If you are service owner, director, team member, principal or teacher and you love and respect teaching, education, care, children and families then you are going to love us and our team of epic (fearless, talented and legendary) specialists.
Why? Because we get it: all of it. Big services, small kindergartens, great (read exceeding) and working towards great – when it comes to early years, we have experienced it!
Director & Founder
Mel is an experienced early childhood professional with more than 25 years working in the early years sector and is passionate about and dedicated to the quality of education & care for all children.
Mel has spent 10 years in senior executive roles with Goodstart Early Learning and C&K Association Limited, both large not-for-profit early childhood organisations that together deliver exceptional early childhood education and care to more than 100,000 children nationally.
As National Manager Professional Capability at Goodstart Early Learning, Mel was responsible for the integration of the delivery of Early Childhood Certificate III and Diploma qualifications
and management of the Goodstart Institute of Early Learning to over 1500 students, and the Professional Practice and Learning & Development functions to 15,000 employees.
At C&K as the Chief Operations Officer, Mel was instrumental in implementing the universal access goals for Queensland by her management of the opening of more than 100 services co-located on state school sites. In addition, Mel oversaw the development of the first independent birth to five early childhood curriculum that was approved for use by the Queensland Studies Authority
As the Acting Chief Executive Officer of C&K Associated Limited, Mel managed and oversaw a budget in excess of $75 million per annum that includes more than 1200 employees and 1500 volunteers.
Mel also has strong experience in working with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities, working with Commonwealth & State government departments and Ministers and other key stakeholders across our profession.
A little bit more about Mel
Co-Founder and Director of Early Childhood Education with ECMS
With over 25 years experience specialising in the education and childcare sector, Kim has held senior leadership roles with large not for profit organisations, lectured at Charles Darwin University and has managed her own consultancy.
Kim has extensive experience in working with governments both Commonwealth and State, as well as other stakeholders across the early years. She has worked with universities in facilitating and actioning research with benefits geared towards the workforce, program quality, children from disadvantaged and / or culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds and evaluation.
Kim is Director of Early Childhood Education with ECMS, a Victorian based Early Childhood organistion. Kim has also held leadership roles with KU Children’s Services where she was Manager, Business Development and C&K Association Limited (Qld) as Education Manager. Within this role, Kim lead the Education Advisory Services, the Equity & Diversity and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Units and the Research & Development department.
Kim was instrumental in the development and publication of the second edition of Building waterfalls – a set of teaching and learning guidelines for educators of children aged birth to three and kindergarten aged children. This publication was subsequently approved by the Queensland Studies Authority.
A little bit more about Kim
Natalie is an experienced marketing, communication, and project management professional, with over 10 years’ experience within the early childhood sector. She joins Astute Early Years Specialists, in the role of Business Manager.
Natalie brings to Astute a wealth of knowledge and experience, from the various roles she has held some of which include; in Corporate Affairs and Governance, at Queensland Treasury Corporation; Professional Capability and Project Integration at Goodstart Early Learning; New Services Coordinator, and Marketing Communications at C&K.
In her role at Queensland Treasury Corporation, the Queensland Government’s central financing authority, Natalie worked across a number of clients in a corporate affairs capacity to deliver outcomes for the client and the State of Queensland.
Prior to this Natalie’s project management skills were put to great use, with the coordination and delivery of national capability programs, and the integration of national projects at a state level.
Natalie has extensive marketing communication, and event management experience both at a corporate level, and a community engagement and local area marketing level. In 2013/2014 Natalie successfully lead the setup and delivery of multiple new kindergarten and long day care services throughout Queensland.
She is passionate about delivering high-quality outcomes, and is always up for a challenge.
A little bit more about Natalie
But this is us now – Astute Early Years Specialists, 10 years of dreams, a lifetime of passion for early childhood and two courageous, chatty, astute women that want to make a BIG difference and change early childhood education and care. From an industry into a profession. Together from the inside out.