28 MarELAA’s regional roadshow

Posted on 28 Mar 2024

This week ELAA’s CEO Andrew Cameron and Senior Advisor – Advocacy & Sector Engagement Noah Hurst, met with our regional and rural members. Travelling a total of 995kms up through the King Valley, over Mt Hotham and throughout Gippsland, the intent of the road trip is to inform ELAA’s service delivery and advocacy work by listening and learning from ELAA members. 

During this road trip we had a great opportunity to learn about the distinctive strengths and challenges associated with running regional and rural services. Whilst many of the challenges they experience are common with their metropolitan based peers, they play out differently in regional and rural contexts. Learning of the connections to local communities and hearing about the critical role ECEC services play in regional settings was enlightening. Big projects like offshore wind farm developments are demonstrating the inter-dependent nature of kindergarten and LDC services in regional areas. 

What stood out to us was the incredible loyalty of longstanding leaders and teachers/educators which has underpinned the quality of services provided to children and families. This was very true of the Kath Foley Child Care & Kindergarten in Sale. 

In this picture: Committe member Ralph Hubbert, ELAA’s CEO Andrew Cameron and Early Years Manager Wil Proyn.

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