Kitrina Edwards (Grad Dip Couns; B.Sc. App. Psy) has travelled a round-about route into the realms of Early Childhood. Having been a foster carer, parenting two children of her own alongside her husband and supporting families in a variety of challenging contexts over a career spanning nearly two decades, Kitrina has a deep appreciation for the critical significance of the first five years of life.
During her career, Kitrina has worked cross-sectorally with Early Childhood Education and Care professionals, Specialist Child and Family Practitioners, Teachers, Community and Health workers and the families themselves to bring about change, particularly for those most vulnerable and most valuable: children.
Currently supporting the implementation of a strategy that emphasises the importance of healthy adult-child interaction in growing strong oral language skills, Kitrina is adept in tailoring professional development opportunities; providing coaching and mentoring and activating action planning.
Kitrina recognises the vital role of Early Childhood Education and Care professionals in supporting the wellbeing, education and optimum development of children, working alongside parents as children’s first teachers. Having this recognition and a background in counselling, Kitrina is intensely passionate about the wellbeing of Early Childhood Education and Care educators – the person and the professional.