As a nanny, do you understand your entitlements? As an agency, do you know the legal rates your nannies should actually be earning? As a private employer, do you understand how to pay your domestic staff? As a collective, are FairWork obligations, tax legislation and superannuation contributions being upheld in your domestic employment situation?

Emma Bowdler is a small business owner and mother of 4 who has employed nannies for her own children. With more than 13 years experience, Emma is an accountant, a registered tax agent, managing director of a recruitment agency and the founder of NannyPay.

NannyPay is the result of many families, agencies and nanny enquiry into the complicated world of payroll and its associated obligations and requirements. NannyPay strives to provide a seamless service to families, nannies and agencies to ensure they are paid on time, accurately and in compliance with industry regulations.

Emma’s approachable and easy-going nature will ensure all our attendees will be well informed as to the legalities and obligations faced by both employers and nannies and will equip us with the tools we need to set personal employment standards and know our worth as child care professionals.



Sarah Broderick from Connected Children

Sarah is an occupational therapist with 15 years experience supporting children and their families. She has worked in private practice for 9 years and runs workshops for parents and teachers managing meltdowns, anxiety and challenging behaviours.

As an occupational therapist, thinking about the holistic needs of children and their families, she has an interest in nurturing children’s capacity to thrive and flourish. Occupational therapists support people of all ages to engage in occupational roles that are meaningful to them.

Sarah’s interest is in supporting families to be able to engage in activities that give them a sense of satisfaction and fulfill their potential in a way that is meaningful to them. The psychosocial aspect of her practice involves helping parents to better understand their child’s behaviour and think about supporting them when their child’s behaviours are not in line with the best needs for their child’s development.

As an OT Sarah tries to understand behaviours not just as behaviours but consider the child within the roles in their lives that are meaningful to them. The values she holds in her practice are that the work that she does has to fit that child and family.

VANESSA HAMILTON FROM Talking the Talk Sex & Health Education

Vanessa Hamilton is a Sexuality Nurse Educator and Mum to three wonderful boys. She is the founder of Talking the Talk, working as a highly respected and sought after speaker, writer and educator. Vanessa has spoken to literally tens of thousands of people about Sex and Sexuality during her 24 years experience as a Sexual Health Nurse and has also spent 16 years educating children and adults. She has immersed herself in helping parents, teachers and health professionals understand Human Sexuality and how it relates to children. By providing simple explanations, tools and tips she reduces the fear that many people have and facilitates conversations that support children as they grow up in this hypersexualised society. Her tag line is “Lets get started it’s easier than you think”.

Helen Godfrey – Building Resiliency in Children

Helen Godfrey has over 35 years teaching experience working in a Victorian Outdoor Education Centre. Teaching students from government schools about challenge, teamwork and leadership through many outdoor activities including, canoeing, rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, walking, cross country skiing, high ropes and horse riding. In addition to this she has brought up two children to be resilient adults.

As a teacher she has a strong interest in building resiliency in young people through learning how to assess risk and undertake challenges. These challenges may be the ones commonly thought of in outdoor education as the physical ones, but there are many other challenges for young people including social, and emotional challenges.

Over her extensive career with children from all ages, experiences and backgrounds she has developed an understanding of how to encourage risk taking and allowing the children to develop resiliency strategies to set them up for the challenging future they will have as adults in today’s changing society.

KATIE JACOBSON FROM Eco Explorers Australia

Katie is a passionate environmental educator and scientist who has over 20 years experience running environmental education programs and more recently, working with children as a fully accredited AustSwim Teacher. She is currently completing her studies in Early Childhood Education and has many years bush experience while conducting field research ‘off the beaten track’ in remote farming, forested and desert landscapes.

From an early age her father, an exploration geologist, taught Katie to read maps and the bush to survive and she looks forward to sharing these skills with the next generation of great explorers!

Katie runs bush playgroups for Eco Explorers at Lysterfield Lake and Wattle park.



Jan Millikan, OAM, is the founder and former Director of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange (REAIE), a continuing committee member, and the REAIE representative to the Reggio Children International Network. Most recently Jan represented REAIE as one of the partners in the Thinker in Residence program organised by the Government of South Australia. Jan was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2012 for services to Early Childhood Education.
Jan’s professional roles have involved work as a consultant in multicultural education, and a lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the University of Melbourne. Jan has also been a Senior Fellow at both Melbourne and Monash Universities, as well as a Fellow of the Australian Council of Educators. She has authored two books, and has contributed many professional articles to journals both nationally and internationally. Jan is on the editorial board for the Journal of Research in International Education.

BEN WOOD ILLUSTRATOR – www.benwoodillustrations.com

Ben Wood is a children’s illustrator. He has illustrated over 25 books, including Blast Off! by Shelly Unwin, the Squishy Taylor series by Ailsa Wild, and the exciting new series Real Pigeons by Andrew McDonald. He has also had several titles on the CBCA Notable list in 2016 and 2017. When not in the studio, Ben visits schools across Australia.