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Re-Imagining Childhood will take place in the Adelaide Convention Centre from 6 - 8 November 2017.

Re-imagining Childhood – A conference filled with provocations and possibilities. Delegates will have the opportunity to engage with international and local leaders in early childhood researching the Reggio Emilia approach to inspire and inform early childhood policy and practices in their own context.

International Keynote Speakers from the Foundation Reggio Children – Centro Loris Malaguzzi Scientific Committee including, Professor Carla Rinaldi, Professor Peter Moss and Professor Gunilla Dahlberg will

  • Provoke delegates thinking about the culture of childhood.
  • Challenge delegates to make pedagogical, cultural, social and political decisions to uphold the rights of each child.
  • Support delegates to make visible the competent child, the competent teacher and the competent parent.




The South Australian Collaborative Childhood Project (TSACCP) is a state-wide network that has been developed by the South Australian Government to respond to the recommendations provided by former Adelaide Thinker in Residence, Professor Carla Rinaldi through her report, Re-imagining Childhood: the inspiration of Reggio Emilia education principles in South Australia.

Guided by the principles and objectives outlined in the report TSACCP has been made possible through the collaborative efforts of key stakeholders including the Department for Education and Child Development, Early Childhood Australia South Australia Branch, Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange, Catholic Education South Australia, Association Independent Schools South Australia, University of South Australia and Flinders University.


To provide state wide leadership to strengthen and develop strategic and collaborative partnerships between organisations within South Australia in order to:

  • Advocate for children’s rights as citizens from birth
  • Work in partnership with the Foundation Reggio Children – Centro Loris Malaguzzi and Reggio Children to develop an early childhood approach that builds on highly regarded existing local practices and is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Principles
  • Assert South Australia as a leader of early childhood education and child development, within Australia and the Asia Pacific, by making visible high quality early childhood practices and policies
  • Contribute to the international body of research.

TSACCP is thrilled to host the Re-imagining Childhood – A Collaboration of Local and International Perspectives on Early Childhood conference.



Established in 2011 “The Foundation Reggio Children – Centro Loris Malaguzzi believes that education is a project of participation and for this reason it was born as a Foundation of Participation, open to dialogue with key players at both local and global level interested in education, childhood, promotion of the rights of children.” 

The South Australian government was invited to be a Participating Founder of the Foundation in recognition of the work the government was undertaking to promote early childhood education and as recognition of the collaboration between South Australia and Reggio Children. In October, 2014 South Australia became the only government outside of Reggio Emilia to be a member.


Site Visits







The Re-Imagining Childhood program will feature a range of inspiring and engaging speakers. The South Australian Collaborative Childhood Project are delighted to introduce Professor Carla Rinaldi, Professor Peter Moss and Professor Gunilla Dahlberg who are members of The Foundation Reggio Children Centro Loris Malaguzzi Scientific Committee:

please click on each presenter for further information


Professor Carla Rinaldi

The Foundation Reggio Children Centro Loris Malaguzzi, Reggio Emilia


Professor Peter Moss

Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University College London


Professor Gunilla Dahlberg

Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University


Professor Martin Westwell

SACE Board


Professor Susanna Mantovani

University of Milan-Bicocca


Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney

University of South Australia


Mayor Luca Vecchi

Reggio Emilia


“It is impossible to replicate the Reggio Approach but it is possible to develop a local South Australian approach that has the traces of the Reggio Emilia principles.” (Professor Rinaldi Re-imagining Childhood: The inspiration of Reggio Emilia education principles in South Australia Page 13)

Date: Sunday, 5 November 2017
Time: From 1.00pm
Cost: $80.00 per person

The South Australian Collaborative Childhood Project is excited to offer delegates the opportunity to visit a site on Sunday 5 November 2017 that has committed to researching the Reggio Emilia education principles within their local context.  The visits will provide delegates with the opportunity to hear the team’s research; discuss possibilities and be inspired to have the courage to make the pedagogical, cultural, social and political decisions which will enable to make visible the competent child, the competent parent, the competent teacher.

All buses will depart and return to the Adelaide Convention Centre.



Time: 2pm-4.30pm

Location: Metropolitan Adelaide

Age Range: 4-5 years

Research Focus: Listening to child voice in a nature play pedagogy.

Hackney Kindergarten’s philosophy is founded on a strong image of the child as capable and competent, with children’s voice evident in both indoor and outdoor environments. These beliefs dovetail so well with the nature play ethos and are evident in our continuing nature play journey as we seek to provide opportunities for children to explore, challenge their own capabilities, manage risk, connect with nature and grow as capable, resourceful and resilient citizens.


