Spotlight on the Team - Associate Professor Jane Page

Dr Jane Page OAM is an Associate Professor and a Senior Researcher in the REEaCh Hub. Jane has worked in the early childhood field for over 35 years covering a range of roles both as a director and teacher in early childhood services as well as teaching and researching in the University sector. Jane’s research focuses on the application of human rights principles in early childhood settings, coaching and educational leadership.

In recent years Jane has been actively engaged in the development and implementation of a number of projects with state and local government and the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) that focus on early years teachers’ pedagogical practices. These include the 2011 Victorian Framework Implementation: Early Years Learning and Development Outcomes Project, the 2012 Assessment for Learning Project, the 2013 Inquiry to Implementation Project (VCAA) and in 2015-2019 has been a Research Adviser for VCAA on the Assessment for Learning Early Years Networks Project and Leading Assessment for Learning and Development: A Communities of Practice Project. Jane has also managed projects concerned with quality pedagogy and the impact of evidence-based interventions on vulnerable children. She was Operations Manager of the Victorian Advancing Early Learning Project (VAEL) with DEECD, City of Moonee Valley and in 2015 Hume City Council from 2013-2016, Lead Chief Investigator on the ARC Linkage Grant Building a Bridge into Preschool in Remote Northern Territory and Lead Researcher on the Families as First Teachers On-line Coaching Study with the Department of Education, Northern Territory government. Jane is currently working with REEaCH, ARC colleagues and the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training to develop a Teaching Tool for Kindergartens (the Tool).

Jane has also been actively engaged in the development and implementation of a number of rights-based projects with state and local governments and the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) that have included researching child participation in local community, developing child citizenship and child friendly cities frameworks and policies, exploring how to enact young children’s rights in ECEC settings and reviewing child rights content in the Victorian Early Learning and Development Framework. Jane was invited to participate in the National Children's Commissioner's Melbourne Roundtable in May 2018 to inform the Australia’s Children’s Rights Report tabled in parliament in late 2018.

In 2019 Jane was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the general division for service to education.

For more information visit Jane's Find an Expert profile.