The Early Learning Leaders Summit will be held on Friday 1 April 2022.

Book now to secure your place!


We are thrilled to launch our Program which features world class speakers who will support you to thrive
in the provision of high quality early education and care, and provide  much-needed dose of inspiration!


Please note we are still finalising some elements of the program - please be sure to visit again soon!

Friday 1 april 2022

9.30 am - 10.00am

Arrival, morning tea, visit Exhibition Hub

10:00 am - 10.15am

Conference Welcome

Acknowledgement of Country & President’s Welcome
Sarah Tullberg, President ACA Victoria, Approved Provider Knox Childcare & Kindergarten

10.15 am - 11.15 am

Opening Keynote: Stronger together - the power of community!

Kurt Fearnley AO

Kurt will draw from his time as a 5 time Paralympian, advocate for people with disability and proud public school teacher to reflect on the opportunity in hardship and the value of inclusion.

11.20 am - 11.50 am

Planning to thrive in the early learning sector
Tamara Brown, Partner Private Clients, PwC



11.55 am - 1.00 pm

Panel discussion: The impact of policy on the provision on high quality early learning and care

Dr Ros Baxter, Deputy Secretary, Department of Education, Skills & Employment (DESE)

Kim Little , Deputy Secretary, Early Childhood Education, Department of Education & Training (DET)
Paul Mondo, President ACA, Approved Provider Bimbi Early Learning

Jane Hunt, CEO, The Front Project


Our highly credentialled panel will consider current early learning sector research and policy settings and discuss their capacity to create positive outcomes for children, families and service providers.

1.00 pm - 2.00pm

Enjoy lunch and visit Exhibition Hub

2.00 pm - 2.45 pm

Is it time to reimagine leadership structures in your early learning service?

Paul Mondo, President ACA, Approved Provider Bimbi Early Learning

Our sector has undergone significant change over many years and even decades. We wonder whether the leadership structures that served us then and that many of us still adopt are fit for purpose in 2021 and whether they can support us to deliver quality outcomes for children, families and in doing so allow our services to thrive.


ACA President and long time service provider Paul Mondo will lead this thought provoking session and challenge you to consider your model and structure of leadership, with a view to giving you the best chance to plan to thrive for the years ahead.

2.50pm - 3.30pm

CX (Customer Experience) – What is it and why does it drive centre success?

Tom Scantlebury, CEO, Sky Blue Customer Experience Services

Hear why so many businesses are focussed on the experiences they deliver and how this relates to the early learning sector. Experiences are what drives families to choose to enrol or leave services.


Learn how to differentiate through experiences to build stronger connections with families and improve occupancy.

3.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Enjoy afternoon tea and visit Exhibition Hub

4.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Keynote: From Crisis to Opportunity Mindset - Supportive Leadership to build a flourishing culture

Shade Zahrai, Director, Influence Global Inc.

Shade will guide you to feel more empowered and focussed as a leader and how to foster a positive culture. She will reveal strategies to transform your perspective, leaving you energised and ready to put new learnings into action.


From 7.30 pm

Summit dinner including guest speaker: Steven Bradbury OAM

Motivator, MC, Corporate Comedian, Olympic Champion

Please note the program may be subject to change

We invite you to join us for
what promises to be
a really special event.