Profiles & Interviews

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Educator in the spotlight: Carly Easy

Meet OAC Link Rd St Ives campus director Carly Easy and learn what makes her centre unique.

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Educator in the spotlight: Jessica Hill

Meet Jessica Hill from Sparkways Early Learning Carrum Down and find out why she loves coming to work everyday.

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Educator in the spotlight: Lina Fayad

Lina Fayad from Kool Kidz Mill Park explains why early education is a great career choice.

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Beautiful play experiences at NUBO

There are playcentres all around the country offering family-friendly facilities and activities, and one that really catches the eye, and imagination, is NUBO.

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Educator Showcase: Kool Kidz Narre Warren

Every month we shine the spotlight on an outstanding educator to showcase the wonderful work happening within our community. This week meet the lovely team of educators from Kool Kidz Narre Warren, Victoria, Lisa, Millie, Samantha and Jordynn, who were nominated by the Educational Lead at their service Belinda Harding.

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Educator in the spotlight: Judy Augustine

Meet the delightful Judy Augustine from Starfish ELC in Blackburn South.

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Educator in the spotlight: Catherine Field

Catherine Field from Lightening Reef YMCA Early Learning Centre, Bendigo explains how strong community links ensure better outcomes for children, especially those who have experienced trauma.

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Educator in the spotlight: Jessica Crooks

The Sustainability Champion at Guardian McKinnon, Jessica Crooks, explains what inspires her and how the children in her service benefit from the resident pet.

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The magic of music

Meet musician educator Lil’ Fi who works with children and early educators to encourage a love and appreciation for the magic of music in early learning settings.

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Educator in the spotlight: Reagan Morton

Reagan Morton from Guardian Education’s Clayfield service explains her role in the highly successful Baby Nourish and Baby Welcome projects aimed at giving little learners the best possible start in life.

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Educator in the spotlight: Ebonie Trotter

Educator in the Spotlight: Meet Ebonie Trotter, lead educator at Willow Early Learning Centre in Mudgeeraba.

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Profile – Sustainable Play Preschool

The Sustainable Play Preschool in the Newcastle suburb of Barnsley has built sustainability into every aspect of the service to boost children’s wellbeing and educational outcomes and lessen the environmental impact.

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Come on down to Sippy Downs

Sippy Downs Early Learning Centre in Queensland has a focus on wild play and outside learning experiences for children.

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Educator in the spotlight: Preethi Katekar

Educator in the Spotlight: Meet Preethi Katekar from the Spingvale Service for children in Springvale, Victoria.

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Industry profile: Brent Stokes

We spoke to Brent Stokes General Manager of Little Scholars Group about his professional experiences in early education and what he views as the major challenges facing the Australian early education sector.

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Educator in the spotlight: April Hall

Educator in the Spotlight: Meet April Hall from Kidi Kingdom Child Care Centre in Springfield, Queensland.

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Educator in the spotlight: Kylie Woolley

Educator in the Spotlight: Meet This Kylie Woolley, service coordinator at Active Kids Mascot, Sydney, NSW.

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Industry profile – Guardian’s General Manager of new centres Megan Black

Guardian’s general manager of new centres Megan Black looks at her career trajectory, how she made the switch from law to early childhood and what the post-COVID world has in store for early childhood.

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Educator in the spotlight: Charlene Gebrael

Educator in the Spotlight: Meet Charlene Gebrael from Young Academics Early Learning Centre.

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Educator in the spotlight: Ellen Tsagaris

Educator in the spotlight: Educational Leader at First Steps Early Education in NSW, Ellen Tsagaris.

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Educator in the spotlight: Ali Barry

Early childhood educator Ali Barry is the owner and manager of Nature Play DECD Family Day care in Adelaide. Learn how Ali supports children to evaluate and navigate risk in her setting and the benefits of this approach.

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Educator in the spotlight: Ebony Rayner

Educator in the spotlight: Meet Ebony Rayner from Willow Early Learning Centre in Mudgeeraba Queensland.

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Amazing early childhood services – Chapter two!

COVID-19 Amazing early childhood services – Chapter two!

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Innovation and compassion driving early childhood services response to lockdown

Innovation and compassion driving early childhood services response to lockdown.

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Educator in the spotlight: Robyn Taifalos

Educator in the spotlight: Family day care educator Robyn Taifalos is following a personal dream after moving into the early childhood education and care sector.

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Magda Sanchez - Chiquitos FDC

Educator in the spotlight: This week meet family day care educator Magda Sanchez, from Chiquitos FDC in NSW.

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Karyn Bliss - Goodstart Early Learning Townsville

Educator in the spotlight: Meet Karyn Bliss from Goodstart Early Learning in Townsville.

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James Horgan - Greenwood Scoresby

Educator in the spotlight: Meet James Horgan - Greenwood Scoresby.

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Tiffany Currall - Tiff's House

Educator in the spotlight: Meet Family Day Care Educator Tiffany Currall, who has been providing education and care to children for more than 23 years!

