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KG Learning Team


Kelly Goodsir

Managing Director

Kelly Goodsir founded KG Learning, a professional learning company that focus' on improving pedagogical practice through strategic educational change in early childhood education.  Although her mum would say her teaching career began at the young age of 4 she has been formally engaged with the early childhood sector for 20 years across both Australian and New Zealand contexts.

Kelly has dedicated her career to her own and others development of pedagogy, learning and educational leadership and believes whole heartedly that through ‘thinking and learning collaboratively’ anything is possible.  You will be drawn to Kelly’s creative inspiration, her ability to make the complex simple and her unwavering advocacy for upholding children, families’ and educator rights.  Her strengths are grounded in long-term educational change, designing systems that foster autonomy, ownership and a strong positive learning culture – she will work through the problems WITH you. 

Kelly invites you into thinking deeply about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of teaching whilst compelling us to entwine wisdom and courage in all that we do.  She does through ‘empowering organisations to think and learn’.



  • Post Graduate Degree in Psychological Sciences, Deakin University

  • x4 Educational Leadership Subjects in a Masters Program

  • Reggio Emilia Study Tour, 2016, Italy

  • Bachelor in Early Childhood Studies, 2010, Melbourne University

  • Diploma Teaching Early Childhood, 1997, New Zealand Tertiary College


Rachel Flottman

Early Childhood Consultant

Rachel advocates for research-driven practice and policy in early childhood education, as well as work that is informed by human rights and values. She is best known for her work leading the development of the first Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (2009) and for her teaching and research at the University of Melbourne.


Rachel is motivated by attachment theory, debates around socio-cultural, developmental and rights-based theories of learning and teaching and she has a special interest in curriculum and pedagogical change. She brings together her knowledge of cutting edge research in early childhood education with her wisdom about what makes a great teacher, and a great learning experience for children and their families. 


Rachel looks forward to working with you and your team so that every child and family can benefit from quality and ethical early childhood experiences.


  • Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching (early childhood), 2015, Deakin University

  • Master of Business Administration, 2012, Monash University

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), 2004, Monash University

  • Bachelor of Social Science, 2003, RMIT University


Karen Hailes

NZ Study Tour Leader

Tēnā koutou, ko Karen toku ingoa, hello my name is Karen. Karen currently teaches as a Head Teacher of a Kindergarten in Oamaru in the south island of New Zealand; prior to her move home in 2017 she worked in various roles as a teacher, educational leader and a manager in Australia.

Her passion in teaching lies in the relationships with tamariki (children), whānau (families), kaiako (teachers), and Karen has always had a strong desire to learn and grow as a professional. She is down to earth and understands what it means to be authentic in her approach to teaching and believes this involves giving children the space to ‘play’.  Karen connects her practice as a teacher to theory and leadership seamlessly, she can speak to the important relationship between these spaces.

Karen has been a leader/host for KGLearning study tours since 2016 and has a welath of knowledge and practical experience that she willingly share’s and relates to local context, bicultural practice and what it means to be a life long learner.

Kua rārangi tahi tātou he whāriki mātauranga mō ngā rangatira o āpōpō.

Together we will weave an education mat for our leaders of tomorrow.



  • Diploma of Teaching ECE, 2002, NZ College of Education Christchurch

  • Diploma of Nursery Nursing, 2001, NZ College of Education Christchurch

Kelly Goodsir
Rachel Flottman
Karen Hailes
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