Our Early Childhood Education Expert Reference Council consists of an independent group of experts in early childhood policymaking, research and practice. It provides early childhood education sector input, guidance and advice to both the Steering Group and the Evidence for Learning team. The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Expert Reference Council meets three times per annum.
ECE Expert Reference Council Members
- Professor Karen Thorpe (Chair) - Deputy Director of Research, Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), The University of Queensland
- Myra Geddes (Deputy Chair) - General Manager Social Impact, Goodstart Early Learning
- David Ansell - CoLab Co-Director of Policy, Telethon Kids Institute
- Jane Bourne – Queensland Branch President, Early Childhood Australia and Chief Executive Officer, The Creche and Kindergarten Association
- Rebecca Goodhue - General Manager, Capacity Building at the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
- Jane Hunt - CEO, The Front Project
- Simon Kent - Public Policy Fellow, University of Melbourne
- Rhonda Livingstone - National Education Leader and General Manager, Educational Leadership, Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
- Dr Grant Webb - Executive Director Strategy, Innovation and Programs, Early Childhood and Community Engagement, Queensland Department of Education
- Danielle Toon - Associate Director, Evidence for Learning
ECE Expert Reference Council Terms of Reference
An independent group up of experts in early childhood policymaking, research and practice to provide advice and guidance to both the Steering Group and the Evidence for Learning team. It is comprised as an expert group with a mix of leaders across the Australian early childhood education sector.
It meets three times per annum but individual members are available throughout the year for advice.
Its duties are:
- Input to E4L’s business plan and annual operating plans in relation to early childhood education
- Advice on how to improve research engagement, mobilisation and use of evidence to improve decision-making in the sector
- Promoting and advocating for E4L’s work and cultivating potential endorsers, supporters and partners of E4L within the sector
- Informing means to measure the impact of the Early Childhood Education Toolkit
- Informing future directions of E4L early childhood education work post 2020