The 2016 Queensland Early Education & Care Conference will come to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre from 24 to 26 June 2016.This thought-provoking conference will bring together Australian and international early childhood educators and leaders from across the sector who all have something in common - a passion for working with children and giving them the best possible start in education and in life. In an exciting innovation for 2016, the Conference will join forces with the largest childrens festival in the southern hemisphere, the Out of the Box festival. This will see the conferences Sunday program connecting with the festivals symposium at QPAC with a full day of activities dedicated to 'Our Children'. Educators will be submerged into child focused workshops and performances throughout the day. The annual Queensland Early Education & Care Conference is the largest conference of its type in Queensland attracting more than 700 early childhood professionals. Educators, sector representatives, resource and education partners come together to focus on sharing the most up-to-date knowledge, thinking and practice. The theme of this years conference is Our Children, Our Community and Our Future and the keynote speakers and workshops will be delivered based on the following three streams:Our Children.This strand celebrates and explores the diversity and complexity of children and childhood in contemporary Australia and the implications for early education and care pedagogy, quality and practice. C&K honours the child as competent and capable and has invited speakers from both Australia and abroad, that support raising childrens voices and viewing children as global active citizens. Papers looking at service delivery models that promote child/family/educator collaboration in education and care, inclusion, health and wellbeing have also been invited for the conference. Our CommunitiesEarly childhood education and care services are strongly embedded within the context of a wider community. How can we work more collaboratively to strengthen outcomes and opportunities for children and families? What do effective partnerships look like and how can we work in more innovative ways for positive outcomes? This broad topic may include papers that inform such areas as family and community wellbeing, community design, child friendly communities, family and domestic violence, school partnerships, sustainability and community leadership.Our FutureIn our sector, like most others, we operate in a world of constant change. What should we consider and explore to be ready for tomorrow and beyond for children, families, community, educators, and at a policy level? Possible areas of discussion at the conference may include access to quality programs, sustainability, technology, globalisation, poverty, family complexity, funding, policy directions and social justice, guided by the overarching question -what will the future of early childhood education and care look like?