Educator Festival

Educator Festival – ‘Practical hands on learning that’s Fun and Meaningful’
Saturday Sept 7th, 2019


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 will inform your thinking and practice. Designed specifically for Educators to be able to take experiences and learning back to your own unique environments and services.

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 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.


Masterclass with Nathan Wallis

We have an AM and PM masterclass from either 10 am – 12 pm or from 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm. You will have the time and space needed to go deeper, 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 sound and practical knowledge you need to assist you to build stronger relationships with children, respond thoughtfully and support the development of emotional competence.


Closing Keynote with Nathan Wallis

The Developing Brain 

Join us at 4pm in the outdoor cathedral to hear from Neuro science Educator Nathan Wallis.

Nathan will share with you the science behind brain development and the influence of trauma and development on behaviours. The plain speaking neuro scientist will provide you insights to behaviour that will awaken a completely new understanding of how to support children’s development and self regulation.


Networking Drinks and Nibbles

Following the closing Keynote we invite you to join our Collective in Kindilan hall for a networking opportunity.


Team building Evening Sat Sept 7th – 6pm – 9pm

Whole teams can come together to participate in an evening of fun designed to connect and strengthen teams over a range of creative learning experiences.

Fun, informative and interactive team building experiences packed with trivia, games and prizes
Overnight accommodation for teams, Includes- Dinner, drinks, desert and breakfast


“This was so relaxed and informal”

“I felt it reflected who we are as Educators”

“The vendor stalls were amazing, not the usual boring resources”

“It was a great opportunity to connect with colleagues and presenters”

“Loved the freedom, choice, atmosphere and opportunity to connect with others”

“This event was a fantastic outward expression of the very important work that ECW do. I witnessed early childhood educators and coordinators, immersed in leaning, nature and self-care.

The overall atmosphere, enhanced by the natural and beautiful setting, seem to result in a very relaxed, by still highly engaged learning experience.

There were smiles all around, a slowing down of time, which seemed to facilitate connections and reflections.

Amazing work ECW Team and I look forward to being involved in 2019”

Hyahno Moser- Program Manager for Nature Play QLD


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

Closing Keynote and Masterclass

Meet Our Presenters

Event Sponsor


Attendance options 

ECW Educator’s Festival – Just $100 ECW Member rate / $200 Non Member rate

A huge range of 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’s Festival includes 1 hr address by Nathan Wallis – Neuroscience Educator at 4pm

2hr  Master class with Nathan Wallis – Just $50 ECW Member rate / $100 Non member rate.

Team Building – Just $100 ECW Member rate / $200 Non Member rate (Includes Team building event, Dinner, Drinks, Desert, Accommodation and Breakfast)

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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