National Early Years Summit 2020 - 11-12 March 2020, Melbourne

28 November 2019

Join the National Early Years Summit 2020 and help build an initiative that will benefit generations of young Australians.

CHA are proud to be partnering in the National Early Years Summit 2020, hosted by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). It is understood that the first 1000 days of life is a significant window of time for children and the need to do more is clear. The National Early Years Summit will build on the knowledge of what works for babies, toddlers and young children, identify the gaps, and focus on acquiring the knowledge to fill those gaps and apply it to get the best outcomes for children.

For more information on the Summit, click here

ARACY has announced  National Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell to deliver full and frank Early Years Summit Keynote:

Outgoing National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell will give a full and frank report on how our children are faring, what’s working, and what’s not, when she delivers the keynote address at the National Early Years Summit 2020 in Melbourne this March — shortly before standing down after her second term.

“While most children in Australia are doing well, there is always more for us all to do,” Commissioner Mitchell said. “We know that, despite their best efforts, too many families are struggling because there are not enough jobs, or because of illness, or more recently because of drought and bushfires. As a society we need to recognise that these families, and especially their children, are not to blame. We need to put ourselves in their shoes. We need to recognise that they are human beings with rights who need our help.

“Our government and non-government sectors are not doing this well enough. As the outgoing National Children’s Commissioner I look forward to being able to report on my observations without fear or favour.

"I am struck by the fact we have to do more to help our youngest Australians realise their potential right now and into the future. That’s why I’m looking forward to the Early Years Summit and being able to help set the scene for the work it will set out to do.”

Commissioner Mitchell's final report can be viewed here:

The Summit is being held 11-12 March in Melbourne. It is designed so that all participants can work together on shifting the roadblocks that frustrate us daily and that stop evidence-based policy being implemented to improve the lives of babies, toddlers and their families. 

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You can apply to participate as a Knowledge Translator

Knowledge Translators are a number of key individuals who will help transform their table's discussions into talking points for further workshopping and discussion.
Successful Knowledge Translator applicants will also qualify for a $200 discount for the Summit registration. For further information on becoming a knowledge translator, please email or visit the web page here

IMPORTANT – if you wish to take advantage of the Knowledge Translator discount please ensure you apply to become a Knowledge Translator and receive your discount code BEFORE registering for the Summit. 

Please allow up to 5 working days after submission for confirmation about your application to participate as a Knowledge Translator. 

The country's leading thinkers and practitioners in child wellbeing have signed-up to be part of the Summit's work — hear why they think you should sign up, too.