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Published 2nd Mar 17 12:00 AM

Crescentia Anthony Early Childhood Forum

This Forum honours Crescentia, who made an enormous contribution to the WA Branch of ACE, especially through her membership of the Committee from 2011 until her untimely passing in October 2013. Her vibrant personality, passion and commitment are greatly missed.

Guest speaker

Mr David Ansell
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Telethon Kids Institute

“Hand in Hand”: New ways for schools and early years’ services to work together to support student development and learning.”

In this address, David will focus on the delivery of early childhood development and learning services for 0-4-year old children and how this impacts on the later learning of children at school.

Children’s school performance is influenced significantly by their development and learning before they attend school. Yet the quality, quantity, accessibility and usage of early years’ services are not often the focus of early years’ educators. In this presentation David will provide an overview of early services in Western Australia and analyse how current issues with service delivery systems impact on the later learning of children. It will propose new ways for schools to support the delivery of early childhood services and the role that schools can play in supporting the delivery of 0-4 year-old children and family services. In concluding, David will comment on what’s needed to influence Government to increase their investment in early years’ services.

David is has worked as a teacher, Principal, leader in the not-for-profit sector and senior public servant. His most recent positions were as Deputy Director General of the Department of Culture and the Arts, Director, Strategic Issues in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Executive Director for the Office of Early Childhood Development and Learning and Director Participation for the Department of Education with responsibility the Raising of the School Leaving Age in Western Australia. He has worked and studied in the United Kingdom. During his career David has developed significant expertise in the areas of vocational education and training, education programs for at risk students, early childhood development and learning and public sector management.

David has an Executive Masters of Public Administration through the Australian New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and holds a Master’s of Philosophy from Cambridge University with a focus on school reform. Prior to this he completed under-graduate degree in Physical Education and a postgraduate degree in Health Science. He has continued to work in the United Kingdom with a focus on innovation in public services and supporting schools that serve low socio-economic communities.

4:00pm Registration and networking
4:30pm Presentation, followed by questions
5:30pm Refreshments served
6:00pm Event concludes

Event Details

  • Venue location: Catholic Education Centre
    James Nestor Hall
    50 Ruislip Street
    Leederville, WA
  • Event date: Wednesday 29 March 2017
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Final registration date: 27th Mar 17 5:00 PM
  • Entrance fee: $10 AACE members
    $15 Members
    $20 non-members
  • Contact info: (03) 9035 5473 or
  • Registrations Open: 3rd Mar 17 12:00 AM
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