Australia’s largest early learning and care provider, Goodstart Early Learning, has moved a step closer to becoming a world leader in early childhood pedagogy and practice with the appointment of UK’s renowned early childhood leader, Sue Robb OBE. Ms Robb has been appointed to Goodstart’s new position of general manager of pedagogy and practice.
Until July, the international leader in early childhood pedagogy was the Head of Early Learning at Action for Children in the UK where she led the delivery of the Department of Education’s partnership with the early years and childcare. Sue brings a wealth of experience to Goodstart including working closely with both government and the sector in implementing the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage and associated effective evidence-based programmes and sector initiatives that supported a marked quality uplift in UK’s early years sector.
Having now arrived in Australia, Sue said she was looking forward to sharing her knowledge and continuing her own reflective learning. Ms Robb said the early years were the foundation upon which a country’s future is built with high quality early years’ experiences impacting upon a child’s future school and life success.
“All research is clear about the benefits of quality early learning experiences and that it truly enhances children’s learning as they enter school and future years,” she said. “Research clearly shows the power of children accessing at least two years of early learning and care before school. Access to high quality early learning is also an incredibly powerful means of transcending disadvantage.”