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. Those who are not school leaders should ask their principal to contact the Institute to discuss suitability before registering.

Learning intentions

By the end of this program, participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • 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.

Target audience

School principals and deputy principals, ideally with five years experience.

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 

    Multiple cohorts



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  Day 1 Day 2 Time
Cohort 1 Wednesday
21 March 2018
22 March 2018
8.30am to 4.30pm
Cohort 2 Thursday
10 May 2018
11 May 2018
8.30am to 4.30pm
Cohort 3 Thursday
23 August 2018
24 August 2018
8.30am to 4.30pm
Cohort 4 Monday
19 November 2018
20 November 2018
8.30am to 4.30pm

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Institute for Professional Learning
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville

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On the day

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


The Institute for Professional Learning is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville WA. We co-locate with the Schools of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).


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.

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How to register

  • Register for Leading the Early Years on PLIS.
  • Complete your details.

Further information

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


Leading the Early Years

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