ECE Conference: K-2 (TUT) Well-being, Workload and Work-life Balance for Early Childhood Teachers

19 places available

Start:  Friday 16 September 2022 - 9.00am

Finish: Friday 16 September 2022 - 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 focus for this conference is to continue to support the well-being of educators in our ECE environments.

The context and the challenges we have all lived through, have had particularly significant impacts on teachers’ mental health and well-being. The conference speakers will provide top practical strategies and ways to support each other, return balance to life, and to be or stay well. Join your fellow ECE educators for a day of learning and development and ensure all aspects of your life remain in balance.

Opening Keynote Speaker: 
Peta Slocombe-Psychologist, Author, Coach, Speaker

Most of our bodies’ stress responses were intended for a sprint response.  Covid for front line workers has been an ultra-marathon.  Peta will talk about how our biology and the personality variables most common to helping professionals.

The context we have all lived through, have had particularly significant impacts on teachers health and wellbeing. We will look at the top practical ways to support each other, return balance to life, and to be or stay well.

Peta Slocombe has presented, published, coached and trained internationally, and has a passion for changing the way we think about and manage wellness at work. Peta was the creator of Australia’s Biggest Mental Health Check-in and Co-founder of the One Million Lives initiative.

Featured Speaker:
Kylie Bice: Teacher, Scholar, Consultant, Director- Growing Up Greatness

Their Chaos, My Calm - Staying well and professional when the behaviour around us is a challenge

Teaching is a demanding profession, and as well as being curriculum and assessment specialists, we also need to maintain our professional demeanour when some students, parents and even colleagues may behave in a way that cause us concern, anxiety or ongoing stress. This workshop explores the causes of disruptive or negative behaviour and works with participants to explore our own triggers, responses and self-management strategies.

Participants will learn how to recognise and predict behaviours that are likely to cause us stress, and how to manage our responses to these in the immediate, short-term and long-term as we continue to maintain our wellness in order to be the best educators we can be.

Breakout Workshops:

  • Mindfulness, Resilience and Work/Life Balance - Ian Crosby
  • Assertiveness: Getting the Balance Right - Vanessa Herbert
  • Rights, Entitlements and Your New Agreement - Cherry Bogunovich and Sharmila Nagar

Afternoon Keynote Speaker:

David Koutsoukis:    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Building Teams that Click - Why you click with some people and others drive you crazy.

Teamwork is essential for any team, but quality relationships and great teamwork don’t just happen. People need to understand the unique dynamics of their team and know how to bring out the best from the different types of people. This fun presentation reveals simple yet powerful processes to help you identify different work styles quickly and communicate with them effectively.  Discover the Four Rules of Relationships and learn how to reduce conflict and improve communication in your team.  You will receive a complimentary pack of CLICK Colour Discovery cards created by David as part of this session. 


$ 130 : Members
$ 265 : Non-Members


Morning tea and lunch provided.

Nominated Audience

Early Childhood Educators K-2 Members and Non-Members

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