Leading wellbeing with Be You in Family Day Care
This online event will connect family day care service coordinators, managers and leaders to help them increase awareness about the importance of mental health and develop a culture that supports educators, children and families in achieving their best possible mental health and wellbeing.
This event will also explore how Be You can assist family day care services in developing mentally healthy communities, and explain how mental health links to Quality Improvement Plans, service context and initiatives.
This event is free for family day care service coordinators, managers and leaders. Places are limited, click below to register.
Date and time
Thursday 3 September 2020
10.00 am to 3.00 pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
|10.00 am–10.20 am||Acknowledgement of Country, welcome message and program overview
Facilitators: Deborah Yates and Shona Doyle, Be You, Early Childhood Australia
|10.20 am–10.50 am||Keynote address by Deborah Yates and Juanita Wilson, Be You, Early Childhood Australia
Be You in Family Day Care: Supporting planning and reflection
|10.50 am–10.55 am||Move to discussion session|
|10.55 am–11.10 am||Discussion session
Your experiences so far in Family Day Care
|11.10 am–11.35 am||Morning tea break|
|11.35 am–12.05 pm||Panel discussion
Be You supporting leaders in Family Day Care
Facilitator: Deborah Yates
♦ Michael Farrell, Family Day Care Australia
♦ Judy Kynaston, Be You, Early Childhood Australia
♦ Geri Sumpter, Beyond Blue
|12.05 pm–12.10 pm||Move to discussion rooms|
|12.10 pm–12.25 pm||Discussion session
Mini action planning: Which domains and modules?
|12.25 pm–12.30 pm||Move to main stage|
|12.30 pm–12.55 pm||Panel discussion on leader perspectives
Babies and toddlers: Specific considerations in Family Day Care
Facilitator: Shona Doyle
♦ Angela Williams, Ngala Bright Stars Family Day Care Service
♦ Amy Pace, Fraser Coast Family Day Care
|12.55 pm–1.25 pm||Lunch break|
|1.25 pm–1.30 pm||Welcome back|
|1.30 pm–2.00 pm||Keynote address by Sandy Clark, Be You, Early Childhood Australia
Leader wellbeing: Mine, yours, ours
|2.00 pm–2.05 pm||Move to discussion rooms|
|2.05 pm–2.20 pm||Discussion session
What’s next in leading wellbeing?
|2.20 pm–2.25 pm||Move to main stage|
|2.25 pm–2.45 pm||Presentation by Nicole Lees, Be You, Early Childhood Australia
Mindfulness: What, why and how
|2.45 pm–3.00 pm||Q&A and closing remarks
Facilitators: Shona Doyle and Deborah Yates
|3.00 pm||Close of event|
Please note: changes to the program can be made at any point at discretion of the event organisers.
Facilitators and speakers
Debbie Yates is a State Manager for Be You at Early Childhood Australia. Her previous experience includes teaching across both early learning and primary school settings. She has also worked as a manager at a range of community organisations with a focus on supporting families and children. Debbie holds post graduate qualifications in management (non-profit sector) and training in counselling.
Shona Doyle is an early childhood professional currently employed as a Be You Consultant. In this role, she supports early learning services in growing strong, mentally healthy communities. She first experienced child care and education in action while travelling on a Scottish double-decker bus that was a mobile playgroup. This piqued her interest and she went on to work in many childcare services, including Family Day Care. Shona recently completed her master’s degree in Human Services from Griffith University with the aim of providing community knowledge and strength to early years education practice.
Juanita Wilson is a Be You Consultant at Early Childhood Australia. She has extensive experience in the child and family, early intervention, disability and youth health sectors. Juanita studied at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University and has qualifications in early childhood education and care, mental health and counselling, as well as program evaluation and research. She ran a Family Day Care service for a number of years and has worked within the federally funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health initiative: ‘Closing the Gap’. Juanita is passionate about social justice, early intervention, inclusive practice and community development.
Michael Farrell is the Policy and Advocacy Manager at Family Day Care Australia. Michael has worked in this role for over 10 years, given his background in social policy analysis and his keen interest in advocating for the rights and wellbeing of children.
Geri Sumpter is the Head of Be You Delivery at Beyond Blue. She is responsible for the delivery of the national ‘mental health in education’ initiative to early learning services and schools. Geri has an extensive career history, with a background in public health, health promotion as well as workplace health, safety and wellbeing. She has held significant leadership roles focused on stakeholder engagement, relationship management and the application of whole-setting approaches to improve health outcomes. Geri is passionate about helping individuals and communities achieve their best possible mental health.
Judy Kynaston is the General Manager of Be You, a mental health initiative for schools and early learning services. Judy’s extensive work experience includes leadership roles in a variety of early learning settings and community organisations, as well as delivery of training to the early childhood sector. Her experience also extends to advocacy and policy aimed at improving the lives and wellbeing of young children.
Angela Williams has worked in the community sector for the past 34 years, supporting early intervention, disability and mental health. Angela currently manages a Family Day Care service. She travels to rural and remote communities to support and provide training to educators and families. Angela is married and has four children and five grandchildren. She holds a Diploma in Education and Care. She is a member of Family Day Care WA and the Midwest Early Years Network.
Amy Pace is one of the owners and operators of Fraser Coast Family Day Care, located in South East Queensland in Hervey Bay. Amy has a strong hands on approach as she works across all the service roles from Approved Provider, Nominated Supervisor, Coordinator, Educational Leader and Assistant Educator.
Sandy Clark is a Be You Consultant at Early Childhood Australia. She has had extensive and varied experience in early years education and mental health promotion, through her work as a social worker and teacher. Sandy is committed to promoting and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and families, and she has a special interest in educator wellbeing.
Nicole Lees is a Be You Consultant at Early Childhood Australia (ECA). Nicole’s experience includes educator and leaderships roles, consultancy and research. She has worked in the education sector in Japan, South Korea and Australia. This experience across three different countries got her interested in the significance of wellbeing and led her to a Master of Childhood and Youth Studies degree, focusing on early childhood wellbeing and spirituality. Nicole’s research has been published in the NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal and she has written for ECA’s Research in Practice Series.