Best Start, Best Life Educational Leaders Conference 2023

Looking back on the successful first edition of the new conference for Educational Leaders.

Presenter in front of audience, with a screen behind that says 'International perspectives of pedogogical leadership'.

The inaugural Best Start, Best Life 2023 Educational Leaders Conference on Wednesday 15 February 2023 brought together more than 2,000 early childhood Educational Leaders, experts and practitioners from across the state.

The department’s conference organisers were thrilled to see how enthusiastically attendees embraced the event, which we hope provided a valuable new professional development opportunity for Educational Leaders.

The conference theme, ‘Evidence for impact: giving children the best start’, encouraged strong, evidence-informed discussion about early childhood education, with world-renowned experts and leading practitioners sharing their thoughts.

In addition, the conference looked at the critical role of quality practice in the Best Start, Best Life reform, and the role of educational leaders in guiding the delivery of 2 years of high-quality play-based learning for Victorian children.

The conference, hosted by journalist Ellen Fanning, built on the significant expertise of attendees to enhance their professional development and connect with colleagues.

We hope attendees returned to their services with new perspectives on their contribution to high-quality early childhood education and care and their critical role in supporting the next decade of reform here in Victoria.

Links to videos from the conference will be available in a future edition of Early Childhood Update.

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For further information about the reforms, refer to Best Start, Best Life.