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Marian Prete

Director, Regional and Remote Early Childhood Programs

Queensland Department of Education

Early Childhood and Education Improvement/State Schools

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Marian commenced her career with the Queensland Department of Education in 1987 and since that time has held the positions of teacher, teacher-librarian, Principal Education Advisor (Curriculum, Teaching and Learning), Regional Manager (Student Services) and Director (Early Childhood and State Schools – Rural and Remote). Marian has lived and worked across Queensland from Coen and Bloomfield River in the north to Arcadia Valley in the west(ish) with a stint down south in Brisbane along the way but home is the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland.

Marian’s employer, the Queensland Department of Education, Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) is the regulatory authority responsible for administering the National Quality Framework (NQF) in Queensland. It is also the regulatory authority for services captured under the Education and Care Services Act 2013. The regulatory authorities’ responsibilities include:

Approving, licensing and regulating early childhood education and care services in Queensland.
Funding services to support the early childhood education and care of Queensland children.
Driving national early childhood education and care reforms in Queensland.
Promoting successful transitions from home to early childhood education to school.
Investing in evidence-based programs to support learning and development.

Marian currently has oversight of the implementation of a range of national, state and regional programs that support the delivery of high-quality early childhood programs that are compliant with the NQF. Marian will soon move into the position of Regional ECEC Director in the Department of Education’s Far North Queensland region. In that role Marian will be responsible for the regulation of approximately 250 ECEC services from Cardwell in the south, north to Saibai Island (in the Torres Strait) and west to Forsayth.