Early Childhood Advisory Council

The Early Childhood Advisory Council has been established to foster a stronger partnership between the ACT Government and the early childhood education and care sector.

The Council will run for an initial two year term and include a range of representatives across the sector:

NameInstitution Area of representation
Ms Cathy Hudson (Chair) Policy Advisor and Deputy Chair ACECQA Board Independent Chair
Ms Natalie Howson (Deputy Chair) Director-General, ACT Education Government
Mr Simon Bennett Anglicare Not for profit and early childhood
Mr Darren Black YMCA Canberra Community not for profit
Ms Bernadette Carbin YWCA Canberra Community not for profit
Ms Alice Castrission Catholic Education Catholic Education
Mr Peter Curtis Australian Education Union – ACT Branch Peak body
Ms Joanne Garrisson Association of Independent Schools ACT Independent Schools Association
Ms Sandy Leitch Early Childhood Australia Peak body
Ms Lee Maiden Communities@Work Community not for profit and Family Day Care
Mr Bruce Papps Northside Community Service Community not for profit
Ms Reesha Stefek Woden Early Childhood Centre Independent not for profit
Ms Lisa Syrette AIS Site Services Branch Independent not for profit
Ms Symmone Turner Preschool Teachers Professional Association Professional association

The initial work of the Council will be to provide advice to the Minister on proposals that arise from the Early Childhood Strategy and the Future of Education conversation, which are both currently in development.

The goal of the Council is to bring together the diverse parts of the education and care sector for collaborative input and advice to Government. Members have been selected not solely as representatives of their organisations but on the basis of their individual skills and expertise in the sector.

The establishment of the Council presents an opportunity to create dynamic and strong partnerships within the sector, with the ultimate aim to increase access to quality early childhood education and care for every child in the ACT.

The Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development has released a Communiqué on the work of the Early Childhood Advisory Council to date:

Contact ECPolicy@act.gov.au for further information on the Council and the development of the Early Childhood Strategy.

Information on the Future of Education is available via www.education.act.gov.au/school_education/the-future-of-education.