Catharine Hydon - Profile

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

Catharine Hydon is the Director at Hydon Consulting. Over the last 10 years she has worked as an independent education consultant to a range of organisations and government to support the articulation of quality and inspire change. Catharine has extensive experience in the early childhood sector beginning as a teacher in a sessional kindergarten program in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Since then Catharine has lead a range of services and projects for children and their families. 


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 and her ongoing practice research 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 is a long-time member 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 a co-author on the recently published Ethics in Action Implementation guide. 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.