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Infant and Toddler Advocacy Network Australia

Our Latest Workshops

ITANA is hosting a series of fundraising workshops throughout Eastern Australia with the aim to raise money to support two of our Pikler Colleagues from Hungary to present a new piece of research in ENGLISH at the European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference (EECERA).

There has been amazing research conducted over the years but this is rarely translated into English.

ITANA is committed to advocating for the respectful treatment of infant and toddlers in Australia and its surrounds.  Studies such as 'Accompanying the free playing activity of infants and toddlers in the Pikler pedagogy - a study in the Emmi Pikler Daycare Centre' which will be presented by our Pikler Colleagues at the EECERA Conference, support the wide adoption of respectful practice in group and home settings across Australia.

We hope you will be able to support our fundraising efforts by attending one of the upcoming workshops. These will be presented by ITANA Board members; experts in the field of early child care education and/or parenting at select locations in QLD, VIC and NSW.


ITANA is an infant and toddler advocacy network influenced and underpinned by the respectful approaches of Dr Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber in early childhood settings and families around Australia. Our advocacy work is demonstrated through professional learning and development, networking, mentoring and support.

ITANA is always striving to:

Connect educators and families

To professional and family networks

Enhance access

To learning opportunities for educators and families


For the very young child

Professional Development

Provide opportunities and support to expand awareness of best practices in caring for infants and toddlers.

Board Members


Dr Katherine Bussey

Director, Chair

Emily McDonald

Director, Vice-Chair

Kate Russell

Director, Committee Member

Fiona Veld


Suzi Holland

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