Leading wellbeing with Be You in Long Day Care
This online event will connect long day care directors, educational leaders and managers 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 long 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 long day care directors, educational leaders and managers. Places are limited, click below to register.
Date and time
Tuesday 15 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: Renee Wright and Nicole Lees, Be You, Early Childhood Australia
|10.20 am–10.50 am||Keynote address by Tanya Burr, Be You, Early Childhood Australia
Leadership within a Long Day Care context
|10.50 am–10.55 am||Move to discussion session|
|10.55 am–11.10 am||Discussion session
What have been your experiences with mental health and wellbeing so far in Long Day Care?
|11.10 am–11.35 am||Morning tea break|
|11.35 am–12.05 pm||Panel discussion
Be You supporting leaders in Long Day Care
Facilitator: Renee Wright
♦ Rod Soper, Thinkers Inq.
♦ 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
|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 for leaders in Long Day Care
Facilitator: Nicole Lees
♦ Amanda Kidd, Be You, Early Childhood Australia
♦ Jackie Baxter, Mary Bailey House Early Education Centre
|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 Carmen Huser, 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 for your learning community and for yourself?
|2.20 pm–2.25 pm||Move to main stage|
|2.25 pm–2.45 pm||Presentation by Trish Osgood, Be You, Early Childhood Australia
A mindful moment
|2.45 pm–3.00 pm||Q&A and closing remarks
Facilitators: Renee Wright and Nicole Lees
|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
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.
Renee Wright is currently employed as a State Manager for Be You and brings with her extensive experience in early intervention program design and implementation, higher education as well as leading and coaching teams. A teacher at heart, Renee has an interest in social inclusion across the lifespan and how this intersects with race, gender, culture and economic policy. In her spare time Renee loves trying out new cake recipes, going to the cinema and exploring Melbourne’s latest art attractions.
Tanya Burr is a Be You Consultant at Early Childhood Australia. She has worked in the sector for the last 20 years in various roles, including Kindergarten teacher, Long Day Care director and advisor for curriculum, behaviour guidance and inclusion in the early years. Tanya is currently completing her PhD focused on the education and care of children aged birth to three. She is also interested in finding new ways to build a strong culture of professional learning and professionalism within early childhood settings.
Rod Soper is an author, leader and wellbeing researcher. In each of these roles he works towards his vision of helping people—from all backgrounds—thrive and flourish. As a leader, he co-founded the Thinkers.inq play community, which is thriving. As a consultant, he works in the education sector, partnering with workplaces to inspire and support them in building wellbeing communities through organisational change. As a researcher, his recent work led to the founding of ‘The Playing with Gratitude Project’ that has successfully supported over 4000 children, families and educators in building wellness communities of their own.
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.
Jackie Baxter has 30 years’ experience working in Long Day Care services, specifically in the education and care of infants and toddlers. During this time she has learnt much about the importance of the first two years of life and the influence that adults have on very young children’s learning and development. Jackie has been particularly interested in learning about attachment theory and brain development in infants and toddlers. This has led her to create a curriculum for children under two years of age.
Carmen Huser is a Be You Consultant at Early Childhood Australia. She has 20 years of experience working in the early childhood education sector in Germany and Australia. Carmen draws on expertise she gained as an educator of children aged two to six years, a research assistant, a university lecturer and a committee member of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence. In 2013, Carmen moved to Australia to undertake a PhD in Education and graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2018. Her commitment to empowering children’s agency led her to research children’s perspectives of play and their participation rights.
Trish Osgood is a Consultant with Be You. In this role, she supports communities in becoming mentally healthy. Previously, she was an early childhood teacher for over 24 years, working in leadership positions to support early childhood educators, children and families.