Our Groups

It is through working with our members and partners that ELAA is an influential advocate for “excellence in early learning for every child.”


ELAA provides the opportunity for members of Early Years Management services to come together to inform advocacy, strategic directions, policy development and implementation. Members of the group also represent sector interests in consultative forums, such as on the implementation of the Early Childhood Reform Plan and the EYM Framework, and inform ELAA’s projects.

The CEO Group is recognised by Commonwealth and State Governments as an influential voice in early childhood education policy and practice. Formed by executives and thought-leaders of Early Years Managers within the ELAA membership, the CEO Group’s overarching objective is to build a sustainable early childhood education service system which delivers increasing quality and improved outcomes. The Group is chaired by ELAA CEO, David Worland.

The Early Years Management Reference Group informs the implementation of the EYM Framework, engages with the Victorian Department of Education and Training, and provides an effective and consultative forum for operational discussions and learnings from research and innovative practice. The Group is chaired by ELAA Board Member and CEO of Eureka Community Kindergarten Association, Jo Geurts.

The Early Years Management Rural Sub-group develops information, advice and tools for rural and remote services and shares practice knowledge and expertise for practitioners in those services. The group is facilitated by ELAA Deputy CEO, Tina Martin.