Workshops & events

Delivered by experts in early childhood business and practice.

Astute’s workshops and events will ensure that the investment in your people will be returned to you tenfold.

Our events are designed for early years professionals to:
  • learn new things, challenge old habits and extend their knowledge
  • think critically about their practice and business operations
  • identify ways to resolve business problems
  • create a solid plan that will lead the centre to be a sustainable business, and
  • test new ideas and learning while at work.

Each and every one of our events is designed with adult learning in mind. We provide a complete learning experience that will change your business and practice over time. Guaranteed.

We promise a little something for everyone…our sessions are built to bring teams together, to have professional conversations about the things that matter – our practice with children, and creating a thriving and sustainable business into the future  – and to get you all on the same page. Now that’s pretty spesh!


Upcoming events

In Focus Workshop – 16 & 17 March 2020

The Studio, Paddington

In Focus is a brand-new, exclusive workshop held at a beautiful and intimate venue, The Studio in Paddington, Brisbane. Numbers are capped and attendance is exclusively by invite-only.

This two-day workshop offers two senior members ‘childcare business thinking and team discussion time’ plus planning and strategising for a successful year ahead. It has been designed specifically for owners, leaders and managers of early childhood centres.

Guided by Mel Comerford, throughout this practical workshop, you will walk away with an annual operational plan and your first 90-day plan of action to get you closer to where you need to be. Everything you do is confidential (you do not need to share with others) but be prepared to have some fun, be willing to learn and ready to work hard.


How to register

Please register your interest in attending the In Focus Workshop here. If accepted, you will be notified by email and an invoice will be provided for payment to complete your registration. If accepted, you will be notified by email and an invoice for $1495 +gst per person will be provided for payment to complete your registration. Please note: maximum of two leaders will be accepted to attend each In Focus Workshop.



Please contact the team at Astute Early Years Specialists for more information on 1300 928 228 or

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.