Conference 2021

WHAT: New Zealand Home Based ECE Association Conference 2021 - Stories of Connection – Who am I in this place?

WHERE: Lower Hutt Events Centre - Wellington

WHEN: 25 to 26 September 2021, PLUS Managers' Day on 24 September 2021


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


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

Details of workshops and programme details will be posted here in due course

Our ​​AGM will be held on day 1 - all members are encouraged to attend


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

Details of workshops and programme details will be posted here in due course

Please note that all programmes are subject to change

The kaupapa for our conference is Stories of Connection – Who am I in this place?

We know that children learn best when they learn at their own pace in relationship with people, places, things and time. “Te Whāriki places the child in the centre of the curriculum – as the learner engaged with the learning environment, surrounded by various levels of learning: home, family, and the service; the adult environment and networks; and the nation’s beliefs and values about children and their learning and development.” (Lee, Carr, Soutar and Mitchell; Understanding the Te Whaariki Approach.)

To enable us to support the child as a learner we need to understand their story, who they are, their place within their whanau, past, present and future, their story of their language, culture and identity. With these funds of knowledge we can support them in their sense of belonging in our homebased ece settings, and in their wider community and world. We can weave the child’s story to connect with our own stories, connecting our values, perspectives, cultures and languages. From this place of belonging children can flourish and grow as competent and confident learners.

Come and join with us as we hear and tell the stories of diversity, perspective, culture, nature and belonging. We aim to provide provocations that inspire you to connect your own story of identity with those of the children in your care and inspire you to weave these into the fabric of your own local curriculum.

Whiria te tangata​ - Weave the people together

Broad topics to be covered in our workshops:

  • Inclusive practice – do I see myself here? Do you see me?
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Nature play and sustainability
  • Learning environments
  • Art and stories of our communities

More information regarding Keynote Speakers and Sponsors will be posted here in due course.

Call for abstracts for 2021 Conference and accommodation options in the area will also be posted here shortly.

Accommodation: Our conference venue this year has no in-house accommodation, however there is no shortage of places to stay in Lower Hutt - see attached for a list that the venue has provided to us.

Should you prefer to stay in central Wellington, we will have complimentary bus transfers to/from the venue on the Saturday and Sunday for delegates to use, and pickup points will be advertised in due course.

We are pleased to recommend Rydges Wellington to delegates - simply call their reservations team on 04 499 8686 or email for more information,

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!

Event Date: 
Saturday, 19 September, 2020 - 10:45