Louise Dorrat
Early Childhood Consultant
Med, BTeach, Dip S Sc. 

We're delighted to have Louise back, having presented at our conference last year to a large, appreciative audience. 

Louise studied creative arts and commenced her career performing professionally in Children's Theatre, before changing career 30 years ago to early childhood. She has a long history of managing a broad range of early years programs and teaches the Bachelor of Education at a number of universities, including the Institute of Koorie Education (IKE) at Deakin University.

Louise assisted in the establishment of the Westgarth Bush Kinder and worked in the bush setting for two years. Louise is regularly contacted by organisations such as Federal and State Governments to deliver professional development across Australia. Her background in theatre enriches her presentations, and we’re sure you’ll agree they are simultaneously engaging and entertaining!

This year as well as being one of our keynote speakers, Louise will explore the concept of Intentional Teaching


She will explore:

  • Developing a range of ‘Intentional teaching’ strategies including listening, demonstrating, showing interest, open ended questions and doing nothing
  • Being intentional in providing an anti-bias curriculum and inclusive environment
  • Identifying books, resources and materials that promote gender equity
  • Understanding the intentional positioning of resources and the structuring of the learning environment

In the final session of the conference, Louise will pair up with fellow keynote presenter Dr Ruby Red Scarlet, to perform an all singing, all dancing extravaganza... "National Quality Framework - The Musical". 

Get ready to be entertained by their intellectual, ironic, engaging, toe tapping, hand clapping, finger snapping interactive performance! We know you’ll be dancing away convinced that dramatic arts are valid knowledge and they are a useful way to engage with, build understandings, and make sense of the National Quality Framework.