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ECTA Group Office Bearers

Chair: Kim Walters
Secretary: Julie Wright
Treasurer: Kristy Grott


ECTA Cooloola Regional Group
C/- Kim Walters
20 Hilton Rd Gympie 4570


Monthly social gatherings/meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month. Contact Kim at cooloolarg@ecta.org.au for the venue for our next meeting.

Members will be informed of these via email (you must notify us if your email address changes).

Members are invited to attend free workshops and social gathering.

Workshops and/or videolinq programs will usually be held during each school term. An all day conference is held Bi-Annually.

All Aboard Gympie Region Campaign

See links below to our All Aboard Gympie Region website and Facebook page to support parents in our community to identify the importance of the early years.


Webinar Group Viewing

We always have a regional gathering for each webinar.


Playing with numbers it is more than just counting!

Playing with numbers gives children, in their environment, opportunities to see numbers, explore counting, work out quantities, know the position of numbers, use numbers for labelling, explore patterns, learn about equality and informally, and confidently add, subtract, multiply and divide. Come and experience this workshop as we investigate ways to create learning environments that immerse children, from Kindy/Prep to the formal years of school, in all aspects of numbers to lay a strong foundation for mathematics.
Judith trained at the Brisbane Kindergarten Teachers College and furthered her skills by securing qualifications to support children with impairments. She has worked as a preschool teacher, advisory teacher and numeracy adviser for the Year Two Diagnostic Net.

Recently she was a curriculum writer specialising in early childhood mathematics, contributing to the production of teacher resources such as the Year One Numeracy Learning statements, Preschool Curriculum Guideline, Outcomes Mathematics Curriculum and the Essential Learnings. She has also written pre- and post-graduate courses for universities. Throughout her various roles she has often provided professional development.

Age range taught: Kindy & Prep & Lower Primary
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 1,2,3,6 | NQS Quality Areas: 1,5

Louise Dorrat - 17 September 2015

Thursday 17 September
Come to PD and stay after for dinner.
Gunabul Homestead.
ARRIVAL 3:30pm
If you have booked in for a meal after the PD (by phoning Gunabul on 5482 3107 order your meal choice on arrival)
Bar open for purchases.

SESSION 1: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Building children's resilience in this risk-averse world
Age range taught: All age groups (0 to 8 year olds)
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 1, 3 4 NQS Quality Areas: 1, 2, 3, 5

5:30pm - 6:00pm break Wine & Cheese

SESSION TWO: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Music and storytelling in an inclusive environment
Age range taught: Pre-Kindy - Grade 3 (2.5 to 8 year olds)
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:1, 3, 4, 5 NQS Quality Areas: 1, 2, 3, 5

Wednesday 11 February 2015 Bruce Sullivan I love change! and Your best YOU!

James Nash High School Performing Arts Centre, Myall Street Gympie

sponsored by ECTA Cooloola Regional Group & Early Childhood Teachers' Association (ECTA QLD)

SESSION 1: 4:15- 5:45pm I LOVE Change! How To Keep Your Sanity In Rapidly Changing Times!

5:45 - 6:15 Break with refreshments
SESSION TWO: 6:15 - 7:45pm Your Best YOU! Inspiring Greatness In YOU and OTHERS!

Little Kids Day Out 2015

Archived Meetings and PD

Click the link below to see past events for this and previous years

1/3/14 Iain Hodge Elaborating on how children learn

Following up from Iain first PD session held in 2013.
Session 1: Perception, what does that really mean
Morning Tea Supplied courtesy of ECTA QLD
Session 2: Working memory, the pathway to long term memory
Lunch Supplied courtesy of ECTA Cooloola Regional Group
Session 3: The 5 W's
Australian Professional Standards: 1,2,3,5

Maggie Dent - Wilma and why the basics matter

Maggie Dent ECTA Tour sponsored by Early Childhood Teachers' Association (ECTA)
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
at James Nash High School
Performing Arts Centre, Myall Street Gympie

More children than ever are arriving in our schools with one or more developmental delays and this creates a "gap" that is almost impossible to overcome throughout the school journey. Using the metaphor of a wise grandmother or aunty, Wilma the wallaby, Maggie explores back-to-basics, common sense wisdom in her role as a guide for parents of children under six. She discusses what is essential for babies and toddlers and how meeting these needs allows children to thrive and be ready for school and life.

26/2/14 All Aboard: Laying the tracks for confident communicators

We take talking so much for granted that it is easy to underestimate the impact it has on so many aspects of development and our daily life. It can be seen as the acquisition of vocabulary and grammar - a knowledge of the rules which govern our language (English) and growing accomplishment in using language. Or it can be seen as one of the major underpinning skills for successful social interaction, emotional development, behaviour and self-management, classroom learning and literacy / numeracy. It isn't just about words or clear articulation. But it is about world knowledge and social connectedness. Basically it is about getting on with those around us and achieving our full potential.

Doctors believe that everything boils down to health and well-being; Schools believe it is all about literacy and numeracy; OTs might think that it all goes back to basic toilet training.

Keyword Signing PD by Kristie Moore Speech Language Pathologist

For teachers working with children with limited vocabulary and / or lower level comprehension.

When: 13 & 27 February 3:45 - 5:30 PM (consecutive sessions)
Where: Gympie West Prep K Classroom
Cost: $40

All Aboard Gympie Region AEDI Funded Events

Please click link below to go to the All Aboard Gympie Region webpage.

7 August 2013 ECTA Videolinq 4PM TAFE

Link to registration form below

30/5/2013 iPad App Sharing Day

Time: 4pm - 5:30
Venue: Cooloola Christian College Prep Classroom
Bring: BYO a plate to share and iPad if you have one.

Coffee Van in attendance (ECTA Cooloola funded)
IWB will be available to connect your iPad to display the App.
Certificates of Attendance issued

RSVP to cooloolarg@ecta.org.au