This is our industry and our passion.
We wanted to write resources that not only filled the need for Children’s Services, but that also inspired and encouraged learning in Educators and the children in their care.
Children’s Services can be a complex qualification to deliver and many companies selling learning materials are often not experts in Children’s Services or VET. CRA materials are developed not only by Early Childhood Educators, but also an RTO owner who fully understands the needs of RTOs, learners, trainers and governing bodies.
The author and CEO of Childcare Resources Australia, Karen Atkinson, is a respected and well established Early Childhood professional with over 27 years of experience, specialising in Early Childhood Education.
Karen is also the founder and CEO of Atkinson Training and Development a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) specialising in Children’s Services since 2007. Karen has been writing resources for Atkinson Training and Development for the last 5 years after being unable to locate up to date, affordable resources that did not link directly to another RTO’s website.
The aim of CRA is to share our resources without being in direct competition to you as an RTO. This means our CRA branding is completely separate from our RTO, so there is no conflict of interest. The positive of us being an RTO means that we are using these resources on a daily basis and as such we have a vested interest in all our learning materials being compliant with the National Training Package and NVR Standards.
The purpose of sharing these resources stems from a passion to raise the standards of learning resources within Children’s Services to help develop a new generation of highly qualified, informed and reliable childcare professionals and Educators. A portion of profits are donated directly to support programs for children here and in Cambodia. The more we sell, the more they receive.
Karen has a number of qualifications, starting with her entry into Children’s Services via the Certificate in Child Care Studies (CCCS). After working in the field for several years, Karen obtained her Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching and Bachelor of Education (Hons, Class 1) from which she became a University lecturer for 7 Years at UWS and Newcastle University specialising in Child Development, Curriculum and Programming, Literacy and Management of Children’s Services. In addition to providing in-services to childcare centres, preschools and school-based programs, Karen provides an ‘Early Intervention Service’ for children and families with additional needs. Throughout her academic and professional career, Karen has maintained a strong belief in the advocacy of children’s rights and development. This passion and experience is demonstrated through the creation of her learning resources, co-written by several highly trained Children’s Service professionals, and the use of these resources within her own college.
Our Business Manager, Brie Foote, has been with Childcare Resources Australia from the very beginning. From editing to marketing, Brie is involved in every aspect of the company and believes in the materials CRA provides.
“Adult Education and Training is extremely important to me. I firmly believe that it is crucial we have an environment that supports, respects and acknowledges learners as adults, especially school-leavers. I have spent the last 5 years gaining qualifications including Cert IV in Frontline Management, Diploma of Management and currently a Bachelor of Psychology to invigorate and renew these skills. With my application of technological mediums and social media, combined with the knowledge gained from my Psychology degree my aim is to create works that change an industry.
I want to contribute to this wonderful society in a variety of ways. I edit and distribute learning resources for Children’s Services to raise the standard currently offered and to provide alternative in the marketplace. I also use my other talents to perform and sing for crowds of 150+ on any given weekend. This has given me the confidence and adopt the positivist approach within my life to achieve my goals, promote my creations and pay it forward.”
Making CRA materials accessible, easy to read and, most of all, fun is Brie’s real passion. She works to ensure that every future Educator receives a high volume of learning, whilst being engaged and absorbing the knowledge. She lives for formatting, colour themes and e-learning.
Brie has a background in Psychology, is currently undertaking her Master in Counselling, and is focused on Industrial/Organisational change management and growth. She has completed her Cert IV and Diploma in Management and has been in corporate positions for most of her career.