I’m pleased to have collated the Best resource list for childcare administrators and educators to ensure they have the greatest access to resources and support. This list is aimed to offer you a shortlist for early learning education-related support blogs, influencers for your day care centre. My goal is to update the list every year to ensure its accuracy with new market trends. For that reason, feel free to comment with any resources you believe I should have added or omitted and your reasons why.
Early learning and education can be daunting. It’s one of the biggest responsibilities you can have as an educator as you have significant influence in providing the children with the environment, skills and values they need to become successful in adulthood. Childcare is a highly administrative and regulated industry, and as a result, it limits your time. This list will save you time as you can go right to the source.
Whatever your methods for keeping up to date with new teaching methods, software to streamline processes, understand children’s psychology, I’ve created this list of those I keep an eye on, being in centre owner myself. The following are the top Australian early childhood education influencers that will help both administrators and teachers.
The list focuses on the following three aspects.
- Social Authority Score (by followerwonk – mozpro tools)
- Facebook Page Like size
- Twitter follower list size
Gain more knowledge and insight into early learning centre management and the market and social trends, and you will be able to build up your parent and other stakeholder relationships with the most influential in ChildCare.
So, without further adieu, here is the list
Social Authority Ranking – 53 Facebook Likes – 24825 Twitter Followers – 6254
KidsMatter is a health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and early learning centres across Australia. It has great resources and insights for schools and educators to take care of children’s mental health, and houses high-quality resources due to its partnership between education and health sectors and is its funding from the Australian Government and beyondblue.
(Note for Rey – email beyond blue too when this goes live, for extra reach and backlinking)
Social Authority Ranking – 49.4 Facebook Likes – 92270 Twitter Followers – 6395
Early Childhood Australia is a pioneer in the industry, established in 1938. They have a range of resources for educators, from development programs to digital business kits. Utilising Early ChildHood Australia is a great way to keep updated and build out your teaching skills for every child’s learning.
Social Authority Ranking – 45 Facebook Likes –31996 Twitter Followers – 3853
The Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority is the best provider of information on the National Quality Framework which applies to a large majority family day care and early learning centres including those who provide outside school hours services. It details how the framework works, its implementation and how it applies to all educators and providers. It’s a must in your list of sites to watch.
Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA)
Social Authority Ranking – 8 Facebook Likes –1578 Twitter Followers – 637
Despite the lower audience sizes of the ACA compared to others, I’m adding the ACA as it is engaged on behalf of long day care owners and operators. They safeguard families and their children to provide an opportunity to access early childhood education and care (ECEC) throughout Australia. It provides a great source of articles on proposed government changes to the child care industry.
Mark Woodland – CEO Xplor @MarkAWoodland
Social Authority Ranking – 77 Facebook – Twitter Followers – 268,535
I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but it’s not me who is saying it but KPMG. I’m named one of the top 20 Twitter influencers in Australia. As the CEO of Woodland Education for seven years, I understand the industry and what it takes to be an award-winning educator.
Kate Ellis MP – Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education & Development @KateEllisMP
Social Authority Ranking – 64.9 Facebook – 40104 Twitter Followers – 68048
As the Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development, Kate is up to date with all legislation, regulation and potential changes that may effect the day care and early learning professions in Australia.
Lisa Burman – Early Childhood Teacher @lisaaburman
Social Authority Ranking – 34.3 Facebook – 2177 Twitter Followers – 836
Lisa is an experienced teacher and principal but currently works as a Pedagogical Consultant, supporting educators and early learning leaders to develop site wide plans for educational change. As a keynote speaker she has presented at the International Reading Association Annual Convention (Chicago, 2006), National Staff Developers Association New York State Conference (Rochester, 2006) and National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Convention (Atlanta, 2006). Her first book is titled “Are You Listening? Fostering Conversations that Help Young Children Learn” and is currently working n her second.