Meet Our Trainers
Owner/Founder - Education Nerd
Hello! I'm the founder of Offspring Education and I am a self confessed education nerd. I love all things education because I know that when children have an education that allows them to reach their full potential then we will have a better world for it. After completing my Bachelor of Education I taught in primary and secondary schools for a number of years. My love for Early Childhood came about from having my own children and seeing for myself just how important those first 5 years are for a child's learning and development.
I love talking to educators about their philosophy and how that impacts what they do in their practice. I love challenging the norms of education. 'Why' is such a powerful word. I want to know why we do things. And then I want to know how we can do them better. And that is how I run my workshops and consultations with educators, with the outcomes for children at the forefront of my mind. If only all levels of education could be as child-centred, flexible and developmentally appropriate as early childhood!
When I'm not doing any of the above I am hanging out with my two beautiful and crazy children, my husband, my cat and my dog. My favourite pass time is sleeping, reading a good book is a close second and peppermint chocolate is the closest thing I can think of to heaven.
Professional Development Facilitator
Hi, my name is Brenda Ward and I am an Inclusion Professional for KU Children’s Services.
For the past twenty years I have been fortunate enough to have experienced Early Childhood in many facets, from managing a community based long day care service, to co-ordinating LDC/OSHC/Inclusion Support Program at a local state government and most recently, a Trainer at Victoria University, teaching in the Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care.
During my Early Childhood career, I have been fortunate to be working alongside highly skilled professionals who have mentored and influenced my journey. In particular, I found children to be the most influential, as I believe we can learn from children as much as we can teach children, especially when we just be with children. I am in awe of children’s curiosity, discovery and connection with the world around them.
I believe families and early childhood educators have such an important role and am very passionate about empowering early childhood educators and professionals, families and services towards independence and self-reliance through the provision of high quality early childhood services.
I tailor my workshops and consultations in line with educator and service needs, with a focus on reflecting on current service philosophy, policy and practises to ensure these encompass high quality for all children, families and educators.
In my spare time, I love being with my family – my husband, five year old son and four year old daughter outdoors enjoying nature – going for a walk, bike ride by the lake or outing. I also love indulging in anything sweet…
Sally de Wijn
Occupational Therapist & PD Facilitator