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Calendar of Conferences and Events in 2018

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Below is a listing of the recommended conferences and events in 2018 - 2019. New ones will be added as they come up. 



16 - 18th March in Queenstown

The 2018 Men in Early Childhood Teaching 12th Annual Summit is to be held at ‘Gems Farm’, near stunning Lake Hayes nestled in the Wakatipu Basin and surrounded by New Zealand’s alpine playground of the Southern Alps. Camping will be available nearby, and registration covers your meals and all activities. (Conference registration for members is $130 and students $65)

To register click here.


Nature Play Conference

9th March 2018 Christchurch Botanic Gardens

As the nature play movement grows in New Zealand, we want to provide you a way to connect with like minded people while gaining knowledge and confidence to use nature as the teacher. Come and join us for a day of inspiration with some amazing New Zealand speakers, who will be exploring our children’s connection to their local environment through conversation and interaction. Our speakers will explore the research, risk attitudes and the benefits of risky play, urban design and education and environmental education. (Discounted registration available for 4 or more teachers from the same ECE service $175 pp.).  For further information contact Celia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Creating Everyone's School

26th - 27th Aril 2018  in Wellington

Neighbourhood schools are the heart of our communities. Inclusive education is about how we develop and design our schools, classrooms, programmes and activities so that all students learn and participate together in their local environment. Creating Everyone’s School invites you – teachers, learning support staff, caregivers, family members – to explore inclusive education in a real school setting. Contribute your own ideas and learn new strategies to improve and expand your practice. See value in your children and yourself. Be an informed advocate for inclusion and a champion for equity.  For more information click here.


NZ Infant and Toddler Constortium 

15th September 2018 in Auckland 

This conference is dedicated to Magda Gerber’s work. Key Note Speakers: MARY JANE MAGUIRE-FONG POLLY ELAM (RIE® President) along with RIE® Associates: ALEXANDRA CURTIS GAIL NADAL JILL GETTO LEE POLLY ELAM PATRICIA RYAN SHARON SMITH and RIE® Intern ELENA MAROUCHOS.  This inspirational day is for parents, professionals and those who are caring for infants and toddlers.  For more information and to register your interest send an email to: unfolding@nzitc co nz


8th International Art in ECE Conference

24 - 27th Jan 2019 at Victoria University of Wellington

The Art in Early Childhood conference aims to encourage dialogue among early childhood educators by opening up new opportunities for discussion about the role of visual art and aesthetics education. For further information please email lisa.terreni@vuw.ac.nz.

The proceedings of previous ECE Research Conferences, Men's Summits, and ECE Management Forums can be found by clicking on the arrow at the end of this page (on the bottom right hand side) to scroll through other pages.

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