The Power of Participation – Free Children’s Week Webinar for Early Education Professionals

28 October 2020 @ 16:00 - 17:00 Meerilinga Perth, 6000

Join us on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th October 2020 for a Two-Part Webinar series exploring the Power of Participation.

Reserve your free tickets here

This free Children’s Week Webinar for Education Professionals celebrates the 2020 theme, highlighting a Child’s Right to Choose their Own Friends and Safely Connect with Others. As Educators, we often witness the importance that connection can have on the social and emotional development of children. This webinar will provide information to help educators supporting children to safely connect with others in these challenging times.

Associate Professor Dee O’Connor from the University of Notre Dame will lead an online Webinar, available for viewing on Tuesday, 27th October. The presentation will focus on the notion of connection and belonging in the early years, and the importance of children participating with their community. Dee will discuss opportunities for early childhood and primary school educators to expand their toolkit and use strategies that may help reduce anxiety and increase the resilience of children in learning environments.

Following the lecture, we welcome you to join us the following day on Wednesday, 28th October from 4:00pm – 5:00pm for a live panel discussion. With special guest speakers Cheryl Kickett-Tucker Research Fellow at Curtin University and Founding Director of Pindi Ltd, Amie Fabry from the Department of Education, Caroline Heeris of Meerilinga and The Commissioner for Children and Young People, Colin Pettit, the panel will discuss the importance of connection, communication and participation in the early years. This discussion invites the thoughtful contribution of the audience and encourages the engagement of fellow educators to stimulate an engaging dialogue. Presenters will provide practical strategies and tips for creating safe and secure early childhood and primary school environments for children, families and staff.

Tuesday, 27th October 2020 – Webinar released

On Tuesday the Power of Participation Webinar presented by Associate Professor, Dee O’Connor, will be released and available for viewing. A link will be sent to all registered attendees via email. Watch the webinar in a time that best suits you and form any questions that you may have on this topic and email marketing@meerilinga.org.au 

Register for your link to the webinar here

Wednesday, 28th October 2020 – Live Panel Discussion

Following the lecture, please join us Wednesday, 28th October from 4:00pm – 5:00pm for a live panel discussion.  The Panelists will answer any questions sent through to marketing@meerilinga.org.au and attempt to respond to additional questions during the session.

Register yourself and your team for your free tickets and a link to the Webinar as well as the Q&A session will be emailed to attendees.

For more information, please contact Melanie from Meerilinga, by email melanie.willows@meerilinga.org.au

The Children’s Week WA 2020 Professional Presentation is convened by Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation and supported by the WA Department of Education and Lotterywest.

About the Panelists

Associate Professor Dee O’Connor

Dr. Dee O’Connor is an Associate Professor of Education at The University of Notre Dame, Australia. Dee has an extensive professional background of pedagogical and leadership roles within Early Childhood Education policy and practice.  Dee’s research interests relate to holistic early learning and development, learning environments, outdoor learning and nature pedagogy, play pedagogies, the play to inquiry continuum and the development of higher order thinking skills, particularly critical and creative thinking.  View Dee’s TEDxTALK on Developing Creativity and Innovation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozNo1tSARh8

Commissioner Colin Pettit

Colin Pettit is the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA. He was appointed in November 2015 for a five-year term. Colin has spent his career working to improve the wellbeing of children and young people, particularly in delivering education services and programs to children and young people living in regional and remote areas of the State.


Amie Fabry

Amie Fabry is the Project Consultant of Universal Access at the Department of Education. Amie has diverse experience in different sectors of Early Childhood Education, both as a Teacher at Perth Primary Schools and as a Lecturer at Edith Cowan University. She is currently a PhD student in Early Childhood Pedagogical Leadership as well as Secretary for Early Childhood Australia.


Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker

Professor Kickett-Tucker is a highly respected Traditional Owner, research academic, community development practitioner and children’s fiction author.  She is a proud Wadjuk Noongar Aboriginal from Western Australia with traditional ties to Ballardong and Yued peoples. As well as completing her PhD (Edith Cowan University, Perth), this year Professor Kickett-Tucker was recognised for her significant service to tertiary education and the Aboriginal community and was awarded the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours as a Member of the Order of Australia.

Caroline Heeris

Advisor of Integrated Education and Children’s Week, Early Childhood Teacher and Lead Trainer & Assessor for Meerilinga Training College, Caroline has more than 20 years of active experience in the Early Childhood industry.