference Information

Place and Play

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The QECSN conference returns in 2019 with the theme Place and Play. This theme has been selected to deepen our understandings of sustainability education in the early years. Place tethers us, and the children we work with, to complex networks of cultures, ecosystems, species, languages, laws, and materials. Play insists upon enjoyment, delight and creativity. The critical challenge for sustainability educators in the Early Years is to explore the affordances of Play in, through, for, and with Place.  

Place and Play will be held on the 11th of May, in the city of Ipswich.


Conference schedule

Registration will open at 8:15, for an 8:45 start

Keynote presenter Dr. Sue Elliott will begin at 9:15 

"Environmentally responsible: Beyond a duty, a paradigm shift"

Morning tea at 10:00

Cherie Lamb will begin her presentation at 10:30

Yearning for a sense of place and a place to play: The experience of refugee families in Queensland early childhood services”

Dr. Lyndal O'Gorman will begin the final presentation for the morning at 11:30

"The Arts and Social Justice in Early Childhood"

Lunch will be served at 12:30 before moving into the afternoon sessions

Peta Deacon will run a habitat home and flowering seed ball workshop from 1:15 

From 2:00, a panel discussion with  QECSN founding members Professor Julie Davis and Noeleen Roundtree will consider the past, present and future of ECEfS and respond to delegate questions. 

The day will draw to a close at 3:00.


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Thank you to our conference corporate sponsor, Eenee


And thank you to our Early Childhood sector sponsors, Gowire QLD, and C&K Childcare and Kindergarten.