Marianne is Senior Lecturer and Director of early childhood programs at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. She has a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) (UNSW), a Master of Community Management (UTS), and a PhD in Early Childhood (MQ). Marianne's teaching, research and postgraduate supervision focus on the provisioning of quality, equitable early childhood education.
Marianne has over 10 years’ experience managing and leading services for families and young children, and since 2004, has lectured and conducted research on quality early childhood education. Publications from her doctoral and postdoctoral research have been cited in numerous government reports and have contributed to improvements in state and federal government early childhood policy. She has strong established links with the early childhood sector, having delivered a number of keynote and conference presentations in Australia and internationally. Marianne is a strong advocate for children and the early childhood teaching profession. She has led a number of submissions to federal government departments on early childhood policy and is Chair of the NSW/ACT Early Childhood Teacher Education Council and the National Early Childhood Teacher Education Network. Marianne is the lead investigator of ARC Linkage grant 'What’s best for my child? Parents’ perspectives of childcare quality and early learning as contributors to childcare choice'.