Founder and Past/Former Director
Kathy Walker founded Early Life Foundations in 2008 and was the originator and designer of the Walker Learning pedagogy now known as WALKER LEARNING. Kathy was regarded nationally and internationally as a leading curriculum, teaching and learning expert in personalised learning and play based learning. Her expertise in these areas spanned over 30 years. In 2008, Kathy was awarded a Fellowship from the Australian Council for Educational Leaders for her extensive contributions to the improvement of student outcomes as a teacher, lecturer and consultant. Kathy has also been nominated for Australian of the Year and was awarded an OAM in 2014 for her extensive work with educators and families. Kathy retired in 2018.
WALKER LEARNING is Australia's first major personalised play-based and project-based curriculum for children birth to year 7. It has been implemented in early childhood education settings and schools across Australia and internationally for almost 20 years. Kathy Walker authored the educator text Play Matters and co-authored Early Childhood Play Matters and Engagement Matters. Published by ACER Press, these texts provide underpinning theory and practical stratagies on how to implement the Walker Learning approach. Early Life Foundations further supports educators and schools with professional learning and mentoring in the approach, delivered by a team of highly qualified and experienced Education Consultants and Academic Associates.
WALKER LEARNING is the exclusive product of The Walker Learning Group Pty Ltd T/A Early Life Foundations