The workshop facilitators are:
Anne Stonehouse AM has been an early childhood professional for over 46 years and has worked as an independent consultant for over fourteen years. She has authored numerous resources, including books, videos, training kits, articles and booklets on a variety of topics in early childhood education and care. She was a member of the Charles-Sturt-University-based consortium that wrote the national Early Years Learning Framework. Since its launch in 2009 she has been involved in many projects related to the EYLF and the nature of excellence in pedagogy, particularly with under three-year olds. She adapted Jim Greenman’s What Happened to MY World? for the Australian context.
Anne initiated and chaired the national Working Party for Early Childhood Australia (ECA) from 1988-1990 that developed the original Code of Ethics. In recognition of her contribution to children and children’s services, Anne was appointed a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia in 1999.
Michelle Gujer is the Manager of the Children’s Programme at Gowrie Victoria-Broadmeadows Valley. A 30-year career in leadership and management of early childhood services in a range of different communities signifies her commitment to fostering the development of educators through supportive leadership, mentoring and shared decision making to lead change that enriches team development. Michelle has experience in supporting vulnerable communities and is committed to building community partnerships and engaging families as children's first educators. She believes these relationships are fundamental to enrich a community approach to support teaching and learning and ensure best possible outcomes for everyone.