The 2020 Jenny Leaper Lecture hosted by the REEaCh Hub

In this live webinar presentation, Associate Professor Tricia Eadie (Director, REEaCh Hub) and Dr Penny Levickis will present new research about the experiences and wellbeing of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) professionals and parents’ engagement with ECEC services during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.

The presentation draws on online survey and focus group research conducted with early childhood educators working in settings across Australia, as well as surveys and interviews conducted with parents in Victoria during the COVID-19 restrictions. This session will present key findings relating to: supporting the wellbeing of ECEC educators and parents during the pandemic; communication and supports provided by ECEC services; and the learnings to carry forward beyond the pandemic to better support ECEC educators’ wellbeing and parents’ engagement with ECEC services.

The webinar will be opened by Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Professor Jim Watterston, and closed by Jenny Leaper. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the presentation.