PROF Collette Tayler

PROF Collette Tayler


  • Access and engagement by children, families and communities
  • Child and family involvement
  • Different ECEC program types and human and social capital trajectories
  • Leadership and staff engagement
  • Program standards, quality and effectiveness
  • Public and private investments
  • The curriculum and pedagogy applied in different services
  • The ways that social, family and educational policies and practices affect early childhood education and care outcomes



  • COLLETTE TAYLER holds the Chair in Early Childhood Education and Care in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

    Collette conducts local and cross-national studies of the ways that social, family and educational policies and practices affect early childhood education and care outcomes. Her work addresses program access and engagement; public and private investments; program standards and quality; the curriculum and pedagogy applied in different services; leadership and staff development; child and family involvement and program outcomes. Her research seeks to explain both universal principles and contextual variations needed to provide exemplary care and education for  young children.



Selected publications


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  • Recent projects include:

    The E4Kids study. The Effective Early Educational Experiences is a national study about the effectiveness of early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs in Australia. The study will follow more than 2000 children, their families and their care and education experiences for 5 years. The study focuses on the experiences children have within ECEC programs and their impact upon educational, social and health outcomes.

    Starting Strong II (with Bennett) - the report by OECD of the Thematic Review of Early Childhood Education and Care.  

    The Brain and Learning in Early Childhood (with Sebastian-Galles) In Understanding the Brain (Vol. 2): The Birth of a Learning Science, OECD, Paris.  

    Early Childhood Intervention programs: Towards a cost-benefit analysis for Australia (with Cloney, Thorpe and Wilson). A research report for Australian Education Systems Officials Committee (AESOC) Early Childhood Reference Group. The AESOC serves the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA).

    A review of the approach to setting national standards and assuring the quality of care in Australian child care services (with Wills, Hayden and Wilson). A research report commissioned by the Children’s Services Sub Committee of the Community Services Ministers’ Advisory Council. Australian Government Department of Families and Community Services,  



Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Western Australia 1989
  • B.Ed, Edith Cowan University 1979
  • DIP.T, Edith Cowan University 1977

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian College of Education, 1996


Available for supervision

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