Conference 2019


WHAT: New Zealand Home Based ECE Association Conference 2019

WHERE: Chateau On The Park-Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton

WHEN: 21 to 22 September, PLUS Managers Day on 20 September


Managers Day: 9am to 4pm approx. (includes networking lunch)

Day 1: 9am - 5pm approx. (includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea) with registration desk open from 8am

Dinner and entertainment from 7pm onwards

Day 2: 9am - 1pm (includes morning tea)

Keynote Speaker announcements:

 We are pleased to announce our first keynote speaker is Lisa Terreni. Lisa is a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington's School of Education, teaching in the early childhood education and primary degree programmes, and  we're delighted she will be joining us for the 2019 Conference!




Our next keynote speaker has been confirmed as Huhana Carter from the University of Canterbury. Photo and bio to follow.

 More details about the full line up will be announced shortly!


This year's Conference kaupapa is ‘Stories of identity, language and culture’

Homebased early childhood education in Aotearoa is a unique context that supports the identities, languages and cultures of all children. Our bicultural curriculum affirms and celebrates cultural difference and aims to help children gain a positive awareness of their own and other cultures. We need to nurture a place to stand together, our belonging place, our turangawaewae.

At this conference we aim to speak to the past, present and future of our ākonga as global citizens in a rapidly changing and increasingly connected world.

Come and join with us as we hear and tell the stories of identity, language and culture, ensuring we give the children opportunities to connect with place, land and nature to ensure this is written in their stories and in their hearts.

Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti ka ārahi i ā tātou mahi

(Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work)

Call for abstracts for 2019 Conference

Help us fundraise some much needed $$$ to help run the conference by purchasing your Entertainment Book through the Association - click here for more info.

To be involved in sponsoring or supporting the event in any way, please contact for further details - thank you for your support!


Please click here for a discounted link that will offer 10% off the best available rate at the time of booking


Read more about the hotel's Hilton Honors program here


Event Date: 
Friday, 20 September, 2019 - 15:00