Time: 2pm-4.30pm

Location: Metropolitan Adelaide

Age Range: Pre-term infants and their families

Research: How do we make the capable, competent infant visible from birth in the context of the neonatal nurseries?’ has enabled critique and change in our practice. We aim to make visible the right of each infant to quality and build an identity of childhood for pre-term infants.


Time: 2pm-4.30pm

Location: Metropolitan Adelaide

Age Range: 0-3 years & 3-6 years

Research: Programs are currently focused on children being active citizens of their community with a voice that can help to inform decision making around them.


Time: 1pm-4.30pm

Location: Suburban Southern Adelaide

Age Range: 3-6 years

Research: Nurturing, celebrating and reinforcing culture in an education, health and family services site. On the site visit you will hear the story of how Taikurrendi was planned and built to reflect the rich history and the present connectedness of Aboriginal people.


Time: 1.30pm-4.30pm

Location: Metropolitan Adelaide

Age Range: 3-6 years (co-located with primary school)

Research Focus: Architecturally influenced by the Reggio Emilia principles this service provides care, education, health, community development activities and family services for families and their young children. And is exploring ways to use this integrated environment to facilitate each child’s deep learning.


Time: 2pm-4.30pm

Location: Metropolitan Adelaide

Age Range: 4-6 years (within a large Reception to Year 12 school)

Research Focus: What role do learning dispositions play in making learning visible to children, families, educators and the broader community?


Time: 1pm-6pm

Location: Barossa Valley

Age Range: 3-5 years & 5-13 years

Research: From bush block to classroom this ELC and primary school is exploring how the Reggio Emilia principles can support continuity of learning for children and enrich community connections.


Time: 2pm-5.00pm

Location: Metropolitan Adelaide

Age Range: 2-5 years (within a large Reception to Year 12 school)

Research Focus: Collaborating with an architect to create early learning spaces influenced by the Reggio Emilia principles this team are researching how the planning cycle can be enriched to ensure they respect and make visible their image of the competent child.


Time: 1pm-5pm

Location: Metropolitan Adelaide

Age Range: 4-5 years

Research Focus: How do children and educators work together as co-researchers? This service has recently carried out extensive renovations in their outdoor learning area.


Time: 1pm-5pm

Location: Suburban Southern Adelaide

Age Range: 4-13 years

Research Focus: Architecturally designed with the Reggio Emilia principles in mind, this school is currently researching the connection between their image of the child and their learning environment.


Time: 2pm-5pm

Location: Metropolitan Adelaide

Age Range: 3-6 years (within an innovative Primary School)

Research Focus: How do we use our integrated early childhood learning environment to make visible our image of the competent child.


Registration is now open.
Early-Bird Registration has been extended and will now close on Monday, 7 August 2017.

The fees outlined above are in Australian Dollars, inclusive of 10% Goods and Services Tax.

Delegates are to register their attendance using the online registration portal. Payment must be made at the time of registration using a valid credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Diners Club). The following processing fees will be incurred:  2.8% for VISA and MasterCard, 3.6% for AMEX and 4.95% for Diners. Please note that debits to your credit card will appear as “All Occasions Group” on your statement.

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The All Occasions Group (encompassing All Occasions Management and All Occasions Travel) complies with all legislation which is designed to protect the rights of the individual to privacy of their information, including the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). Information collected with respect to your registration for participation in this Conference will only be used for the purposes of planning, conduct of the event or communication regarding future events. These details may be made available to parties directly related to the Conference including but not limited to the Department of Education & Child Development (DECD), the All Occasions Group, venues, accommodation and travel providers (for the purposes of room/travel bookings and Conference options), key sponsors (subject to strict conditions) and other related parties as deemed necessary. It is also usual practice to produce a ‘Delegate List’ of attendees at the Conference and to include the individual’s details in such a list.

By registering to attend this Conference, you acknowledge that the details supplied by you may be used for the above purposes. It is your responsibility to ensure that all information provided to the All Occasions Group is accurate and kept up to date. To access or update your information, please email or fax the All Occasions Group on or 08 8125 2233.

By attending this Conference, you grant both the Department of Education & Child Development (DECD) and the All Occasions Group the right to use your image and likeness for marketing and promotional purposes, unless you specifically request removal of the photo or video in writing by emailing your details, the photos details and the Conference name to detailing your request.

