Educator Festival

Educator Festival

Educator Festival – ‘Practical hands on learning that’s Fun and Meaningful’
Sept 14th & 15th, 2018

Friday Sept 14, 2018

Team building Evening

The Festival will kick off at 6.30 pm on the evening of Friday Sept 14, 2018. Whole teams can come together to participate in an evening of fun learning designed to connect and strengthen teams over a range of creative learning experiences.

“Life Needs Balance is the New Black.”

This evening presentation is designed by Sandi and Chris Phoenix from Phoenix Support for Educators, to help educators be at their best. Life needs balance therefore is about understanding, filling, and maintaining full cups, to ensure:
· Greater relationships with yourself and others
· Higher resilience
· Increased productivity
· Psychological wellbeing
This is a fun and engaging presentation which includes some mind reading games, as well as a small hypnosis like demonstration, while remaining relevant at all times.

Educators will also enjoy a relaxed meal together followed by an evening of fun, games, surprises and plenty of prizes. Limited places are available for this opportunity and accommodation is available to stay overnight.

Saturday Sept 15, 2018

Breakfast Keynote

The Developing Brain – The Pivotal periods covering the Early years and Teenage years 

The morning will commence with breakfast at 7 am followed at 8.30 am by a keynote presentation from Nathan Wallis – Neuroscience Educator.


Intimate Masterclass with Nathan Wallis

The masterclasses will be limited to a small group of Educators. .

You will be able to attend the masterclass from 10 am – 12 pm or from 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm. You will have the opportunity to explore and unpack Brain Development for babies and children. How the brain works and how neuroscience can better inform your day to day interactions with babies and children. Understand Attachment and Trauma and gain the knowledge needed to assist you to build stronger relationships with children, respond thoughtfully and support the development of emotional competence.

You will explore:

  • How a child’s brain works and matures including the different parts of the brain such as the frontal cortex, the influence of plasticity, and the reptilian brain.
  • What the research has shown about the ideal physical, emotional, educational and social conditions under which the developing brain functions at its best.
  • What are the implications of this knowledge for professional practice with children.
  • What approaches and interventions work best from a neuroscience perspective and how to turn an outburst, argument or fear into a chance to integrate a child’s brain and foster vital social and emotional development.
  • From a neuroscience perspective, what are the common pitfalls professionals make when working with children and which of our current approaches have been shown to be less helpful then we thought.
  • Practice considerations when working with children who have experienced early life trauma which may have impacted upon their early brain development.


The Festival

The ECW Festival offers Educators an array of practical hands on learning experiences that are fun, innovative and informative. Wander through the festival at your own leisure, connect with friends and colleagues and engage in what interests you. Speak with the Exhibitors, participate in a Micro PD session and gather a range of resources, ideas and practical knowledge that you can apply to your practices.
The Micro sessions are planned hands on mini Professional Development experiences designed as a provocation of learning, to introduce you to learning experiences that you will inform you thinking and practice and specifically for you to be able to take the experience and learning back to your settings. To apply to your practice or implement  into your programs and planned experiences for children.

Through your participation in a Micro session, you will gain understanding of the experience and be supported to take the learning and provocations back to your setting to implement into your programs. You will be provided with a fact sheet about the experience with links to theorists, child development, the approved learning frameworks and the National Quality Standard. You can then discuss the learning in further detail with the presenter or explore  other possibilities for future learning and development.

You will be able to explore the Exhibits and discover a range of resources that you can purchase to incorporate into your programs or consider the potential and possibilities of the products and services Exhibitors have on display to meet your professional needs.

Micro Professional Development and learning sessions will range from story telling, art, craft, drama and programming, to music and cultural experiences, yarning circles and interpretive  indigenous dance.

The complete program of the Micro learning experiences and Exhibitors will be made available as they are finalised, leading up to and prior to the day and again on the day of the Educator Festival in your Festival resource bag.

You can attend the full day or attend for just for a few hours. You do not need to book into any of the Micro Sessions just come along connect with colleagues, fill up on ideas and join in the Micro PD sessions that interest you and gather the knowledge, skills, resources and information that will support you in your role. Most importantly enjoy the day.


Educator Wellbeing with Christopher Phoenix – Phoenix Support for Educators
Words Words Words with Karyn Johns – Speech Pathologist
Bush Kindy in Action with Anya Perkins – Nature Play QLD
Growing Healthy Minds with Kerry Bidwell – KidsMatter
Funtastic Early Phonetics with Gwen Raynor – Butterfly Wings
Holistic play opportunities with Rachel Rooke – RARE
An Enviornment I can BE in with Tara Hill – Phoenix Support for Educators
“Dancing on sacred grounds” with April Cunningham
Educator’s Toolkit for Behaviour with Sandi Phoenix
Children’s Voices, Play Your Part with NAPCAN
Under Construction – The fight for rights with Stephen Gallen
Oral Storytelling: simple and meaningful with Jennifer McCormack (Geira Jen) – Numala Kinder Nature Play
Safe and Secure Early Learning Spaces with Michelle Woszatka -Aspire Early Childhood Consultancy
How I Paid for My Retirement…in One Day with Huskisson – MyLife My Super
Legal and Practical Response to Child Abuse with Jim O’Brien – InSafe Hands
A simple Puff or a Jab could save a Child’s life? with Mark Franzi – Elite Sports Training and First Aid
Modern Childhood and Daily Outdoor Free Play with Hyahno Moser – Nature Play QLD
The Four Most Common Personality Styles Of Educators with Adrain Pattra – Farran Street Education
Sharing examples of projects successfully planned with competent children with Carrie Rose
“What’s your story?”- storytelling through our natural earth with April Cunningham
Changing Workplace culture through Nature Based Pedagogy with Melissa Franklin and Rachael Tucker – Pelican’s Nest Early Learning

Join in the Fun and find your creative side through painting classes with Peaceful Pallette or have a go at the drums with Sunday Ali – Hello Africa


ECW Professional Body Membership is less than $2 per week and offers you hundreds $$$ in savings, association with your professional body, information and updates to inform and support you in your role as an Education and Care professional, a voice in the direction and future of ECW’s work to raise the profile of our profession and to support the growth of a strong sustainable ECworkforce.

Nathan Wallis

Breakfast Keynote and Intimate Masterclass

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Attendance options 

Team Building Camp – Just $120 ECW Member rate / $240 Non Member rate (Breakfast keynote extra)

Includes, Wellbeing presentation with Phoenix Support, ECEC trivia games and prizes, Dinner, drinks campfire, nibbles and accommodation.

Breakfast with Nathan Wallis – Just $60 ECW Member rate / $120 Non Member rate

ECW Educator’s Festival – Just $120 ECW Member rate / $240 Non Member rate

With over 20 presenters, more than 50 workshops and market stalls filled with loose parts, natural sustainably sourced materials and resources, an ECEC book swap (so bring your old books along and take home some new ones), a Trash and treasure stall to bring those unique homelike resources into your settings. All in a relaxed outdoor setting filled with food stalls and music designed to offer you a day out packed with fun and learning in a social and professional context

ECW Educator Festival Package – for $240 ECW Member rate bundles together the team building camp with the breakfast Keynote and Festival entry. $480 Member Non Member (Masterclass not included in the package)

2hr Intimate Master class with Nathan Wallis – Just $120 ECW Member rate / $240 Non member rate.

Group Bookings  – Register 5 or more Educators into any ECW Festival event and save 20% off either the ECW Member or Non Member rate. To save on the ECW Member rate all Educators must be an ECW Member. Simply Download the Group Booking registration form complete and send completed form to

NB: ECW Member fees are 50% off the non member fee

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