Early education icon to deliver professional development program for G8 Education teachers

Anthony Semann, Co-Director of Semann and Slattery will launch an exclusive professional development program for G8’s early childhood teachers in 2019. Sector icon, Semann is heading up the program, which will take G8’s teachers on a journey of educational discovery to enact change and deliver exceptional outcomes for children and families into the future.

Semann said that understanding the critical role teachers play in the development and roll out of curriculum and educational programs is core to the quality delivered by G8 Education.

“Over the many years of practice wisdom and research, it has become evident that teachers through their practice and mentoring of other education staff can maintain a high level of quality and support and motivate others to do the same. Our work with G8 Education heralds a new and innovative approach through the development of a teaching framework as well as tailored professional development to support this.”

“Semann & Slattery in collaboration with G8 Education are excited about this new initiative to be rolled out across Australia in 2019,” Semann said.  

G8 Education CEO, Gary Carroll said the organisation would continue a trajectory of enhancing the early learning experience for all. Partnering with the very best practitioners in the sector speaks volumes about our passion to ensure our teams genuinely understand how integral their roles are in the lives of our children and families.

Eminent early education advocate partners with G8

Internationally renowned early childhood education advocate, Jennifer Ribarovski has commenced a series of workshops at G8 Education early childhood learning centres designed to continue enhancing the Centre Manager’s understanding of the National Quality Framework.

A leading early childhood education consultant and staunch activist for every child’s right to quality care and education, Ms Ribarovski will work with G8 to deliver an Australia wide roadshow where she has been engaging with all Centre Managers to further bring the National Quality Framework (NQF) to life.

Ms Ribarovski reinforced the fact that the value of quality early childhood education and care for children’s learning, development and future success is strongly supported by a sound evidence base.

“G8 touches the lives of a significant number of children and families across Australia. The opportunity to focus on quality in practice has the potential to make a significant difference in their lives both now and into the future.  

JR Education Consulting Services is proud to be partnering with the team at G8 in this custom-made project designed to empower Centre Managers to lead their educational teams with purpose, putting positive learning and development outcomes for children at the forefront,” Ms Ribarovski said.

Jennifer played a key role in the implementation of the NQF for the NSW Regulatory Authority and the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and has an enviable track record of translating educational theory into practice.

G8 Education CEO, Gary Carroll said Jennifer’s work with Centre Managers from the G8 national network of early learning centres reinforced the organisation’s ongoing focus on delivering the best possible early education experience for children at their centres.

Pictured: Jennifer Ribarovski, Managing Director of  JR Education Consulting Services and valued partner of G8 Education.

Early Learning and Care Council announces new Co Chairs


Australia’s peak body for large early learning providers has appointed two passionate advocates for quality early learning to be the Co-Chairs of the national organisation.

The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA), represents not-for-profit and private providers across the nation. ELACCA members provide more than 2000 preschools, kindergartens, family day care and long day services across Australia.

The new Co-Chairs, G8 Education CEO, Gary Carroll and Big Fat Smile CEO, Jenni Hutchins said they would continue to highlight the importance of quality early childhood education and care and to actively lobby for improved investment in Australia’s youngest learners.

“We are proud to be appointed Co-Chairs and look forward to continuing the great work of our predecessors: Bernie Nott, Tom Hardwick and Michael Tizard.

“The evidence for the value of high quality early learning is strong and getting stronger – young children thrive when they can access multiple days of high quality early learning in the years before school.

“Very young children undergo an extraordinary period of brain development before beginning school and many nation’s around the world have already moved to ensure that their children get every opportunity to build the foundational skills they need for the future.

“Age appropriate, play based learning is a game changer for young children, their families and the nation.

“We’re very excited to be working with the ELACCA team and sector stakeholders to further promote the importance of early learning and care for children as an integral part of Australia’s education system.

“ELACCA’s members provide high quality early learning and we are proud to be working with a committed group of sector CEO’s who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our work and importantly share a passion to make Australia’s early education sector as effective, accessible and affordable as possible.

“The early education sector is a dynamic and growing sector and we look forward to representing the views of our members to government, to the media and the community.”

Pictured: Gary Carroll, CEO and Managing Director of G8 Education and new Early Learning and Care Council of Australia Co-Chair.


G8 Education launches flexible early childhood education and care

G8 Education, one of Australia’s largest early learning providers, has launched a new flexible hours model providing families at its 530 centres with quality early childhood education and care options to best suit their needs.

Aimed to support families to make the most out of the new Child Care Subsidy, the new model will consist of nine-hour, ten-hour and full day options with the one associated flat fee. Families will not be limited by start and finish times like other models from competitors and there will be no conditions around the minimum amount of flexible sessions they are able to use giving them the flexibility to choose one flexible session or five each week. And where possible, families will have their out of pocket child care expenses backdated.

“We know that with the difficult transition many of our families have been hurting financially and we are committed where possible to backdate flexible hours to support them to only pay for the hours they have used,” says G8 Education Managing Director Gary Carroll.

Mr Carroll says the model is fair and transparent and ensures families are not penalised by the reduction in subsidised hours of care implemented as part of this month’s child care reforms.

“We want to give families the freedom to choose which hours best suit their situation to help decrease their out of pocket early learning expenses and maximise their subsidised hours,” Mr Carroll says.

“There is quite a lot of complexity to the new funding structure and we didn’t want to add to it by having varying pricing levels or an associated fee increase depending on which hours families chose.”

The simple solution provides parents with transparency to know that they are selecting a quality early childhood education and care option that best suits their individual circumstances.

“We know there is no one size fits all solution when it comes to early childhood education and care,” Mr Carroll says.

“Our aim is to support families to make the most out of the new Child Care Subsidy and ensure all families have access to quality early learning options.”


How flexible hours are different from other sessional care models

  • Families will not be limited by start and finish times.
  • There are no conditions around the minimum days parents are able to access.
  • There will be no penalties or fees if families stay later*, families’ hours will simply be adjusted for that day.
  • The model means centre fees stay the same and G8 Education receives no additional revenue. G8 Education’s flexible hours model is available at all centres now.

For more information on Flexible Hours, watch the video below or visit https://flexiblehours.com.au/


*Permitted within centre’s normal operating hours.