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27th EECERA Conference Delegates

Goodstart sponsored five delegates to present at the 27th EECERA Conference (European Early Childhood Education Research Association), held from 29 August to 1 September in Bologna, Italy. The conference is the largest and most significant early years’ research event in Europe. EECERA is an independent, non-profit organisation which promotes research on early childhood and its applications to policy and practice. Hosted by the University of Bologna, the theme for the 2017 conference was ‘ECE beyond the crisis: social justice, solidarity and children’s rights’ with a focus on the social and political role of early childhood education as tool for transformation in times of unprecedented complexity.

Goodstart’s delegates were:


Dr Kate Liley

Dr Kate Liley is Goodstart Early Learning’s National Research Manager with responsibility for research leadership across Goodstart’s growing portfolio of commissioned and collaborative research and evaluation. As Australia’s largest provider of early learning, Goodstart’s size and scale presents a unique opportunity to advance the field of early childhood education research to the benefit of children and families everywhere. Kate works closely with Goodstart’s Thought Leadership Group - comprising the leading international thinkers, academics and practitioners in early childhood education, child development and economics – to strengthen the evidence base for policy, high quality practice and child and family outcomes. Kate is Goodstart’s Partner Investigator on two current Australian Research Council Linkage Grants and has a PhD from Griffith University.

View presentation: Male educator perspectives in Early Childhood Education

Greg Antcliff

Greg Antcliff is the National Manager, Professional Practice at Goodstart Early Learning. He is a registered Psychologist and Marte Meo licensed supervisor. Greg has over 20 years’ experience working with children, families and educators across diverse child, family and community programs.  In 2007 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate early childhood education and care programs for vulnerable children in North America and Europe. Greg is a passionate practitioner and manager who has a strong reputation for embedding research evidence into practice to ensure better outcomes for children.

View presentation: Implementing evidence-informed practice at scale

Sharon McKinlay

Sharon McKinlay is an Early Learning Consultant at Goodstart Early Learning. She has a passion for ECEC and a research interest in early childhood teachers working in centre-based care. Sharon has worked across a range of ECEC settings over the last fifteen years as a teacher, leader and mentor. She is on the editorial panel of the Early Childhood Teachers Association journal Educating Young Children, and is working on her PhD publication as part of a project with the Australian Research Council. 

View research proposal: What keeps early childhood teachers working in long day care?

Sheila Kiaei

Shelia is the Educational Leader and an Early Childhood Teacher Goodstart Early Learning’s Double Bay centre in Sydney, Australia. Sheila is dedicated to help both children and her team of educators achieve high quality learning outcomes. Her focus includes coaching and mentoring educators, developing and reviewing policy, collaborating with families as partners, developing learning materials that draw on educational theory and practice, and challenging her team through innovation and new ideas.

View presentation: Children connect with the world around them

David Martin

David Martin is an Educator at Goodstart Early Learning’s Ashgrove centre in Brisbane, Australia. David is driven by his desire to see all children understand that they are unconditionally loved, laying the foundations to create future leaders and influencers across all levels of society. His research interest is organisational culture within early learning settings and its influence on quality and practice.

View presentation: All for one and one for all

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