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Do you have a permanent headache and furrow in your brow? Can’t sleep with worry? Don’t know what you don’t know? Well, you are not alone but you do need to act – children’s lives depend on you.

Owning a service is a large responsibility and a huge commitment to many people.  The health and wellbeing of the children and your team members must be your priority and at the forefront of your mind, while the trust and respect of your parents and the community is critical to your success.

Let’s not forget that your viability and marketability can depend upon:
  • the rating your service receives from the Regulatory Authority under the NQF,
  • the word of mouth in your community, and
  • what parents and families are saying about you online and to their friends.


Then, there are so many laws, rules and regulations – what happens if one slips through the cracks and you are no longer compliant?  No wonder so many service providers think it’s all too hard or place too much pressure on the director to be a superhero.

Astute Early Years Specialists understand the complexities service providers face daily.  Your service has a unique context and so needs an individual solution to the challenges you experience.  This can be multiplied if you have more than one service or can become very complex if your services have challenges or contexts that differ from each other.

Want to know how we can help?  Give us a call on 1300 928 228 for a confidential discussion or have a quick look at some of what we offer:


We promise, that if we don’t know the answer, we will either find out or find you someone that can help you through our network of trusted friends.


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.