Conference 2021

WHAT: New Zealand Home Based ECE Association Conference 2021

WHERE: Lower Hutt Events Centre - Wellington

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


Managers' Day: 9am - 4pm  (includes networking lunch)

Full programme will be posted in due course


Conference Day 1: 9am - 5.15pm (includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea) registration desk open from 8am

Full programme will be posted 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)

Full programme will be posted in due course

Please note that all programmes are subject to change


Registration for this event is NOW OPEN. Rates are as follows:


Members only

Early Bird rate (until 20 Aug)


Early Bird rate (until 20 Aug)

Members only

Standard rate (after 20 Aug)


Standard rate (after 20 Aug)

Conference incl Managers Day $645.00 $745.00 $745.00 $845.00
Conference excl Managers Day $595.00 $695.00 $645.00 $745.00
Managers' Day Only $345.00 $445.00 $345.00 $445.00

Extra dinner tickets: $75.00

Special offer: buy 5 registrations, get 1 additional registration FREE*

*6th registration must be in the same price category or lower. Email for details

Keynote speakers

Helen Armstrong is an infant and toddler specialist with over 13 years of experience working in the early childhood sector in Aotearoa.

Guided by the work of Dr Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach, Helen is passionate about respectful relationships.

Helen’s mission is to inspire and empower caregivers and educators of young children with these life changing principles and practices.

Keynote topic "Being the Message" (more info to follow)


Kathryn Berkett has her Masters in Educational Psychology, and has certified as a Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics practitioner with Dr Perry. Kathryn has extensive experience in this area.

She has worked and trained in this area for over sixteen years, delivering to a variety of organisations includingPrimary and Secondary Teachers; the Police; Oranga Tamariki; Prisons; Kindergartens; Parents;Recreation Groups; Mental Health Professionals; IRD; Politicians; and Corporates in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

Our kaupapa for this year is “Whakamaua te pae tata kia tina, take hold of your potential so it becomes your reality”: navigating the seas of change to offer high quality home-based early childhood care and education.

The theme has stemmed from a number of changes that the early childhood education sector is working through in light of an ever-changing environment, including the Ministry of Education’s work programme for early learning and the actions that have come from the home-based review and subsequent regulatory review. We’re passionate about working more with our membership to highlight what quality looks like in home-based and how our nurturing, familiar and authentic homes and communities contribute to supporting our tamariki to have the best start in life. The conference programme will encourage and inspire you as service provider managers, visiting teachers and educators to take hold of your potential so that we can collectively continue to grow the model of home-based early childhood care and education as our future reality.

We’re looking forward to bringing you relevant and passionate presenters and facilitators, who will share more about changes afoot for our sector and how we can embrace these in a home-based context while remaining true to our values and philosophies.

More information regarding keynote speakers and sponsors will be posted here in due course.

Please click here for a call for abstracts for 2021 Conference

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, 25 September, 2021 - 10:45