Call for Papers - Queensland Early Education and Care Conference | C&K - childcare and kindergarten

Call for Papers - Queensland Early Education and Care Conference

29 June - 1 July 2018

Inspiring Imagination | Cultivating Language | Celebrating Diversity

The annual Queensland Early Education and Care Conference, Brisbane, is the largest conference of early childhood professionals across Queensland attracting over 700 delegates.   Educators, sector representatives, resource and education partners come together to focus on sharing knowledge, thinking and practice.

Presentations selected for the Conference will be determined by a panel of C&K staff based on information provided in the Abstracts submitted and the criteria below. The panel appointed for reviewing the Conference papers includes partners from an academic institution. 

Key Dates:

  • Call for Papers open: Now Open!
  • Call for Papers close: Friday 24 November 2017
  • Confirmation to present:  Advice will be provided by the end of 2017

The factors that determine whether a paper is accepted are:

  • the overall quality of presentation
  • its relevance to the audience

It is advisable that you:

  • ensure that your paper fits the themes and it’s relevant to the audience.
  • submit original content describing new concepts, practical applications and improvements to existing practice.
  • ensure that the work is well developed and is practical for educators to use in the future.
  • clearly show how your work is relevant for educators in the early education and care sector.
  • write clearly, prepare your content professionally, and make sure your information is accurate, up to date, and referenced.

Please submit your application based on the following three areas:

1. Inspiring Imagination

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”  ― Albert Einstein

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) embraces the importance of play, children’s agency and children’s rights. At a time when there is increasing emphasis on data, facts and academic skills, ECEC values the creative process and the child’s experience and exploration of their ideas, imagination and creativity to make meaning of their world through many languages of expression. 

Michel Vandenbroek (2017) in his keynote address at EECERA Conference (2017) argues that objective scientific facts matter, but so do opinions. While facts do matter, the questions that seem to be missing are: Which facts matter? For whom? Who says so? Who benefits? And ultimately: Who gets to decide what early childhood education is for? (Vandenbroek, 2018)


This strand explores the following areas:

  • Ways of seeing
  • Arts
  • Social justice
  • Play-based programs; Play-based pedagogies
  • Imagination and creativity


2. Cultivating Language

Language identifies who we are and where we come from. We use the languages we speak to express all that we feel and know. When we lose a language, we lose the unique knowledge and perspectives of the people that speak it.

(Reconciliation Australia  Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, &  Jack Buckskin, 2014).  

This strand explores the following areas:

  • Languages and Identities
  • Early literacy – more than reading and writing
  • Language learning in families and communities

3.  Celebrating Diversity

‘Educators who are culturally competent respect multiple cultural ways of knowing, seeing and living, celebrate the benefits of diversity and have an ability to understand and honour differences’ (EYLF: p.16)

It is important to remember that every family is individual. They are not a culture. In contemporary Australia there are many cultural variations. We need to respect the diversity of families and communities and the aspirations they hold for their children.

We need to uphold all children’s rights to have their culture, identities, abilities and strengths acknowledged and valued. We need to be particularly careful not to group cultures according to where they come from, or use stereotypes.

Most cultural groups have many different languages, dialects, sub-cultures and practices within each group.

(Celebrating Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Services | Diversity in Practice, 2011)

This strand explores the following areas:

  • Does every child feel they belong? How do you know?
  • Relationships
  • Ethics - how many differences are you open to?
  • How does your history impact on you? How does your history impact on me? (Phillips, 2012)

We are working hard to design an inclusive and stimulating program. Educators, researchers, academics, and preservice educators are encouraged to share innovative practices, research methodologies and findings, with a focus on enriching relationships and collaborations. The conference provides a platform for critical reflection on the roles that imagination, languages and diversity play in the early childhood education sector.

Most delegates will make a short symposium paper presentation in a themed group of three papers, but there are a number of other ways in which to participate in the conference including posters, self organised symposium, or simply being a delegate.

Selection Criteria:

  • Addresses themes of conference
  • Practical hands – on workshop, with a practical tangible outcome
  • Relevant to Educators and contemporary to the sector
  • Improve knowledge and skill development
  • Challenge current thinking and practice
  • Provides new insights to educators
  • Innovative and engaging presentations
  • Strengthens Parent/Guardian – Educator relationships                                                                                                                                                       

Presenter Information

Please identify which of the three conference themes your paper contributes to directly:

  • Inspiring Imagination
  • Cultivating Langauge
  • Celebrating Diversity

Type of presentation

  1. Presentation/lecture (Keynote presentations for larger groups) – 1 hour
  2. Workshop/interactive session (practical hands on workshops for smaller groups) – 1 hour

Title of presentation

  1. Abstract:  Please attach a summary of your presentation – no more than 300 words)
  2. This presentation is pertinent to: (Please indicate one or more)
  • All service types
  • Family day care/In home care
  • Long Day Care
  • Outside School Hours Care
  • Kindergarten
  • Integrated Services

The abstracts must be specific and reflect the intended contents of the paper as the Abstracts will be used as the speaker description in the conference program. Please ensure Abstracts are specific and address one of the streams identified from Inspiring Imagination, Cultivating Language, Celebrating Diversity.

As consideration for services to be rendered by the presenter, The Queensland Early Education and Care Conference (Creche and Kindergarten Association) will provide the Presenter a complimentary one day conference registration on the day of their presentation only. All information provided by potential Presenters will be managed in accordance with C&K's Privacy Policy. 

All submissions must be made via the form below, and any enquiries please contact

Contact Information
Presenter Information
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