Keynote Speakers

The Family Day Care Australia 2018 National Conference will showcase not only some of the industry’s leading professionals but also a familiar faces amongst the sector.

We are excited to announce our keynote speaker line up for the conference.

Keynote Speaker

Maria Aarts: Founder and Director of the Marte Meo International Network (Holland)

After working in 1974 as a specialist for children with autism in a residential Child Psychiatry Institute in the Netherlands, Maria had an epiphany from an interaction with a child with autism and his mother which led to the development of Marte Meo program. 

Marte Meo is a film-based interaction analysis Basic Information program that is used in over 43 countries and provides detailed and practical information to parents, carers and professionals on supporting the social, emotional and communication development of children, in daily interaction moments. 

The aim of the Marte Meo programme is to identify, activate and develop supportive interactions that will support the child's developmental process in daily interaction moments.

The Family Day Care Australia 2018 National Conference will provide delegates with a rare, first-hand experience to delve into the Marte Meo program with Maria.


Dr Sandy Farquhar: Director of Early Childhood Education at the University of Auckland

Dr Sandy Farquhar is Director of Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland. Sandy began her career as a kindergarten teacher in New Zealand, then worked in publishing for six years before returning to her career in education.

She has taught at the University for more than fifteen years across a range of programmes in liberal arts and early childhood teacher education. Her current interests are in embodied teaching, wellbeing and teachers’ work.

Sandy has published widely in the areas of early childhood and narrative theories. Her main research area is philosophy of early childhood education. She has a variety of teaching and research interests including early childhood curriculum and pedagogy, philosophy of education, early childhood politics and policy, childhood studies and theories of narrative identity. 


 Guest Speaker

Hayley Lewis: Olympian, entrepreneur and Australian icon

FDCA is excited to announce that three-time Olympian, Hayley Lewis will be joining us as a guest speaker at the FDCA 2018 National Conference.

Hayley rose to fame in 1990 by winning five gold medals at the Auckland Commonwealth Games. Not only is Hayley a well known Australian icon, she is passionate about empowering women to be entrepreneurs.

Having embarked on several business ventures of her own, Hayley was inspired to write her first book “Dream, Believe, Create. A Woman’s Guide to Small Business.” Hayley’s book is a no-fuss, simple guide to starting a business from the ground up, while staying motivated and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.


Gala Dinner MC

Jay Laga'aia: Actor, musician and entertainer

FDCA is pleased to announce that Jay Laga'aia will be joining the FDCA 2018 National Conference line up as our Gala Dinner Master of Ceremonies.

Jay is a much-loved Play School presenter, children’s entertainer, accomplished actor and has also performed his original music with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, WA Symphony Orchestra and SA Symphony Orchestra.

Jay is a proud father of eight children and we can't wait to welcome him to the FDCA 2018 National Conference Gala Dinner.




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