Early Years Learning Framework

About Heather

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About Heather

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training

Life Member of Gowrie Victoria
Member of the Victorian Children’s Council since 2011
Member VEYLDF Project Board (Ex Officio)
Member of Early Childhood Australia

Heather was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service to early childhood education.

Heather works as a trainer and consultant throughout Australia, assisting educators on their professional learning journey. She believes that the National Quality Agenda is the most significant development for early childhood education and care in decades and feels privileged to assist educators in their understanding of the requirements of the NQS and the Frameworks and to identify quality improvements.

Heather delivers workshops and key note addresses at conferences in many parts of Australia. She is contracted by individual services, local government and the Professional Support Coordinators in various states and territories as part of the Inclusion and Professional Support Program funded by the Department of Education.

Heather has supported many child care centres and other early childhood services by providing consultancies, workshops and/or conference presentations in:

    Ballarat, Bairnsdale, Bendigo, Echuca, Geelong, Hamilton, Leopold, Melbourne, Mildura, Point Cook, Port Fairy, Portland, Sale, Seymour, Swan Hill, Traralgon, Warrnambool, Werribee, Winchelsea, Wodonga,

    Alice Springs, Darwin, Jabiru, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek, Yulara,

    Atherton, Ayr, Bowen, Brisbane, Cairns, Charters Towers, Cooktown, Cooya Beach, Weipa, Mt Isa, Mossman, Port Douglas, Mareeba, Yungaburra, Croydon, Georgetown, Normanton, Karumba, Ingham, Innisfail, Tully, Townsville, Mission Beach, Magnetic Island, Mackay, Rockhampton, Surfers Paradise, Toowoomba,

    Albany, Bunbury, Brookton, Broome, Busselton, Carnarvon, Denmark, Derby, Dunsborough, Esperance, Fremantle, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Katanning, Kununurra, Mandurah, Margaret River, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northampton, Perth, Port Hedland, Wyndham,


    Burnie, Devonport, Hobart, Launceston,

    Albury, Broken Hill, Newcastle, Orange, Sydney, Wollongong, Adelaide, Port Augusta,

    Christmas Island,

    Cocos (Keeling) Islands,

    Falkland Islands

Recent Contracts

  • Facilitator of Assessor Training (Field Test and Phase Two) for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations delivered in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth (2010)
  • Writer and co-facilitator of Part One of DEEWR’s Train-the-Trainer Assessor Training (2012)
  • Presenter of professional learning sessions for Authorised Officers in Victoria, Queensland, ACT and NT - contracted by the Regulatory Authorities of these jurisdictions (2011 - 2014)
  • Writer for Early Childhood Australia’s NQS PLP (Professional Learning Program) e-Newsletters, moderator for the on-line forum and Facebook, writer and presenter for ‘Documentation and Planning’ – Talking About Practice video.
  • Presenter for Early Childhood Australia’s Early Years Learning Framework Professional Learning Program Workshops throughout Australia (2011)
  • Facilitator and mentor for the City of Melbourne's Child Care Coordinators’ Network Group and the Second-in-charge Network Group (2003 – 2013)
  • Member of the National Childcare Accreditation Council’s Quality Advisory Group (2008-2011)

Career Highlights

  • Shackleton Scholar to the Falkland Islands
  • Manager of Training and Resource at Gowrie Victoria
  • Moderator and Reviewer Trainer at National Childcare Accreditation Council
  • Program Coordinator for Child Care Studies at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
  • Lecturer and Tutor in Early Childhood at Phillip Institute Victoria
  • Early Childhood Teacher in the ACT and Melbourne

Phone: 0419 800 161
Email: heather@heatherbarnes.com.au

Early childhood consultant