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Catharine Hydon

MEd (Early Child Education); Dip Teaching (Early Childhood); Dip. Gov.

Catharine Hydon is the Director and Principal Consultant at Hydon Consulting. Over the last 15 years she has worked with a range of organisations and governments to understand and articulate quality and inspire change. With a Masters in early childhood education, Catharine has extensive experience in the early childhood sector beginning as a teacher in a kindergarten program in the northern suburbs of Melbourne to lead roles in a range of services and projects for children and their families. 

Catharine draws on her experience and ongoing practice research to consider how theory connects and informs practice.  Specialising in early childhood practice and pedagogy, quality improvement, policy and governance, the delivery of integrated services to engage vulnerable children and their families.

Catharine‚Äôs involvement in the early childhood sector is an important part of her commitment to the outcomes for children.  She is a long-time member of Early Childhood Australia (ECA) currently serving 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 a co-author on the recently published Ethics in Action Implementation guide. Catharine is a Board Member of the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA)1, a member of the Early Years-10 Curriculum and Assessment Committee for the VCAA and has recently been appointed as a second-tier reviewer for ACECQA.2

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

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


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 education and care
  • Implementation of the Early Years Learning Frameworks
  • Advocacy
  • Reflective practice
  • Mentoring and coaching
Catharine is also available as a mentor for early childhood educators or to lead reflective practice groups.


1. Find about more about the VCAA Board here:
2. Find out more about the ACECQA second tier review process here: