Professionalism, paperwork and pedagogy: Leading professional practice in long day care


In this on-demand webinar, Susan Irvine, Karen Thorpe and Jane Bourne explore leadership approaches and strategies for professional practice in long day care centres. While discussing a Queensland study on the early childhood education and care workforce, they ask centre leaders to reflect on the question, ‘What does professional practice mean to you?’ and specifically examine how directors can demonstrate and support professional practice in long day care settings.

This on-demand webinar will help you: 

  • identify what the term professional practice means to you
  • understand how, as a centre leader or as part of the leadership team, you can enable professional practice
  • recognise how enabling leadership within your teams can make a difference to service practice across all aspects of education and care work.

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Jane Bourne

As an early childhood professional, Jane Bourne has taught and led within diverse early childhood education and care settings. She is currently the CEO of C&K Childcare & Kindergarten, the largest provider of community-based early childhood education and care services in Queensland. Jane is also the President of ECA’s Queensland Branch.

Jane’s extensive experience has allowed her to pursue her passion for creating leadership models that inspire and promote the best outcomes for children, families and staff.


Professor Karen Thorpe

Karen Thorpe is Deputy Director-Research at the Institute for Social Science Research where she also leads the Childhood Development, Education and Care research group. Her research focus is early childhood education and care environments, particularly the interplay of quality and the workforce. In 2013 and 2019 she was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review for the impact her research has had on educational and family policy.


Associate Professor Susan Irvine

Susan Irvine is an Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at Queensland University of Technology. Her diverse work experience in the sector includes leadership roles in early childhood education and care service provision, policy and higher education.

Her current research is focused on early childhood education and care policy, leadership and workforce development.

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Links to the National Quality Standard

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers


Course Duration

1 hour

Australian Qualifications Framework