Department of Education

Leading the Early Years

About the program

Leading the Early Years focuses on the role of school leaders as informed instructional leaders of early childhood education. The program examines early years’ research, pedagogy and curriculum leadership.

Facilitated by Office of Early Childhood consultants and consultant principals, the program includes presentations from K–2 teachers, school leaders and National Quality Standard (NQS) reviewers.

The program is designed for school principals and deputy principals. If you are not a school leader, please ask your principal to contact the Institute to discuss your suitability before registering.


Learning intentions

  • Examine approaches to leading the implementation of effective early childhood principles and pedagogy in K-2.
  • Examine high quality teaching and learning practices in the early years.
  • Develop awareness of early years’ guidelines, policy and curriculum in Western Australian schools. 
  • Examine leadership approaches that support the National Quality Standard (NQS) in schools.
  • Examine leadership approaches for best use of school and system data that informs strategic, operational and classroom practice.
  • Examine leadership approaches to the implementation of effective early childhood programs.
  • Examine strategic, operational and classroom approaches to delivering the curriculum, including STEM and ICT in the early years.

Who will benefit?

The program is designed for school principals and deputy principals, ideally with 5 years experience.


Participant expectations

Participants are expected to actively engage in all learning activities and discussions.


Alignment to professional standards

Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

  • Vision and values
  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Personal qualities, social and interpersonal skills.

    Two-day program 

    9 and 10 November 2017


    Mount Claremont

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  Day 1 Day 2 Venue
Cohort 1 Tuesday
9 May 2017
10 May 2017
Wollaston Centre,
Mount Claremont
Cohort 2 Monday
12 June 2017
13 June 2017
Institute for Professional Learning,
Cohort 3 Thursday
17 August 2017
18 August 2017
The Boulevard Centre,
Cohort 4 Thursday
31 August 2017
‚Äč1 September 2017
The Boulevard Centre,
Cohort 5 Thursday
9 November 2017
10 November 2017
Institute for Professional Learning,

All programs run from 8.30am to 4.00pm.






Wollaston Conference Centre
Denise Slatterley Room
5 Wollaston Road, Mount Claremont
Institute for Professional Learning
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville
The Boulevard Centre
99 The Boulevard, Floreat
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On the day

  • Program start at 8.30am. 
  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.


Refer 'Venues' section above.



Institute for Professional Learning

Please note, the Institute does not have on-site parking:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F.

Download the Institute map and parking information.


Wollaston Conference Centre

Download the Wollaston Conference Centre parking information.


The Boulevard Centre

Ample free parking. Please see program facilitator on the day for an all-day parking voucher.

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How to enrol

Further information

Please contact the Institute for Professional Learning on 1300 610 801 or email


Leading the Early Years

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