I have been lucky enough to spend my career in a range of roles, including Early Childhood Teacher, Centre Manager, Validator (Assessor), Trainer, Operations Manager leading and managing 10 Early Education centres and as a Regional Manager responsible for leading and managing 88 centres across two states. My responsiblities included Operational management, Fiscal management of the portfolio and Leadership to inspire and engage the team.
My passion lies with helping families, educators and leaders to flourish in order for our children to have the best environment in which to grow up. I have a special interest in Positive psychology and the theory of Wellbeing and in particular work around transcendence and gratitude. I aim to get families, educators, leaders, teachers, educational institutions and other organisations excited about the practices of positive psychology in leadership, education and parenting. I aim to spread the practice of ‘Living on Hourglass Time’ which I came up with in October 2017.
I believe that with great leadership we have the opportunity to change people’s lives.
I look forward to speaking with anyone who is interested in training or mentoring in relation to Early Childhood Education including the EYLF/MTOP/VEYLF and NQF, Leadership, Positive Education and Positive Parenting.
Articles by Michelle Walsh
The hundred languages of leadership - a Reggio Emilia perspective
Many early childhood educators are well versed in Loris Malaguzzi’s poem referencing the hundred languages of children. In it, he reminds the reader that systems, structure and defined ways of working can limit children, an anchor of conformity and regiment which weighs them down. In this piece, The Sector contributor, Michelle Walsh, shares her reflections on leadership, asking readers to consider if they make space in their leadership style for the hundred languages in their team to be expressed.
by Michelle Walsh
Social media interactions: curiosity killed the cat, but it kept our sector alive…
Social media has the potential to be the ideal platform for those in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector to live out two of the core principles of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) - respect for diversity, and ongoing learning and reflective practice.
by Michelle Walsh