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)

The focus for our Managers' Day is Wellbeing and Leadership - we will have engaging guest speakers (including Viv Shearsby and Victoria Kees), and interactive activities and open conversations throughout the day to guide and inspire you, as well as ample time for networking and group discussions.

We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker for Managers Day is Julie Woods, inspirational professional speaker and coach, but you may know her better as 'that blind woman'! A formidable person who has never let the loss of her sight hold her back - we look forward to hearing her stories, insights, and her experiences, to help us see change as opportunity in our own lives.


Conference Opening Ceremony: Friday 20th September 5-6pm. Please join us for a complimentary drink and nibbles, as we open our 2019 Conference and hear from guest speaker Hon. Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education.


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

Please check the links to the left for details of the workshops and programme details

Our ​​AGM will be held at 4.30pm - all members are encouraged to attend


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

Please check the links to the left for details of the workshops and programme details

Please note that all programmes are subject to change

Keynote Speaker announcements:

Our keynote speaker for day 1 of conference has been confirmed as Huhana Carter. Huhana is of Ngai Tahu descent and has worked in the ECE sector for 40ish years.
She is passionate and dedicated to her work, believing she operates at grass root level, to deliver PLD across the ECE sector. Her passions and interests are in Te Ao Māori (te reo nga tikanga) and Te Taiao (natural environment, all living creatures and resources).

 We are pleased to announce our day 2 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! Click here to see what she will be sharing with us during her keynote session. Lisa will also be offering a workshop session on day 2.

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)

Thank you to our Sponsors for this event:






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