Educational Leadership

EMCC’s educational Leadership program

EMCC employs an Educational Leader 4 days per week, who works two full days at each service.

The educational leader provides guidance on educators’ pedagogy and professional

practice, by supporting educators to build and nurture secure respectful relationships with

children and families, and assisting educators to articulate how and why they make decisions

about the curriculum/program.

Key aspects of the educational leader’s role in leading, developing and implementing the

program include:

  • drawing on a range of understandings about learning theories and styles, as well as educators’ strengths, to develop educators’ professional skills and confidence
  • encouraging and empowering educators to draw on their creativity, intuition, knowledge of child development, as well as children’s knowledge, identity and culture in their teaching and planning for learning
  • liaising with other early childhood education and care professionals (such as therapists, maternal and child health nurses, and early childhood intervention specialists)
  • assisting educators to make connections in the community, including with diverse cultures and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Elders or their representatives.
  • mentoring and supporting educators’ understanding of educational program and practice, such as:
    • how theory supports best practice in all parts of the program
    • building relationships and interactions with children to assist their learning through play and leisure-based programs
    • intentional teaching strategies and thoughtful, deliberate educator practices that support children’s wellbeing, learning and development
    • routines and transitions
    • providing for continuity of learning when children transition to, from or within the service
    • developing documentation that is meaningful, relevant and promotes reflection on educators’ pedagogy and practice