Reform: An opportunity for action and advocacy

By Associate Professor Fay Hadley and Catharine Hydon



National Quality Standard
QA4Staffing arrangements
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
7Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


Catharine Hydon
Catharine Hydon is the Director and Principal Consultant at Hydon Consulting. She has a master’s degree in early childhood education and extensive experience in the sector.
Assoc. Professor Fay Hadley
Fay Hadley is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and the Director of Education at the School of Education, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.


It may seem as though the early childhood sector has been the subject of constant reform over the past two decades, and really it has! With the design of national curriculum frameworks and the introduction of the National Quality Framework, along with reforms around child care subsidies and kindergarten funding, early childhood professionals may feel as though their heads are spinning. While the constant changes do present some challenges, it is important to also view these through a lens of opportunity and advocacy, particularly as we learn more about quality in the early childhood sector.

In this course, Catharine Hydon and Fay Hadley discuss:

  • how to use data and evidence to support continuous quality improvement
  • a selection of recommendations and implications from recently reviewed documents and their potential impacts on early childhood education and care settings and professionals
  • how early childhood professionals can actively engage in advocacy for reform.


Duration: 1 hour