Building Collective Leadership
The Apiary brings together people who are committed to creating thriving futures for children in Australia. It builds leadership, collaboration and the capability to bring about lasting change in early learning.
The Apiary aims to bring about change at a systems level. This means thinking about the big picture – identifying what we can do to improve the lives of children today and in generations to come.
The Apiary Fellowship is a program that supports its Fellows to build a holistic view of the early childhood education and care (ECEC) system and bring about positive change for children. Apiary Fellows attend a series of forums called Convenings, where they are encouraged to connect with each other, learn from shared and different experiences and understand how insights can be applied within their own contexts as well as the broader ECEC system. Fellows develop a shared agenda for action that always has children at the centre. Through all of this, Fellows become catalytic leaders who continuously collaborate and learn to create change for children in Australia.
+ Who are The Apiary Fellows?
Apiary Fellows are individuals with wide-ranging experiences and perspectives across the early childhood education sector. They join The Apiary to learn more about their own and other experiences, become leaders and take action to improve outcomes for children.
They could be part of the sector by working at an early learning centre, for a provider or for a peak body. They could contribute to the sector through research, workforc development or policy design. They could also experience the sector as a parent or carer of young children, an employer of parents and carers or through work that intersects with the sector, such as community service or health care.
They are people who:
- are connected to and passionate about the early childhood education sector
- are committed to creating a thriving future for children in Australia
- are willing and ready to learn, think, debate, and act in collaboration with others
- have aspirations to lead and influence change.
Alexandra joined The Apiary to engage with systems thinking in the early childhood education space, with a goal to generate positive change in the sector to benefit all children and families. She says that the program gives Fellows the “time and permission to engage with big picture thinking and imagine the best possible future for Australia’s children”.
With a wealth of experience in professional learning, teacher education and research in the sector, Cathrine joined The Apiary for the opportunity it presented to connect with other leaders who share her commitment to “high quality educational experiences for young children”. She feels that the systems approach taken by Fellows is essential and necessary for bringing about change and has found her experiences with the group to date to be “enriching both personally and professionally”.
As an active teacher in the early childhood field, Danielle joined The Apiary for the opportunity to challenge her thinking about the Sector, while also sharing her extensive knowledge and experiences. Danielle says that The Apiary has “lead me to broaden my thinking about our sector, meet the other amazing Fellows and built my confidence to continue to advocate for children, families and our Early Childhood Sector”.
Elizabeth joined The Apiary for the opportunity to impact systems change to improve how early childhood education and care supports children and families. Elizabeth’s vision for The Apiary’s work is to bring recognition to early learning “as the foundation of the education continuum”.
With experience working across a number of capacities in the sector, including in a classroom, Emma joined The Apiary for the opportunity to connect with like-minded leaders. She believes that The Apiary’s systems change approach has “really benefited my work as it helps me to think a little deeper about the 'why' behind some of the work that we do”.
Coming from over 30 years of diverse experience within the early childhood education sector, Kim wanted the opportunity to engage with other leaders in an environment that “enabled a balance of provocation to ensure rigorous debate and questioning across The Apiary cohort”. She has found that the benefit of The Apiary is to enable a collective group to think about systems change and to unpack the complex ecosystem of the sector.
Having worked in early childhood education for the past 5 years in the United States and Australia, Lucy joined The Apiary because of her firm belief in the need to “build the capability of a diverse range of people to work at every level of the system”. Her recent focus has been to develop and introduce new programs and partnerships to support emerging teachers and leaders in the sector, and has found The Apiary has expanded her thinking and work in these spaces.
With extensive experience in both the commercial (15 years in investment banking) and early childhood education sectors, Nicki brings a wealth of knowledge to The Apiary, as well as her passion for the professional development and broader community recognition of early childhood educators. Nicki has thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with the Apiary Fellows who have challenged and broadened her thinking about the issues and opportunities in our sector.
With over 25 years’ experience working and advocating in the early childhood education and care sector, Michele joined The Apiary for the opportunity to work in “a collective group of inspiring and innovative thinkers” in early childhood. In her time as an Apiary Fellow, she has been able to broaden her “knowledge and understanding of social change theory and associated practical implications” through “opportunities to discuss the complexities of our sector from a historical and futuristic perspective…”
Having had a diverse set of experiences across a range of early years settings and positions, Prue joined The Apiary to further enhance her understanding of systems change, and to engage with ways to bring about change for children. Her vision for the future of the system is one where “all children have access to affordable high quality education and care”.
Bringing 35 years of experience in the early childhood sector, Sandra joined The Apiary to connect with others who aligned to her interest in futures thinking and systems change. Her hope for the sector and The Apiary’s work is “grounded in what works best for children and families – working alongside families to encounter contemporary challenges and opportunities.”
With nearly a decade of experience applying research from early childhood education to policy, Stacey joined The Apiary for the “opportunity to connect with and learn from other leaders in early childhood, and to work collaboratively to drive better outcomes for children”.