Category Archives: Conferences

6th National Conference – inspiring

Over 140 delegates (and mascots!) celebrated our  6th National Conference, Climb Every Mountain: Songlines and Singing. Aunty Carol Cooper and Aunty Jacinta Tobin welcomed us to Country, and set the scene for two days of learning, practical workshops and fun. The Blue Mountains three levels of Government were  well represented by Cr Romola Hollywood, who welcomed delegates at a Civic Reception, Hon Susan Templeman, who opened the Conference with Aunty Carol and Aunt Jacinta, and Trish Doyle MP. who opened our Principals Forum. Thank you to our Keynote Speakers, Aunty Jacinta Tobin, Dr Marina Kalashnikova (Western Sydney University), Dr Amanda Howard (Newcastle University), and Kerry Dominish (CEO – Early Start) and the 30 workshop presenters. And our Conference Dinner wouldn’t have been so successful without the Blue Mountains Ukulele group and the generosity of Carrington’s Brewery!

2017 Conference registration now open!

6th Early Literacy Conference.

Climb every mountain: songlines and singing.

Paint the Town REaD Ltd together with our co-host, Paint the Blue REaD invite people interested in early literacy, children’s singing and collective impact in Aboriginal and/or mainstream practices to attend this Conference. We will be meeting on Darug and Gunungurra traditional lands.

3–5 May 2017
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba NSW

Registration for this exciting event is now open. Click here to find out more.

2017 Conference Sponsorship Now Available!

We invite you to become a proud sponsor and be part of our 6th National Conference. This will give your organisation great exposure as the conference aims to bring together professionals from a wide range of disciplines supporting families with children 0-5years across the country. Our expected audience will include staff working in the following sectors:-

  • Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Library Programs/Services
  • Vulnerable Communities/Early Intervention & Prevention
  • Aboriginal Communities
  • Multicultural Communities
  • Schools
  • Local Communities

To find out more click here

2015 Conference – Making Waves, Early Literacy and Collective Impact

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We have celebrated an inspiring Conference with 200 delegates from across Australia. Many delegates have already reported back on what they are planning and have already implemented from the Conference.

Conference highlights included a workshop for Mayors led by Wollongong’s Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery, inspiring keynote speakers, fun and thought provoking workshops, creative posters and many opportunities to network and share ideas and enjoy Wollongong’s warm hospitality.

Many many thanks to Paint the Gong REaD’s Conference Committee partners, led by the irrepressible Tracey Kirk-Downey,  Wollongong City Council’s Children’s Services Manager, and the hardworking University of Wollongong and TAFE student volunteers.

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You can now download Conference presentations from the 2015 Conference tab.

Advance Notice Fifth National Early Literacy Conference

Making Waves: Early Literacy and Collective Impact

25–27 March 2015 in Wollongong

Put these dates in your diary now!

Come and join us — whether you’re from the city or the country, work in early childhood, libraries, child and family services, volunteer in a Service Club, or you’re a strategic planner in your government position. Or if you just want to learn about how to get started painting your community REaD.

Bright Spark logoWe’ll share great ideas, have fun, plan new strategies, as well as enjoy the Gong’s seaside hospitality. So start thinking about whom you’d like to invite, what you’d like to find out and what you’d like to share.

Your hosts are Bright Spark the Mascot with Paint the Gong REaD
and Paint Shellharbour REaD.

To register your interest email conference@paintthetownread.info

Enquiries

Tracey Kirk Downey 0409 849 463

or Barbie Bates 0487 887 008

Download Advance Notice pdf here.

Fifth Early Literacy Conference

Our Fifth Early Literacy Conference will be taking place in March 2015 in Wollongong NSW. Watch this space for dates and details.

During 2014 we will hold Regional Training Days. Again, watch this space for dates and details.

And in case you’re wondering, our Fourth Annual Early Literacy Conference was held across two venues — Warren in country NSW and Merrylands, Sydney in September 2013.