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ACECQA introduces its first National Education Leader

Following a nationwide search for the newly established role of National Education Leader, ACECQA is pleased to announce the appointment of Rhonda Livingstone to this new pivotal role.

As National Education Leader, Rhonda will provide national leadership, policy advice and recommendations on pedagogy and educational program and practice to enhance learning and development of children attending education and care services across Australia.

Rhonda has more than 20 years’ experience in the early childhood sector, including working as a centre director, sessional academic and training coordinator, in government contributing to the development of national policy and legislation and was a part of working groups to develop standards and resources for the NQF.

Working collaboratively with peak organisations, government departments, families, the children’s education and care sector and other key stakeholders, Rhonda’s role will include further supporting best practice and promoting collaborative approaches to further assist the sector to implement the NQF.

Having worked as both a service provider and assessor, Rhonda has a keen interest in contributing to the discussion about streamlining standards and processes to minimise burden and maintain a focus on ensuring quality outcomes for children and families.

“I recognise there are a lot of exciting things happening in the sector and I am looking forward to talking with service providers, peak organisations, researchers and families and exploring the possibilities and opportunities to further enhance and build on quality practices and programs,” Rhonda said.

“One of my main priorities will be to draw on current research evidence and contemporary data and to continue collaboration with organisations such as Early Childhood Australia and the Professional Support Co-ordinators Alliance in supporting the providers, educators and staff in implementing the NQF to ensure the best possible start for children.”

As National Education Leader, Rhonda will promote and contribute to discussion about innovative programs and service delivery, as well as provide advice on training programs and best practice, excellent rating applications, second-tier reviews and teaching qualifications. She will also promote high quality improvement in early childhood education and care and school age care.

Rhonda’s extensive experience in the children’s education and care sector and in government brings a broad range of expertise to this newly created position and to ACECQA.

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