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ECTA Group Office Bearers

Chair: Deb Hay
Secretary: Keriann Reissenberger
Treasurer: Tracey Town


ECTA Townsville Regional Group
C/- Keriann Reissenberger
13 First Ave. Railway Estate, Townsville Qld 4810


Contact Christien on the email address above for more information or to join the group.



Maggie Dent Tour

9 August 2014
Calmness, Silence and Stillness in Children's Lives
sponsored by
Early Childhood Teachers' Association (ECTA) & ECTA Townsville Regional Group
Saturday 9th August 2014 at Hermit Park State School Hall entrance McKimmin Rd Hyde Park
Certificates of attendance will be issued on the day to all who RSVP by 27th June 2014

Maggie is a sought-after and popular keynote presenter because she is an excellent "info-tainer", informative as well as entertaining. Maggie presents her message - based on evidence-based research - in a real, compassionate, often humorous and inspirational way that makes the learning truly memorable. Maggie is a passionate communicator and committed humanitarian and her background in ABC radio means her presentations are always professional and powerful.


Louise Dorrat

Individual photos in gallery

Registration: 12.30pm- 1.00pm
Session: 1.00pm - 3.00pm
The Importance of Calmness, Silence and Stillness in Children's Lives
Today's world is full of the immediacy of a busy life and it is impacting on children. This seminar explores the what, the why and most importantly the how of calming our children. You will learn about self-regulation, how to calm hyperactive children and all about stress in children's lives. You will discover the cognitive, social and emotional benefits of silence and stillness and how it will bring you immediate benefits in your centre and school. Maggie also explores building mindfulness in young children, which will help with their ability to interpret and interact more positively with their world. (Linked to EYLF Outcomes 1,2 & 3)

Details on form below

9 Things - A back-to-basics guide to calm, common-sense, connected parenting Birth-8

You are invited to attend a presentation by Maggie Dent.

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

9 Things
A back-to-basics guide to calm, common-sense, connected parenting Birth-8
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. Maggie explores the role of healthy parenting - with a back-to-basics, common-sense exploration of what is essential for babies and toddlers in order to allow children to be able to thrive and be ready for school and life. Maggie uses the metaphor of wise "Aunty Wilma" throughout this presentation to guide parents of children birth-8 while she explores the 9 Things that really matter when making decisions in children's lives.

When:Saturday 9th August 2014

Where:Hermit Park State School
Hall located at end of McKimmin Rd Hyde Park
Time:4.00- 6.00pm (registration from 3.30pm)

Cost: gold coin donation

HOW TO REGISTER: registration is essential as numbers will be limited by venue capacity. Please email townsvillerg@ecta.org.au with the name of people you wish to register (please type registration in the subject line of email) .You will receive a confirmation email and registration number - this will be your ticket.

ECTA Townsville off to a flying start in 2014!

Vicki Degenhart from Mt Lousia C&K gets friendly with a 4 year old salt water crocodile and Ranger Dan from Hands On Wildlife.

ECTA Townsville had their first meeting for the year, and it was decided that existing Office Bearers remain in their positions for the year. Future planning for Maggie Dent's upcoming visit in August was discussed, and topics chosen - stay posted for more information! A visit from Ranger Dan from Hands On Wildlife saw everyone getting friendly with reptiles, whilst learning how such a visit can benefit their children and centres.

Sue Southey Sings Up A Storm In Townsville

Sue, second from left, with ECTA Townsville's office bearers Keriann, Tracey and Leanne

The entertaining and educating Sue Southey ran a series of music workshops for ECTA Townsville and their Early Years colleagues. The first weekend in November saw many gather to enjoy and learn not only some new music ideas, but Sue's behaviour management tips for running an effective session!

Excellent Professional Development - thanks Robin Grille!

ECTA Townsville welcomes Robin Grille

ECTA Townsville recently hosted workshops for Educators by Robin Grille, entitled "Love, Fear and Shame in Education" & "Connecting with your toddler and child". Robin Grille is a father, psychologist in private practice and a parenting educator. His articles on parenting and child development have been widely published and translated in Australia and overseas. The workshops were enjoyed by all!
Keep an eye out for a follow-up session by local local play therapist/child psychologists who will do a question and answer session. More details soon!