In the event of industrial disruptions or natural disasters, the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD), the Organising Committee, and All Occasions Group cannot accept responsibility for any financial or other losses incurred by the delegates. The DECD, the Organising Committee and the All Occasions Group take no responsibility for injury or damage to persons or property occurring during the Conference. All insurance, including medical cover, or expenses incurred in the event of the cancellation of the Conference is the individual delegate’s responsibility.

Attendees are encouraged to choose a travel insurance policy that includes loss of fees/deposits through cancellation of your participation in the Conference, or through the cancellation of the Conference itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The DECD, the Organising Committee, and All Occasions Group will take no responsibility for any participant failing to insure.

Delegates unable to attend the Conference are welcome to nominate a substitute delegate. If there is no one that can be nominated as a substitute delegate, a refund of registration fees, less a cancellation fee of $120 will be made if the written cancellation is received by close of business on 5 October 2017. Registration cancellations received after close of business on 5 October 2017 and up to seven days prior to the Conference will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for registration cancellations received within seven days of the Conference; however a substitute delegate may still be nominated.


The Re-Imagining Childhood program is offering Internationally renowned speakers engaging delegates in thought provoking discussion and innovative thinking.

Click the link below to download the exciting and stimulating program.

*The speakers, topics and times are correct at time of publishing. In the event of unforseen circumstances, the Organising Committee and All Occasions Group reserve the right to delete or alter items in the conference program.


The international keynote speakers from the Foundation Reggio Children – Centro Loris Malaguzzi Scientific Committee including, Professor Carla Rinaldi (Reggio Emilia, Italy), Professor Peter Moss (London) and Professor Gunilla Dahlberg (Stockholm) will attract over 900 delegates. Re-imagining Childhood – will be a conference filled with provocations and possibilities. It promises to bring together early childhood educators, academics, leaders and other allied professionals in an environment of collegiality. We invite you to be an integral part of the Conference by becoming a sponsor or exhibitor. A wide range of options for both sponsorship and exhibition is available for your consideration. Re-imagining Childhood will provide a magnificent opportunity to promote your organisation and its services while also an important event for delegates who are active protagonists in early childhood.

The South Australian Collaborative Childhood Project will ensure that sponsors are acknowledged in preconference promotional material and throughout the conference. We will encourage delegates to visit the exhibition area enabling exhibitors to gain maximum advantage of the opportunity to promote their organisation, services and products. The Exhibition Hall will be open from 8 am each day of the conference. All meals breaks and the conference Welcome Reception will be located in the Exhibition Hall to further provide maximum exposure for exhibitors and sponsors. We encourage you to consider the information in this package and contact Sheila Woodhart at All Occasions Group if we can provide further assistance

For all partnership and exhibition queries, or for any other conference matter, please contact the conference organisers.

All Occasions Group
12 Stirling Street THEBARTON SA 5031
P: (08) 8125 2216


The Re-Imagining Childhood conference will be held at the award winning Adelaide Convention Centre.

North Terrace,
Adelaide, South Australia 5000

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Getting to the Venue

The Adelaide Convention Centre is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre and nestled within the beauty of the Riverbank Precinct, surrounded by parklands and the River Torrens.

Close proximity to the medical hub, entertainment, cultural and sport precinct, the Centre is a short walk to international and boutique hotels and accommodation. Public transport, the Adelaide Railway Station and a taxi ramp are on our doorstep.

The international airport is just seven kilometres from the Centre, making a quick and economic taxi ride.

Three main taxi companies operate in the Adelaide metropolitan area and ranks are located on North Terrace and Morphett bridge, right on the doorstep of the Central and West Buildings.

The historic Adelaide Railway Station is located a 2 minute walk from the ACC , and the Tram stop is just in front of the Railway Station.

The free City Connector bus is an easy way of navigating around Adelaide, look out for bus 98c or 98A. Adelaide is great to tour by bike as well. The ACC is a designated pick up and drop off point for Adelaide Free Bikes – an initiative run by the Adelaide City Council. All you need is a valid driver’s licence, passport or Australian proof of age card!


Accommodation has been reserved in close proximity to the Adelaide Convention Centre with special conference rates when booked through All Occasions Management. Accommodation rooms are limited and allocation will be strictly on a first-come first-served basis. The accommodation availability and prices shown are current at this time; however, they are subject to change without notice in accordance with the terms and conditions of each supplier. Please book your accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please ensure that you read the terms and conditions carefully before completing your registration as terms differ for each hotel.

Contact us

Please contact the Conference Organisers with any queries:

All Occasions Group
12 Stirling Street
Thebarton SA 5031
Phone: (08) 8125 2200
Fax: (08) 8125 2233