Empowering educators to influence and navigate change

Next date: Thursday, 20 June 2024 | 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Sarah Louise Gandolfo

This program has been designed for early childhood settings with educators and local leaders in mind as a way of building confidence and capacity within teams.

If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that change is inevitable, growth is constant, and how we move through these spaces is key! 

Participants will explore the theories needed to understand the change process, how to make the most of available time, and how to use data to plan for the present and the future.  Alongside the theory, you will learn skills required for agile thinking, leaning into a growth mindset, and working through conflict within teams. 

There will be an opportunity at each session to reflect on your practice and what you have learnt and implemented. This program is a game changer for those looking to stretch themselves and thrive in their workplace!

Topics covered will include:

  • The theory and psychology of change
  • Bringing people on the journey
  • Elements of positive workplace culture
  • The misnomer of time management in early childhood settings
  • Working efficiently and productively
  • Strategy planning and big picture thinking
  • Prioritising wellbeing in yourself and others
  • Connecting with community for professional growth
  • Networking skills and strategies
  • Working through conflict as a leader and as a team
  • Using data within your strategic plan

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Watch Sarah Louise Gandolfo talk about how the program will run, and what topics will be covered. 

Session dates

The program consists of four in-person and three online sessions during 2024. Participants must be able to attend all seven sessions.

In-person at Realm (MR1&2). 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood 3134.

  • Date: 29 February, 9 May, 1 August and 17 October
  • Time: 7pm to 9pm


  • Date: 21 March, 20 June and 12 September
  • Time: 7pm to 8pm

Bookings have closed.

About the facilitator

Sarah Louise Gandolfo

Sarah Louise Gandolfo is a local mum, early childhood teacher, and leader.

Sarah Louise has dedicated her career to the pursuit of kindness in the workplace and to developing leaders at all levels of organizations. Through her consultancy, Learning to Lead in Early Childhood, she thrives on the challenge of working with highly diverse groups of early childhood professionals across the sector spectrum.

With formal qualifications in education, research and leadership, Sarah Louise is ready to take you on a journey of growth and commitment that will help elevate the sector in 2024 and beyond. 

For more information

Please contact Cathie Wills on 03 9294 5740 or email childrens.services.events@maroondah.vic.gov.au


  • Thursday, 29 February 2024 | 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  • Thursday, 21 March 2024 | 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  • Thursday, 09 May 2024 | 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  • Thursday, 20 June 2024 | 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  • Thursday, 01 August 2024 | 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  • Thursday, 12 September 2024 | 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  • Thursday, 17 October 2024 | 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM


Realm, 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood, 3134, View map

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