Early Childhood and Child Care Case Studies


Australia has a dedicated early childhood and child care workforce. The people in these case studies share their stories and passion about working in such a rewarding and growing sector. These individuals exemplify the important work of our early childhood educators in developing the future generations of Australia.

Case studies

Ann Marquard

When Ann Marquard's youngest child left school, she decided it was time to make a difference and took up a teaching role in a remote Alice Springs Aboriginal community.

Anthea Kane

Anthea was one of 14 early childhood educators sponsored by the Australian Government to attend the first official National Quality Framework (NQF) Conference.

Tarsha Howard

Tarsha loves living and working in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands, but says the privilege comes with unique cultural challenges.

Joyce McLaughlin

Single mother of seven, Joyce McLaughlin has finally found her vocation in the child care and early learning sector.

Coralie Williams

Coralie grew up in Hermannsburg, 125 km west of Alice Springs. With limited career options available, she relocated her family to Alice Springs.

Melissa Harpur

Passion, persistence and a desire to make a difference are factors that drive Melissa Harpur in her early childhood career.

Marcquis Hepburn

Illawarra and Shoalhaven Child Care Trainee of the Year 2011, Marcquis Hepburn, says the support of colleagues and the guidance of mentors helped him achieve in a female-dominated sector.

Melinda Wren

Passion for work is what really counts when it comes to recruiting and retaining quality early childhood educators, according to Teaching Director, Melinda Wren.

Tahnee Jamieson

2013 NSW Vocational Student of the Year winner for Children's Services, Tahnee Jamieson, has gone from strength to strength since beginning a career in child care and early learning.