Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions are now closed

Nature-based ECE. Vibrant and vital!
Te kōhungahunga pūtake taiao, he ngākau hihiko


There are eight workshop themes in 2017:

  • Nature and the young child
  • Who am I? Culture and identity and its importance in ECE
  • Leadership in early childhood education. Learnings and discussion
  • ECE as a vital part of the community 
  • Teach and watch the children grow
  • Infants and toddlers. Addressing their specific needs
  • Management toolbox
  • Place-based Pedagogy in ECE

Abstract guidelines

Try to keep it brief. You need to convince the abstract panel in your first sentence to read on.

Conference delegates will assess their workshop choices based on how well you describe your main idea and what they can expect to get out of the presentation e.g. resources, new evidence to improve practice. 

Please provide a short biography for each presenter - two sentences maximum per presenter.  

Please choose the theme that directly relates to your abstract.

150 word maximum word count for each abstract.

10 word title limit e.g. Emotion, the good, the bad and the ugly works. Diverse conversations drawing upon a longitudinal study into the pedagogical leanings of services in the Andes and beyond, is too long-winded and won't work either in print or on the website.

Provide your full first and last names and preferred title e.g. Ms, Dr, Associate Professor. This helps our conference organisers know who the contacts are for workshop arrangements.  

Design your presentation carefully. i.e. always allow at least 15 minutes for discussion/questions and time for the next presenter to set up.

Select either a practitioner workshop or a research presentation.

Conference delegates select (and evaluate!) their conference experience based on the quality of your abstract.    

Choosing your session type and duration

Specify your session details. There are two options:

60 minute practitioner workshop. This will be a discussion based, practical, hands on experience that delegates will use in their daily mahi with learners, e.g. the participants will go away with templates, something they have constructed or designed like a leadership pathway for aspiring leaders.

60 minute research presentation that is based on a recent publication, postgraduate research, journal article or is a requirement for your academic work.        

When you fill in the abstract details online please state your equipment requirements e.g. PowerPoint, audio (DVD), whiteboard.

Submitting your abstract

Please submit your abstract by Friday 17 March 2017 through the abstract portal. Save time and use the abstract template provided. Click on the link below to submit now!

You will receive confirmation by email when your completed abstract has been received. 

The review team read and assess over 90 abstracts. The review period takes approximately four weeks and is completed by the end of March /early April 2017.

Whether your abstract is selected or not, you will receive notification from the conference organisers.

Please note that your conference registration must be completed and paid for (or your abstract will be removed from the programme) - 26 May, 2017. Early bird registration closes - 16 June, 2017.

There are significantly reduced registration fees for workshop presenters. Organisation members also receive a large discount on registration. To become a member now click here!