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Our presenters

Deb Watson

Deb is the Education for Sustainability Facilitator at KU and has worked in early childhood education for many years.  She holds an environment lens to her work and believes "We must dream of a great place to live, that is fair and equitable and that values the Earth for future generations, and we must act to bring the dream from our hearts into reality."

Fiona Harris

Fiona is an experienced Early Childhood Teacher and has taught in several preschool settings over the past 30 years.  Her interest is in sustainability and place-based nature pedagogy, helping children to connect in the community.  She is also interested in children's art making and literature and views pedagogy as an ethical discipline.

Fran Bastion

Fran's engagement in the early childhood education sector spans over 30 years.  Fran's work is currently anchored in the exploration of the role of teacher as researcher, inquiry-based teaching and learning, pedagogical documentation, and the language of the learning environment.

Jan Faulkner

Jan has more than 35 years' experience in the early childhood sector as a Teacher, Centre Director, Manager of Children's Services and as a Professional Learning Consultant.  She also worked with a number of service types including long day care, preschool, outside school hours care and family day care.

Keran Elgie

Keran brings skills and knowledge from a career spanning 30 years in early childhood education.  Keran has worked in a range of settings as a Teacher, Director, Education Support Manager and Professional Learning Manager.  Keran enjoys engaging with educators to support and extend their learning while offering opportunities for critical thinking and implications for practice.

Laure Hislop

Laure has over 35 years' experience in early childhood education.  In 2016, she was awarded the NSW Premier's Early Childhood Education Scholarship and completed a study tour around the USA, exploring technology use in early childhood.  Laure is passionate about technology as a curriculum tool and promoting innovative programs.

Lynn Farrell

Lynn has many years' experience working in various roles in the early childhood profession. Her area of interest and expertise is working with infants and families and she is a strong advocate for children's rights and social justice. She has also worked with children and families who are experiencing vulnerabilities and disadvantage using an integrated model.

Marg McLeish

Marg has over 25 years' experience working in the early childhood field in a variety of roles, including as a Teacher, Director, Practice Manager and Training Coordinator, across Long Day Care, Preschool and Family Day Care Services. Marg is a passionate advocate for children's rights and in particular, the right of all children to participate in high quality education and care services.

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