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Beginning Teacher Conferences and career supports

Registrations are open for the conferences, beginning June 2023. Other supports are also available for teachers early in their career.

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Registrations are open for the 2023 Beginning Teacher Conference series, beginning Thursday 1 June 2023. 

The free conference series is focused on preparing and inspiring new teaching professionals at the beginning of their careers in early childhood education.  

The conferences will help early childhood teachers seek solutions to the issues that are most relevant to their day-to-day work and support them in applying theory in their teaching practice. 

To strengthen the 2023 program, we have updated the conference format to include workshops to support small-group discussions on practice and pedagogy.  

The 2023 conference series is available both online and in person, at the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership in the Melbourne CBD. 

Conference details 

Conference dates are: 

  • Thursday 1 June 2023 (online): 9 am to 3 pm. 
  • Friday 23 June 2023 (in person): 9 am to 3 pm 
  • Friday 25 August 2023 (online): 9 am to 3 pm 
  • Wednesday 25 October 2023 (in person): 9 am to 3 pm. 

Please visit the Beginning Teacher Conferences website to register for the session you’d like to join. 

End-to-end career supports 

The department also provides supports for early career early childhood teachers to underpin the continued development of high-quality practice aligned to the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework

In addition to helping teachers early in their careers, the supports are tailored to assist educators who are upskilling and leading a kindergarten program under ‘funding by exception’ or transitional funding arrangements. 

Visit the program website to access supports, including:  

  • individualised coaching to support the development of practice for early childhood teachers and eligible educators in their first year of practice 
  • Communities of Practice for teachers and educators in their second to fifth years of practice 
  • an Alumni Network to help coaching and/or Communities of Practice participants stay connected and share their professional growth and expertise. 

Find out more 

For further information, refer to Beginning Teacher Conferences and the End-to-end career supports website