Directors & Leaders

Let's get you back to your team, the children and families.

“Toughest most rewarding job in the world,” can be heard time and time again throughout our profession. This position wears literally thousands of hats, a cape and a crown.  Often all at the same time while jumping buildings in a single bound (well maybe not real buildings, but toy buildings, gates and probably sandpits).

That load of hats can get pretty heavy and those capes sometimes need a wash while the crown needs a polish.

Astute Early Years Specialists are here to help!

We can bring the silvo and laundry detergent but don’t be fooled into thinking we are going to do the washing and polishing – nope not us, we are here to show you how to polish your own crown and wash your own cape.


We have a variety of solutions for every challenge (we don’t believe in one size fits all) and we can talk to you about what solution best fits the person and the problem.  Head over to our ‘what we do’ page to read more or if you really want the Rolls Royce treatment, check out ‘Our signature piece’.

If you are looking for some guidance to hold successful and relevant team meetings then download our freebie ‘Guide to Professional Conversations’ here!  The guide will help you to lead team meetings that your team will look forward to attending.






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.