Connecting Your Voices Together

A Forum for all Early Childhood Education Services from the red centre of Australia to our blue sea.

February 26th – 28th 2020 | Dubbo, NSW AustraliaBook Now

A Forum for all service types.

Early childhood services in rural and remote areas are critical to their communities, and it is vital that the programmes offered are fit for purpose and reflect the needs and expectations of those communities. This Forum is dedicated to all services that operate in a rural or remote location – from the red heart of Australia to the blue sea.  Network and share experiences, knowledge and approaches to providing early education in rural and remote locations.

Speak with Sector Experts

Have the opportunity to meet and discuss your thoughts with leading figures from the early childhood education sector.

Be a voice for your community

Be involved and learn with the opportunity for each of you to contribute to the Forum and continue the conversation.

Get tailored information

Choose from content that is dedicated to your role.

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Our Presenters

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Three Groups:

Leaders, Educators and Administrators

The Rural and Remote Forum will continue to provide information, networking and sharing opportunities for early childhood leaders and managers, and will have new dedicated streams for educators and administrators.

Leaders and Managers

Leaders & Managers

Directors, Educational Leaders , Managers and Committee Members will all benefit from attending the Forum to hear the latest developments impacting the rural and remote early childhood sector. You will hear about the “big picture” issues from government representatives and leading researchers, and participate in engaging facilitated discussions and workshops with sector experts and your colleagues.



The Forum’s Educator stream will focus on sector developments and research that impacts on how you educate children in a rural and remote location. You will join with colleagues to share your challenges and achievements, and to workshop solutions with our guest experts.



For the first time, our Forum has a dedicated stream just for Administrators. We know that particularly in rural and remote areas, Administrators have wide and varied responsibilities and limited access to targeted professional development activities. This is a unique opportunity to hear first-hand what is happening in the sector, and to network and connect with others facing similar challenges to you.

Extra Add-On Events 

Intentional Teaching (2 Hours)

This masterclass will give educators  a better knowledge of intentional teaching in the context of the Early Years Learning Framework. You will explore teaching roles, develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between intentionality and outcomes for children, and broaden your scope for critical reflection of children’s learning and how intentionality can be practiced.

The master class will explore:

  • definitions and understandings of intentional teaching
  • intentionality and teacher roles
  • assessment of learning and intentionality
  • planning to be intentional.
Date and Time Value
Wednesday 26th February 2020 (1:00 pm – 3:00pm) $75 pp
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“Mini” Business Plan (2 hours)

This masterclass will provide an overview of the business planning process. Leaders and managers will learn how a business plan brings together all the information and analysis that supports decision making to direct strategic and operational issues in your service.

By the end of the class, you will:

  • understand the purpose and usefulness of a business plan
  • understand the plan’s connections with the NQF
  • know how your QIP fits in with the plan
  • know the components of a business plan
  • know how to gather the evidence to inform a plan.
Date and Time Value
Wednesday 26th February 2020 (1:00pm – 3:00pm) $75 pp
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Networking Event

Share a special cultural experience with your colleagues.

Spend the afternoon nestled out in the red dirt country of Balladoran with Wiradjuri elder Uncle Ralph Naden.

This will be a unique experience with Uncle Ralph who is dedicated to sharing knowledge and culture to communities across central-west NSW and beyond, and mentoring youth at Yalmambirra Boogijoon Doolin, a cultural school he built right next door to his home.

Continue the conversations after the event with drinks and canapés.

Places are limited – book early.

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Date and Time Value
Wednesday 26th February 2020 (3:30pm – 7:00pm)

Included in the ticket price; Bus transport to and from Balladoran, Cultural experience with Wiradjuri elder Uncle Ralph Naden, including Canapes and Bubbles at Club Dubbo.


Our Program: At a glance

  • Optional Masterclasses

  • Cultural Events

  • Dedicated networking time

  • Special evening celebration event

  • Equine Therapy – hands-on with horses

  • Keynote Speaker: Robyn Moore

  • Educators: Tailored Panel Disucssion

  • Catharine Hydon: Facilitated discussions

  • Workshop with Robyn Moore

  • The Invisible Children Report

  • Keynote Speaker: Nathan Wallis

  • Aboriginal Languages Keynote

  • Child Protection Keynote

  • Dr Jonathon Welch AM

  • More to be announced..

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Our Sponsors


The 2020 CCSA Rural and Remote Forum is sponsored by the NSW Department of Education to support the professional development of Early Childhood Educators operating in rural and remote areas.


The 2020 CCSA Rural and Remote Forum trauma informed care session presented by Emeritus Professor Marjory Ebbeck has been sponsored by the Australian Government – Department of Education, Skills and Employment to support Families and Early Childhood Services who have experienced natural disaster emergency and trauma.

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The Location

Dubbo Rhino Lodge
14L Camp Road

Dubbo NSW 2830

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