Early Start Conference

Inaugural Early Start Conference
Wollongong, Australia – 28–30 September 2015

Highlights from Conference 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2015 Inaugural Early Start Conference – what a wonderful time we all had! This video contains some of the social highlights. Looking forward to seeing you again in 2017!

An Invitation

The University of Wollongong is excited to invite you to the inaugural Early Start Conference, to be hosted at our new $44M Early Start research, teaching and community engagement facility in Wollongong, Australia, from the 28th to the 30th of September, 2015.

The Early Start Vision

Early Start is a strategic initiative of the University that recognises the significance of early experiences in shaping life trajectories. It centres on a multidisciplinary approach to exploring the earliest years of life including research pursued in conjunction with national and international scholarly, industry and government partners.

About Early Start

The Early Start Facility, based at the University's Wollongong campus, houses state-of-the-art teaching and research areas as well as public access to a Discovery Space that offers exciting learning experiences for young children and their families. Technological innovations allow collaboration with a network of early childhood education and care centres across regional, rural and remote areas of Australia, connecting communities with researchers and specialist practitioners.

Conference Theme:
Improving Children’s Lives:
Translating Research for Practice, Policy and Community

At the core of the Early Start mission is the goal of improving children’s lives. Our research efforts are founded in a commitment to bringing together academics from across discipline boundaries and working closely with government and industry to improve early childhood policy and practice.

This conference will address the challenges that exist in policy and practice for children, families and educators by exploring current approaches to research in the early years of life and proposing strategies for the future that will both inform and improve work in the field. Target audience: researchers with a focus on investment in young children from the perspectives of education, health, law, psychology, sociology, economics, policy, indigenous affairs, social work and other related areas as well as educators, practitioners and policy specialists.

To find out more, go to the Conference Themes and Program pages.

Keynote and Invited Speakers:

Proudly supported by:

Early Start Foundation Partners

The Abbott Foundation logo
IMB logo
Big Fat Smile logo

Keynote Sponsor

Creswick Foundation logo

Gold Sponsor

Goodstart Early Learning

Silver Sponsors

Illawarra Area Child Care logo
Community Child Care Cooperative logo
Shire Child Care Centres logo

Gala Dinner Sponsor

HESTA logo

Event Supporters

Early Childhood Australia logo
Playgroup NSW logo
KU Children's Services logo
Independent Education Union NSW ACT logo
Harper Collins Publishers Australia logo
Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand logo
Pademelon Press logo

Host City Partner

Destination Wollongong logo

Our Conference Supports

Imagination Library logo
Hope Global logo

Sponsorship Prospectus