Sheila Degotardi is a Professor of early childhood education, at the Macquarie School of Education, Macquarie University, where she teaches and researches in the area of infant-toddler pedagogy and curriculum. Sheila specialises in how relationships and interpersonal interactions shape very young children's learning and development. She has published over 50 academic articles, chapters and books on this topic and her work is informing early childhood education practice and policy in Australia and overseas. Her recent work examines the quality of the language interactions experienced by infants and toddlers in early childhood settings. With a commitment to supporting those working with very young children, Sheila is collaborating with Goodstart Early Learning to develop professional resources for infant-toddler educators.