Stephen Gallen

 Pedagogy, People, Play

What I offer

Early Childhood Education & Care is a truly meaningful and rewarding profession, but this is rarely reflected in professional recognition, respect, conditions and pay. All too often, educators' passion for their work becomes bogged down in stress, busyness, daily pressures, regulatory requirements and paperwork.  But it doesn't have to be this way.  What I can offer individuals, teams and organisations is a way to be confident and empowered as professionals, to gain a clear understanding of the NQF and other requirements and make these work for YOU, rather than the other way around, through connecting back with the spark and meaning of your work with children in authentic, practical ways.  


About me


I am a qualified Early Childhood Teacher, with an undergraduate degree focussing on critical theory and developmental psychology, and post-graduate qualifications in Early Childhood Education.   With nearly 30 years experience in the field, I have worked as a contact educator for many years, as well as in leadership roles, across long day care, primary and preschool, school aged care and in-home care, working extensively with children from birth to 6 years.  I was a founding member of the QUT Student Guild Kelvin Grove Centre (School Street) and have been delivering professional development to the sector since 1998, working with Gowrie Qld, TAFE, QUT, the Workforce Council, Centacare, QLECS, the Community Child Care Association (Victoria), C&K and many other organisations.  For many years I was on the panel of providers for PSC for Qld and have worked extensively with rural and remote services, and I am currently on the Professional Reference Body of ECW.  My focus is on supporting and empowering educators and organisations around curriculum and pedagogy, and 'demystifying' these sometimes complicated-sounding processes so that they are accessible and authentic. I am also interested in how to work with meaningful curriculum documentation, children's rights and agency, and social justice in Early Childhood and beyond.