Forum Exhibitors

ABC Kids

ABC Kids is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s part-time channel, broadcasting shows for children 2 to 7 years old in each local Australian channel.

The ABC Kids website has a dedicated section for early childhood educators with resources and digital content aligned with priorities in early education, including screen-free extension ideas to support educator planning and practice.

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Be You: mental health in education initiative

Be You is the national mental health in education initiative delivered by Beyond Blue, in collaboration with Early Childhood Australia and headspace.

Be You supports educators from early learning services and schools to develop a positive, inclusive and resilient learning community where every child, young person, educator and family can achieve their best possible mental health.

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ECTARC – Early Childhood Education Services & Training

ECTARC is a community owned, not for profit organisation that has successfully managed education and care services in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven for over 34 years. ECTARC is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that specialises and champions excellence in early childhood education and care training and professional development across Australia. ECTARC was recently announced 2022 NSW Large Training Provider of the Year

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Kids and Traffic

Funded by Transport for NSW, in partnership with Macquarie University, Kids and Traffic aims to achieve improvements in young children’s safety in the short term and develop safe community attitudes to road use in the long term.

Kids and Traffic provides professional development, road safety information, resources, advice and support to educators,management, staff and families in early childhood services.

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LifeEd

At Life Ed, we believe every child deserves to thrive. Equitable access to health education is important to us. We know that the biggest impact happens early in childhood. Children learn their core values at a young age. Tackling tomorrow’s issues today leads to solutions to some of our biggest problems, such as chronic disease and mental ill health. Our research has shown us that memorable learning happens when expertise is combined with a fun and engaging experience. One of the tools we use is Healthy Harold to help teach important lessons that resonate with kids aged 3-13. 

Through the opportunity to engage in play-based, experiential and interactive experiences, the Life Ed modules are delivered face to face and cover a range of topics across the areas of physical health, safety and social and emotional wellbeing. The Life Ed Early Years Learning Program is aligned to the National Quality Standards and Early Years Learning Framework.

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NSW Department of Education

The NSW Department of Education is the largest regulator nationally with over 5,900 early childhood education and care services across NSW.

The Department’s first priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of children and is responsible for regulating early childhood education services, in line with the national law and regulations.

The Department also works to enhance outcomes for children through state-based funding and policy, including the Early Years Commitment announced in June 2022, so every child in NSW can get the best start in life.

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NSW/ACT Inclusion Agency

The NSW/ACT Inclusion Agency is part of the Inclusion Support Program (ISP) and is managed by KU Children’s Services, in partnership with Include Me and Gowrie NSW.

The Inclusion Support Program aims to build the capacity and capability of educators to address participation barriers for all children through implementing quality inclusive practices.

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Sounds good to me

Children with phonological awareness will have improved success learning to read. This in turn can have powerful, positive effects on outcomes through their life.

At Sounds good to me we love to upskill early educators and parents in sound awareness by providing accessible training and tools, mentoring and support. Sounds good to me is an evidence-based training program designed by speech pathologists for educators to use with children.

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Summer Hill Kids

Summer Hill Kids is a family-owned business local to Northern NSW.  They offer quality, educational, engaging and fun resources for early years learning through a range of products which are produced using sustainable wood, non-toxic paints, food grade plastic and recycled materials. Their Fair-trade products are supporting communities in disadvantaged countries and are minimising their environmental impact by using recycled materials for packing and shipping.

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Western NSW Local Health District – Munch & Move

Munch & Move is a NSW Health initiative that supports the healthy development of children birth to 5 years by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time.

Munch & Move offers training and resources to educators working in NSW early childhood education and care services. The training aims to assist educators to implement a fun, play-based approach to supporting healthy eating and physical activity habits in young children. The Munch & Move program fits within the new National Quality Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework.

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The 2023 Rural and Remote Forum is supported by the NSW Department of Education