Catharine Hydon - Profile

Qualifications: Dip Teaching (Early Childhood); MEd (Early Child Education)

Catharine has extensive experience in the early childhood sector in Australia and overseas.  Beginning as a teacher in a sessional kindergarten program Catharine has gone on to manage a range of services for children and their families from long day settings to community hubs.    


Catharine has a Masters in Early Childhood Education specialising in early childhood practice, policy and governance, the delivery of integrated services and the exploration of innovative programs to engage vulnerable children and their families.  Catharine draws on this study in her work with practitioners to consider how theory connects and informs practice. 


Catharine’s involvement in the early childhood field is an important part of her commitment to the sector.  She has been is a long time member of the Victorian Branch of Early Childhood Australia (ECA), currently serves as the Co-chair of the Reconciliation Advisory Group and is a regular contributor in ECA publications. Catharine has been a member of the ECA Code of Ethics working group for the last two reviews and is currently working on an implementation guide with Lennie Barblett and Anne Kennedy. Catharine is also a member of the Respectful Relationship Expert Advisory Group for the Victorian Department of Education and the EY-10 Curriculum and Assessment Committee for the VCAA.  


Catharine is a dynamic speaker and collaborative facilitator and is skilled at engaging professionals in reflective dialogue and creative conversations.  

Catharine can work with educators, managers and staff teams to explore:

  • Pedagogical leadership
  • Action research in early childhood  
  • Program planning Children's Rights
  • Responding to diversity in early childhood
  • Inclusive practice in early childhood
  • Responding to the National Quality Standards
  • Leadership for quality in early childhood care and education
  • Implementation of the new Early Years Learning Frameworks  
  • Advocacy
  • Reflective practice
Catharine is also available as a mentor for early childhood educators or to lead reflective practice groups.