"Julie Madgwick first visited Gunnedah Preschool in November 2017, following a change in the Preschool’s leadership team and after identifying a real need for an early childhood education consultant to visit us and make observations to assist with directing the Preschool in a positive and professional way. She started with looking at our educators’ interactions with children and using these observations to help reshape our philosophy. Julie questioned educators about their practice to ensure they were confident in their actions, and to clarify that there was a purpose to their decisions. She supported educators and management when dealing with challenging childhood behaviours, implementing effective communication and how to give feedback in a professional manner. Gunnedah Preschool’s management identified a need for change, and Julie was the agent who provided, and still to this day, provides us with assistance throughout the process.
I highly recommend Julie for any early childhood education provider. She is intelligent, professional and, most importantly, passionate about early childhood education. The travel distance to Gunnedah was not a deterrent for Julie, and she was genuinely interested in working with us to transform our 50-child-a-day preschool into an early childhood education setting that offers its families a quality education in the vital years before school. Gunnedah Preschool will not hesitate to call on Julie for assistance whilst she is in her training and mentoring role; an example of just how much she did for us, and how much we really appreciate the time she spent at our Preschool.
If you wish to speak with me further to find out more about Julie’s training work with Gunnedah Preschool, please do not hesitate to contact me on (02) 6742 1002"
Malcolm Frend, Director, Gunnedah Preschool, Gunnedah, NSW
“Julie came to work with us to design a Professional Development Programme. She not only helped identify, streamline and prioritise skills, procedures and workloads, but worked alongside our Management Team to create a manageable evaluation system for staff professional development needs. Julie developed and presented a workshop entitled “The Gift of Feedback” and conducted informative and valuable training to our Educators on the floor. I can honestly say that having Julie here was a positive turning point for our Service and could not recommend her highly enough to anyone wishing to get their workplace on track.”
Kaye and Stacey, leadership team, Redlynch Premium Childcare, Cairns
“We have used Julie a number of times now and where others have struggled, she has managed to effect change in culture and performance across a number of practice areas. Julie’s extensive experience in early childhood education and care means she relates well to educators and service management, quickly gaining trust and building rapport which allows her to understand current practice and implement sustainable change. Julie’s program for performance management and staff appraisals has changed the way our people see their performance within the service. This has allowed us to improve practice and implement efficiencies across a number of areas including increasing the accountability of staff to improve practice. Julie was able to quickly and efficiently tailor professional development sessions for us based on understanding the current requirements of our services and the people she was working with. This meant that on very short notice, she prepared and presented high quality professional development days and staff meeting workshops.”
Samantha, National Manager Quality Education, Total Childcare Solutions, Brisbane
"Our preschool was struggling with a number of challenges, including staff interpersonal relationships, management style, move from preschool to long day care. Julie arrived and within a few hours, identified the core challenges and issues. A team who did not trust each other quickly developed strong trusting relationships with Julie. Through her incredible professionalism and patience, she has managed to build a strong happy team in an environment where staff were miserable. We now have a motivated, directed team, who actually enjoy coming to work. The team now have goals, clear direction in terms of working towards QIP and clearly directed performance appraisal system. Most importantly, the team now trust each other. Julie has made herself incredibly available to staff and Board members alike, lending an ear, and being unbelievably supportive.
Our preschool is not for profit and run by a director, assisted by a parent board, Julie is the ideal person to lend the professionalism staff require in this type of environment. She can support the director with challenging decisions, where a Parent Board do not necessarily have the time, skills or experience to do so."
Debbie, Board President, Apples and Honey Preschool, Sydney