AP's & Owners

AP's & Owners
Practical solutions that will increase your profit and do what’s best for children in your service. Yes, this is possible, in fact it's vital for a thriving profitable service.

Centre Managers

Centre Managers
Advice and support to ensure compliance, improve your rating and streamline all of your day to day tasks, all the while the showing the leadership qualities of a superhero.

Educational Leaders

Educational Leaders
Practice and leadership that will change how you think, what you do and how you do it.

Our Signature Piece

Our Signature Piece
A 12 week program that will ensure a vibrant sustainable future for your service - it's what we are famous for and it will make you famous too.



Mel Comerford is a childcare centre transformation expert, with over 30 years experience in the early childhood industry. 

Mel has devoted her career to understanding the early years profession, the many and varied early years service contexts, business problems and needs of the individual communities. Under Mel’s guidance, Astute Early Years Specialists leverage their extensive experience working with early childhood centres throughout Australia to address and resolve issues in the complex landscape that is early childhood.

We know that no two early childhood centres, or community is the same which is why each client is supported in a unique way that addresses the individual needs of the centre, team, issue and location.

Through sound expertise in early years practice, operations and business, our network has the capability and knowledge to support early childhood centres throughout Australia resolve just about any business problem they are facing.

Help make positive, long term change in children’s lives

‘…to transform any situation you need three forms of understanding: a critique of the way things are, a vision of how they should be, and theory of change for how to move from one to the other. ‘ (Robinson, K. pg 58, 2015).

To tap into our special blend of experience, know-how and magic to transform your situation, drop us a line and we will be in touch!

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Astute has been extremely professional and supportive towards our service. Mel has gone above and beyond and worked around the clock to support our team.  

Our service loves the EarlyEd Academy. It is user friendly and is developed to inspire and shape all services and their team, no matter what skill level we are all at. 

From the moment we met Mel from Astute, we felt comfortable with her warm and friendly presence. Mel is professional, takes pride in sharing her experiences and knowledge. We are lucky to have had the opportunity to work closely with Mel and her team.

Simply Sunshine Child Care

Astute, and Mel in particular, really helped me to get my head around my position as Educational Leader at my centre.  I had been in the role for a couple of years with no real direction or clear idea of what my job involved.  Mel worked with me and gave me clear guidelines and processes to put into place to effectively fulfil my role.  I am now an important part of our leadership team and am enjoying empowering the other teachers to consistently reflect on and improve their practice. 

Gena Smith Teacher and Educational Leader at Next Steps Kindy

“Astute,” which derives from the Latin noun astus, meaning “craft, suggests cleverness, mental sharpness, and diplomatic skill”

Every child you teach will teach you something new about yourself and your teaching style.

Teaching is not a skill one collects when you graduate and pick up your qualification; it’s so much more than formal qualifications.

It doesn’t matter what position you hold, what matters is how you hold that position.  That’s true leadership.