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Beth Borowsky - How yoga benefits children

Yoga expert and qualified early childhood educator, Beth Borowsky from KarmaKidsYoga and The Karma Class explain the benefits of yoga for young children.

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Simone Myskiw - Guardian Blyth Street Early Learning Centre

Simone Myskiw centre manager of the Guardian Blyth Street Early Learning Centre in Brunswick, Victoria describes her innovative children's council concept.

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Julie Madgwick - G8 Early Childhood Expert

Meet the new Head of Early Learning at G8 Education, Julie Madgwick.

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Carlene Cox-Newton - Carlene's Cubbyhouse

Educator in the Spotlight: Meet Carlene Cox-Newton, from Carlene's Cubbyhouse, a family day care service in Queensland.

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In home care reimagined

Meet Andrea Christie-David, the Founder of, Leor In Home Early Learning, which offers families the opportunity to engage an educator to deliver curriculum based education and care to children at home.

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Jae Fraser - Attracting more men to the early childhood workforce

Why is the number of men in early education still so low?

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Lauren Harris - Thumbelina Daycare

Educator in the spotlight: Meet Lauren Harris who works at Thumbelina Daycare in Edgecliff NSW.

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Renae Donovan - 3 Bears Cottage

Educator in the spotlight: Meet Renae Donovan from 3 Bears Cottage in Coffs Harbour.

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Catherine Sansom - Explore & Develop in Lilyfield

Educator in the spotlight: Meet Catherine Sansom from Explore & Develop in Lilyfield, NSW.

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Michele Peden - Big Fat Smile

Meet Michele Peden, the Pedagogical Thinker in Residence (PTIR), with Big Fat Smile.

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Martina Dunkel - Kindoo! Family Flexible Care

Meet Martina Dunkel, founder of Kindoo! Family Flexible Care in Victoria, a wrap-around early childhood service which enables parents to build a program of care which meets their unique needs.

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Tara Carbone - Guardian's Kent Street Early Learning Centre

Eduator in the spotlight: Meet Tara Carbone from the Kent Street Early Learning Centre in Sydney.

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Exciting changes in education

Speakers Steve Sammartino and Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, share their insights into what is happening in education today and how we can harness that to build strong foundations for future generations.

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Karen Armstrong - Kids World Early Learning Centre

Educator in the spotlight: Meet Karen Armstrong from Kids World Early Learning Centre in Werribee.

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Sandy Kimmins - Toowoomba Little School

Educator in the spotlight: Meet Sandy Kimmins the service manager at Toowoomba Little School in Queensland and learn how a mishap with an RTO led to her long and successful career in the early childhood sector.

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Rosanne Pugh - KU Ourimbah Preschool and Children's Centre

Educator in the spotlight: Meet Ms Rosanne Pugh from KU Ourimbah Preschool and Children's Centre.

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Acknowledging Australia's early childhood leaders

Acknowledging the important role of Australia's early educator workforce.

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Natural spaces, risky places

Learn about Australia's nature play revolution and the imaginative, exploratory, outdoor play it affords children.

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Shelley Carlin - Marjorie Mann Lawley Day Care Centre

Educator in the spotlight: Meet Shelley Carlin, director of Marjorie Mann Lawley Day Care Centre.

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Steiner in practice - Honeybee Cottage

A visit to Honeybee Cottage, a Steiner School in practice.

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Belinda MacDonald

Meet nanny extraordinaire, Belinda MacDonald, who offers great advice for anyone considering nannying as a career.

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The hardest question in early childhood - Raising the profile

Learn about changes to the National Quality Framework and National Quality Standard.

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Susan de Kok - Willow Early Learning Centre Mudgeeraba

Educator in the spotlight: Meet Susan de Kok from Willow Early Learning Centre Mudgeeraba.

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Educator in the spotlight: Kellie Tom

Educator in the spotlight: Meet Kellie Tom.

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Service showcase Wynnum Family Day Care

Service showcase Wynnum Family Day Care.

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Child care educator in the spotlight: Almut Weiler Anderson

Child care educator in the spotlight: Almut Weiler Anderson.

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Child care educator in the spotlight: Susan Dunphy

Child care educator in the spotlight: Susan Dunphy.

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Relationships, resilience and risk KU Annual Conference 2017

Relationships, resilience and risk KU Annual Conference 2017.

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Child care person in the spotlight: Nanny Jess

Child care person in the spotlight: Nanny Jess.

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Child care person in the spotlight: Jenni Hutchins

Child care person in the spotlight: Meet Jenni Hutchins CEO of Big Fat Smile.

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Child care person in the spotlight: Karen Garcin

Child care person in the spotlight: Karen Garcin.

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Laure Hislop KU Killara Park Preschool

Laure Hislop KU Killara Park Preschool.

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Meet the new CEO of ACECQA: Gabrielle Sinclair

Meet the new CEO of ACECQA: Gabrielle Sinclair.

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Child care person in the spotlight: Rachel Sydir

Child care person in the spotlight: Rachel Sydir.

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Nominate an amazing educator

Nominations for the 2017 Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards are open.