Remembering our friend and colleague Professor Emeritus Collette Tayler

Collette will always be remembered for her vision and dedicated commitment to early childhood education, her inspirational leadership, generosity of spirit and friendship.

Earlier this year Collette was awarded the much deserved and highly prestigious title of Emeritus Professor. Although she retired she continued her association with people and projects within her expertise. Her work over her career and particularly in the last 10 years at the University of Melbourne as the Chair of Early Childhood and Care has had a significant impact on early childhood policy and practice.

Collette’s determination, wisdom and commitment helped place early childhood on the national policy radar and shaped the National Quality Framework for provision of early childhood education and care services. Through Collette’s authorship of the OECD Starting Strong report in 2006 and her leadership of the E4Kids study her research has shaped contemporary early childhood education.  Her curriculum leadership within the University, in the indigenous communities and through engagement with the profession and governments. Collette was known for her research in young children’s learning and development, Early Childhood program effectiveness, policy and strategy, and using these findings to influence the direction of Early Childhood policy and leadership. She led the Master of Teaching Early Childhood where she introduced a new academic direction for the preparation of Early Childhood professionals.

There is a scholarship in Collette’s name which aims to support young Indigenous Australian students in the very course she transformed, Master of Teaching (Early Childhood or Early Childhood & Primary). If you would like to support and continue Collette’s important work, you can give directly by following this link:

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education wish to extend their condolences to Collette’s family. She will be greatly missed.