G8 appoints former ACECQA manager as Head of Early Learning and Education

G8 appoints former ACECQA manager as Head of Early Learning and Education

by Jason Roberts

December 17, 2018

Julie Madgwick has been appointed to Head of Early Learning and Education at G8 Education, tasked with developing educational strategy and improving pedagogical practices in the delivery of programs for children aged from birth to five years across G8’s national network.

 

Ms Madgwick will start with G8 on 29 January 2019, and brings a wealth of experience to the role having most recently headed up Sydney-based Collaborative Training Solutions where she provided professional learning, coaching, advisory and leadership services.

 

National and international quality framework experience

 

Prior to this she delivered key projects for the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as a member of the Educational Leadership team and manager of the Qualifications team. In these roles, Ms Madgwick took responsibility for the assessment of international qualifications and program approvals; driving quality improvement; the research and design of presentations and articles; and, the preparation of best practice data.

 

Ms Madgwick also recently delivered a review and benchmarking of best practice for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Education, which involved the development of a kindergarten curriculum framework and teacher guides; performance management and professional development policies and processes; a quality assurance framework; and, a parental engagement strategy. The framework and supporting documents are set to guide the UAE early childhood system, underpinning international observations that the country delivers world-leading education services.

 

Collaboration and relationship management was also at the forefront of Julie’s remit when developing the strategic direction of early childhood education in the Cayman Islands, a role that saw her establish and lead a sustainable school and early childhood care and education reform process.

 

Passion and collaboration the key to success

 

Ms Madgwick admits that she is a people person who believes collaboration promotes an inclusive working environment and a team culture where ideas and innovations are shared.

 

G8 Education General Manager of Operations Jason Ball complimented Ms Madgwick on her passion and enthusiasm for ECEC, suggesting it was not only her experience but her genuine love and advocacy for children and education that cemented her successful application for the role.

 

“We are looking forward to welcoming Julie to the team and appreciate that her experiences with national and international governments, her strategic outlook, stakeholder networks and her advocacy and leadership qualities in early childhood education will be a great complement to our team,” Mr Ball said.

 

“G8 Education owns and operates more than 500 centres across Australia and Singapore. We acknowledge that we have a significant responsibility to many thousands of children and their families to provide education that embraces contemporary practices in pedagogy and improves children’s development.

 

“With the appointment of our Head of Early Learning and Education Julie Madgwick, and the October 2018 appointment of National Operations Manager Louise Rush, we are on a rapid trajectory to deliver benchmark practice across our network of centres.”

 

Ms Madgwick said that she has a strong belief that education is the key to promoting a cycle of success for families and communities, from the important early years to empowering adults as lifelong learners.

 

Ms Madgwick said “I am excited to be joining the team at G8 Education at a particularly dynamic time in early childhood education and care in Australia.

 

“I am looking forward to further empowering educators and leaders to be great champions of early childhood education by providing state-of-the-art training and continual opportunities for them to develop their practice.”

 

“I recognise the incredible responsibility G8 Education has across its diverse range of centres. Responsibility to embrace innovation in education and ensuring what we deliver is in the best interests of every child, so that they are well equipped as they move into the next phase of their education.

 

“The teams within the G8 Education centres are critical to the success of our programs and I am looking forward to further empowering educators and leaders to be great champions of early childhood education by providing state-of-the-art training and continual opportunities for them to develop their practice,” she said.

 

“I am looking forward to further empowering educators and leaders to be great champions of early childhood education by providing state-of-the-art training and continual opportunities for them to develop their practice.” 

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