G8 Education is tapping into some of early learning’s brightest minds, establishing a “think tank” style Education Advisory Committee of sector experts to continue to drive innovation and quality across its national network.

“The Education Advisory Committee allows our G8 team to exchange insights with recognised experts and engage with cutting edge research in early education,” said Dr Julie Cogin, G8 Education Board Member.

“We aim to create a think tank environment so that researchers can integrate their discoveries into learning centres to accelerate joint education goals.”

G8 Education’s Head of Early Learning and Education Ali Evans, Education Manager Innovative and Partnerships, Dr Mia Christensen and Dr Cogin were joined by Sue Grieshaber, Catharine Hydon and Sonia White at the advisory committee’s first meeting last month.

“I am honoured to be part of the G8 Education Advisory Committee,” said La Trobe University’s Professor Grieshaber.

“I forward to working with the Committee to enact the G8 strategic plan which includes providing innovative and high-quality early childhood education to support children and families to achieve their potential.”

Dr Cogin said this is just part of G8 Education’s commitment to delivering high quality, innovative education experiences.

“The G8 Education board is firmly committed to the dissemination of learnings to advance the quality of early education in Australia,” said Dr Cogin.

“One of the programs of work will be the role of technologies in a child’s development and how it can be used to enhance cognitive and social abilities.”

Ali Evans said: “Our thought leaders will provide insights and feedback to ensure our Education Strategy is contemporary and reflective of current innovation and trends in the early childhood sector.”

“I believe it is crucial to have an external critical thinking lens in providing feedback on our strategy to ensure we continue to provide transformative early learning programs.”

The Education Advisory Committee will be meeting throughout the year to progress projects and initiatives.