Professionalism, paperwork and pedagogy: Leading professional practice in long day care

By Jane Bourne


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National Quality Standard
QA7Governance and Leadership
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
6Engage in professional learning
7Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


Jane Bourne
Jane Bourne is an early childhood professional who has taught and led within diverse ECEC settings. She is currently the CEO of Lady Gowrie Qld, which delivers a range of education and care services throughout Queensland. Jane is also President of ECA (Qld Branch). Jane’s extensive experience has allowed her to pursue her passion for...
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Prof. Karen Thorpe
Karen Thorpe is Deputy Director-Research at the Institute for Social Science Research where she also leads the Childhood Development, Education and Care Research group.  Her research focus is early childhood education and care environments; particularly the interplay of ECEC quality and the ECEC workforce.   In 2013 she was named by the Australian Financial Review as...
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Assoc. Professor Susan Irvine
Susan Irvine is an early childhood professional with diverse work experience, including leadership roles in ECEC service provision, policy and higher education.  Current research interests include: ECEC policy, leadership in ECEC and workforce development. Susan is an Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at Queensland University of Technology.


This on-demand webinar is a panel discussion with Susan Irvine, Karen Thorpe, and Jane Bourne and explores leadership approaches and strategies for professional practice in long day care. Informed by study funded by the Queensland Department of Education which examined the early childhood education and care workforce, the webinar focuses around the question, ‘what does professional practice mean to you?’ specifically examining how directors can demonstrate and support professional practice within long day care settings.


After completing this webinar you will learn:

  • What the term professional practice means to you
  • How centres enable professional practice
  • The difference enabling leadership makes

Duration: 1 hour

This webinar is available for free when registering for an ECA Learning Hub account.