Katarzyna Wieczorek-Ghisso

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After completing formal qualifications in Early Childhood Education (B. Teach., Ba. Ed., & M.Ed), and near completion of her Phd, Kat commenced employment in the sector as an Early Childhood Educator and soon progressed into the management of childcare centres. Whilst employed for KU Children’s Services for six years, Kat furthered her knowledge and skills by pursuing her interest in tertiary teaching, lecturing at both TAFE and University Levels, a role she has maintained throughout her long-standing early childhood career. In addition to her commitment to adult learning, Kat has continued making a significant contribution to the education of young children, which can be highlighted in her role as General Manager of Paisley Park Early Learning Centres. Kat is highly respected and is recognised as a thought leader in the field.

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Articles by Katarzyna Wieczorek-Ghisso

Meaningful documentation, validating voices

One of the first articles I wrote for Belonging was in the area of documentation. Three years on I still feel passionately about the incredible privilege we have as educators to depict children’s journeys in written form. Whether you refer to it as an anecdote, jotting or learning story fact, documenting learning in essence is about writing a script – a script about another person’s life. I often think about the script representing chapters in a book, where each chapter delves deeper into a plot, or, in other words, deeper into the life journey of the featured person. Just imagine for a minute someone writing about your life, depicting your everyday happenings. In addition to describing what you did and how, they then analyse every action against a set of industry outcomes. I wonder how we would feel about being this exposed, and perhaps even scrutinised?

3 months ago

by Katarzyna Wieczorek-Ghisso

School readiness through a contemporary lens

For many early childhood educators, ‘school readiness’ is one of those reluctant conversations that is often had with parents during their child’s orientation to child care. While these conversations provide wonderful opportunities to showcase the abundant experiences in which children engage as part of the daily childcare program, we can’t help but feel deflated when the parents’ response is,‘Yes, but how do you get my child ready for school?’

4 months ago

by Katarzyna Wieczorek-Ghisso

Quality vs quantity: The truth behind ‘under the roof’ ratios

Whether we like it or not, financial viability is at the forefront of every early learning service provider in the country, regardless of whether they are community or privately funded. Given that the cost of service provision inflates each year, predominantly driven by increases in industry awards, is it sustainable for the sector to continue mopping up the excess spend?

4 months ago

by Katarzyna Wieczorek-Ghisso

A mentoring approach to professional learning

We are fortunate in the field of early childhood to rarely work in isolation. On any given day, in fact, we have wonderful opportunities to reflect on our own practice and learn from other colleagues. While such opportunities are plentiful, we often find ourselves focused on other matters without making time for our own professional learning.

7 months ago

by Katarzyna Wieczorek-Ghisso

The adoption of leadership styles in early childhood

I often come across disgruntled early education directors who verbalise their frustration about staff that lack motivation and/or initiative in their workplace. Confronting as it sounds, under-performing staff are a reflection of how well they have been directed and/or managed.

7 months ago

by Katarzyna Wieczorek-Ghisso