Dr Lesley Jones
B.Ed.E.C., M.EdS., Phd
Dr Lesley Jones (B.Ed.E.C., M.EdS., Phd) began her career providing early years programs for children and families in long day care settings in Queensland.
She has subsequently held a range of senior leadership and management positions for large scale long day care organisations operating in multiple states across Australia. Lesley has also operated a private consultancy providing professional development, coaching and mentorship for early childhood services.
In addition to operational roles Lesley has held academic positions and associate research roles in tertiary and the vocational education sectors. Lesley has a particular interest in early childhood professional practice and leadership in the early years. Her PhD dissertation was a multi case study involving participants from long day care, sessional preschool and family day care and explored educator’s perspectives of their capacity to support the development of social competence in young children. Lesley was the Queensland State Manager at Goodstart Early Learning.
Articles by Dr Lesley Jones
How to choose an early learning centre
It’s understandable that families can be anxious about making the right decision about early learning and care for their little ones. Early childhood professional Dr Lesley Jones guides parents on what to look for in a high quality early learning centre.
Supporting children’s big emotions
One minute everything is normal, and suddenly something that seems insignificant becomes a full blown, legs flailing temper tantrum. The speed that children’s behaviour can be overtaken by big emotions can come as quite a surprise for parents.