Chief Investigator, Early Years Initiative
EdD, MEd, BEd(Hons)
Dr Rosemary Cahill is Chief Investigator on an evaluation of the Early Years Initiative – a landmark ten-year partnership between the WA State Government and the Minderoo Foundation. Until recently, she was a senior officer within WA’s Department of Education, leading policy and programs in early childhood education, literacy and numeracy programs for the public school sector.
Rosemary has taught, shaped policy and delivered system-level projects since the 1980s including the Deadly Ways to Learn project in the late 90s; Getting it Right Literacy and Numeracy Strategy from 2001; Universal Access; the National Quality Standard in WA schools; Child and Parent Centres, the Australian Early Development Census; and KindiLink. Rosemary recognises her experience of growing up in Western Australia’s wheatbelt, motherhood, living overseas, study and the generosity of colleagues as factors contributing to who she is and what she thinks.
Supporting Parents as their Child’s First Teacher: Aboriginal Parents’ Perceptions of KindiLink
This paper reports on Aboriginal parents’ perceptions about their involvement in a Western Australian pilot initiative called KindiLink. The program seeks to support parents as their child’s first teacher and thereby enhance Aboriginal children’s early-years development, while strengthening relationships between families and schools. A constructivist paradigm was used to inform the methodology which placed Aboriginal voices at the centre of the research.Published research Early Childhood Development School Attendance School and Community Wellbeing
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