Early Learning Conference: The wonder of young minds

Abbotsleigh’s Early Learning conferences are for teachers of children in prior to school settings as well as the early years of school. Our two day conferences focus on the infinite potential of children’s thinking and learning. Experts from a wide range of fields share their research on best practice accompanied by workshops showcasing educators’ work with children. Focus areas include technology, environmental education, the development of projects, gross motor development, and expression through the hundred languages and art.  

Atendees can tour Abbotsleigh’s Centre for Environmental Education and Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, which our youngest learners visit on a frequent basis.

Keep an eye on our website for news of our next conference.

2015 presentations included
Dr Cathie Harrison

Early Childhood and Gifted Education Consultant,
Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, Australian Catholic University

  • To play or not to play
  • Bridging the pedagogical divide for a positive transition to school
  • Weaving together the threads of possibility: children, families, colleagues and communities


Dr Kristy Goodwin

Director, Every Chance to Learn, Honorary Associate Macquarie University

  • Wired to learn
  • iTouch and iLearn

Professor Margaret Sims

Professor of Early Childhood, University of New England

  • Working with children using a rights-based approach


Niki Buchan

Education Consultant, Inspired Early Childhood

  • I did it, I did it!
  • Let's take a risk


There were also practical workshops offered by Abbotsleigh Educators on art, environmental education and incorporating IT into multidisciplinary projects.


Find out more 

Email the Early Learning Centre or Donna Moffatt.