Apiary Fellowship seeking further applications for 2023 year of learning and change 
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Apiary Fellowship seeking further applications for 2023 year of learning and change 

by Freya Lucas

January 26, 2023

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) professionals are invited to help shape the future of early childhood education by making an application to join a fellowship of system leaders hoping to drive real change. 


The Apiary, an initiative of The Front Project, is a collective leadership opportunity creating space for a diverse group of leaders and innovators in early learning for a 12-month period to connect, learn, understand and advance systemic innovations that lead to greater outcomes for children in Australia.


It joins together people who are committed to creating thriving futures for children in Australia. It builds leadership, collaboration and the capability for fellows to bring about lasting change in early learning.


Through the Fellowship, attendees will: 


  • Attend in-person convenings for 2-3 days, up to four times within the year, where they will learn key skills and mindsets for systems thinking and adaptive leadership.

  • Apply their knowledge and learnings from the in-person convenings in the real-world, testing and undertaking their system-level interventions within small group teams. 


  • Engage in collaborative projects that build on the theoretical framework to actively create change for children. 



“The Apiary allows deep thinking, sharing, debating and action for growing leaders in our sector,” the Front Project’s Acting CEO Sally Trudgen said. 


“There is so much change happening right across the early childhood learning and care sector in Australia, including across all levels of government, so it has never been a more important time to be involved in shaping the conversation.”


Apiary fellows are encouraged to take a big picture, system level approach to identify what can be done to improve the lives of children today, and for generations to come.


“The Apiary encourages fellows to push the boundaries and think outside the box, connecting a blend of emerging and established leaders who reflect the sector’s diversity and are in the best position to see the opportunities in the system and create the changes need to address them with colleagues from across all parts of the system,” Ms Trudgen added. 


“If you are passionate about early learning and want to raise your voice to influence  the future of this vital system, I would urge you to apply.”


Expressions of Interest are now open, and applicants can register their interest here. The Front Project is an independent, national enterprise working to improve quality and create positive change in Australia’s ECEC system.

The Front Project works with government, business and the early education sector to address disadvantage, improve outcomes for children, and increase the short and long-term gains for Australia.

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