KU Annual Report 2010 - Page 9

Making the KU Difference For staff Jane Pethers Director, KU Killarney Heights Preschool KU believes an effective professional development program ensures staff maintain and enhance their skills and knowledge, and is a key component in the delivery of high quality early childhood education and care. Whilst KU provides an extensive schedule of workshops and development opportunities for our staff, we were delighted to receive several nominations for Jane Pethers from her peers, who have identified her as an outstanding leader and professional mentor. Jane aims for the highest quality in her educational program and willingly shares her knowledge and skills with others. She has an eye for detail and a particular skill for creating learning environments which nurture children’s exploration, relationships and problem solving skills. Staff who visit KU Killarney Heights are encouraged to glean ideas to take back to their own centres. An inspiration to the staff she works with directly, Jane is also a valuable resource for staff in her region. At regional meetings, she inspires staff through sharing her vast experience, knowledge and enthusiasm. Jane’s behaviour models professional development through her willingness to embrace new ideas that reflect current research and curriculum thinking. Jane epitomises pedagogical leadership, and is making the KU Difference for staff on a daily basis. Professional Development As part of our Strategic Plan, KU aims to support staff in delivering services that make the KU Difference. We do this by providing an extensive professional development program, which is offered to both staff and families free of charge. During 2010 KU’s Professional Development Program included: • 156 professional development sessions : 3350 participants • 103 workshops : 1779 participants • 38 Regional meetings and professional development days : 1334 participants KU’s 2010 Annual Seminar attracted the largest ever audience of 615 early childhood professionals from both within KU and the wider early childhood sector. An employer of choice 100 Staff turnover 80 60 40 20 19.2% 15.3% 10.65% 0 2008 2009 2010 In a sector where staff turnover is traditionally high, KU is proud that our staff are choosing to stay with us. Over the past 3 years staff turnover has continued to decline, providing consistent, long term relationships for children and families. 115th Annual Report 2010 9