Nicole is currently the Executive Manager, Early Learning at Gowrie Victoria and member of the committee of the Victorian branch of Early Childhood Australia.
She has previously been a Board member of the Early Learning Association of Australia (now a life member). Nicole has worked as an educator, a teacher and a manager of early learning services. Her recent experience has included working in local government as both a Pedagogical Leader and Manager of kindergartens and an engagement at the University of Melbourne in a research role, co-authoring the final research report for the Victorian Advancing Early Learning Study (2017). Nicole has also co-designed and facilitated a range of training programs for early years professionals focused on the Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a) across several jurisdictions. In her role at Gowrie Victoria Nicole leads five early learning services focused on operations as well as developing strategy focused on building capability of the early childhood workforce with the ultimate goal of supporting learning and development for all children. She has a specific interest in building capacity in the early childhood workforce, with a particular focus on emerging leaders.
“If I had to sum up my vision for the early childhood education sector with one word it would be ‘impact’. I believe the sector can continue to build and raise its profile, not only amongst potential new teachers and educators considering a career in the sector, but more generally within the community as a means of positively influencing the trajectory of our children’s learning and development outcomes. We must continue to strive to raise the quality of the programs and services we offer, particularly in areas where children and families experience the most vulnerability.”