ECE Conference: K-2 (TUT) - Leading Happy and Healthy Lives in Early Childhood Education

18 places available

Start:  Friday 10 September 2021 - 9.00am

Finish: Friday 10 September 2021 - 3.30pm

Location:  SSTUWA building, 1 West Street, West Perth WA 6005 (off Thomas Street)



About the Conference

The SSTUWA Early Childhood Educator Conference is an opportunity for early childhood educators within our union to come together. The blended focus for this conference is to support the social and emotional well-being of both students and educators in our ECE environments.

Students and teachers with well-developed social and emotional skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, develop resilience and sense of self-worth, resolve conflict, engage in teamwork and feel positive about themselves. This is the foundation for learning and for life.   Join your fellow ECE educators for a day of learning and development and ensure all aspects of your life and your students’ lives are happy and healthy.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Helen Milroy- Embrace Mental Health Team: Telethon Kids, 2021 Western Australian, Australian of the Year.

Growing up as a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara, Helen embarked on a career in science which saw her become a GP, forensic medical officer and psychiatrist.  Now she works as a researcher and co-director of the Embrace mental health team at Telethon Kids.  Embrace brings together a network of researchers and partners to find new ways to help kids at the lowest times in their lives – when they’re experiencing trauma, depression, or anxiety. Don’t miss out on meeting this incredibly successful individual with a myriad of achievements to her name. Helen was Australia’s first indigenous doctor and WA Australian of the Year 2021, as well as the joint winner of the 2020 Australian Mental Health Prize.  

Featured Speakers: Mandy Hudson and Rose Smith - School Curriculum and Standards Authority

Included in the most recent General Agreement was the development of new support curriculum materials designed by SCSA to assist teachers with the WA Curriculum and Assessment. Hear from the developers of the of the new K-2 Curriculum support materials. You will have an opportunity to explore exemplar documents, unpack the materials and take-away sample documents.

Breakout Workshops

  • Mental Fitness Re-charge for Educators - Louise Rabbone- Psychologist, The People Catalyst
  • A Paradigm in Schools Where Play Becomes Real - Donna Berry- Director, Play Therapy
  • Keeping Yourself Skilled up and Safe  - Andrew Richardson - Trainer, International Defensive Solutions
  • Happy, Confident and Connected: Ensuring the Wellbeing of Children with ADHD - Chantalle Chapman, School Psychologist K-12

Afternoon Keynote Speaker: David Koutsoukis  

The Power of Positive Energy in the Classroom - Find Your Kefi

KEFI is a Greek word that means ‘zest for life’. Most people would agree that KEFI is a desirable attribute for school leaders and teachers, but few would know the science behind it or how to maximise it. This fun presentation will highlight the importance of developing positive mindsets in classrooms and reveal a field of science that explains the contagion effect of positive and negative emotions. Importantly, it will show you how to find your KEFI quickly and how to snap out of bad moods when the ‘dark shadow’ of negativity appears. Enjoy this fascinating, fun and high-energy ending to the conference that will help you find your KEFI and harness the power of positive energy in your classroom. OPA!


$ 110 : Members Only Conference


Morning tea and lunch provided.

We are able to supply a vegetarian or gluten free option. Please advise prior to the event.

Nominated Audience

Early Childhood Educators K-2 Members of SSTUWA

Trade union training leave - Schools

Members in schools and TAFE colleges are eligible for five days of paid leave per year to attend trade union training (TUT).

To comply with TUT leave requirements applicants must:

  • Submit applications to DoE/principal four weeks prior to the event.
  • Provide DoE/principal with a printed copy of the course program attached to this form.
  • Be nominated by the SSTUWA. See “nominated audience” on the attached course program.

The school will not be charged for the salary of the person attending trade union training - this is covered by the DoE.  However, if a relief teacher is required, this is funded through the school's one line budget.

For school administration
When processing TUT leave applications:

  • Ensure staff attending training have selected TUT Leave in HRMIS.
  • Project code 1471 will be generated within the payment system.

Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia

This training relates to the following standards :

Standard 1 – Know students and how they learn
Standard 4 – Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Standard 6 – Engage in professional learning
Standard 7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community