Did you know:

“Workplace stress is associated with job dissatisfaction, staff turnover and staff attrition which all impact on the provision of quality childcare.” 


“Just under 50% of respondents said that they would definitely not choose childcare as a career if given the choice over again”  (Burdon, 2000)



In my work with childcare leaders, directors and centre owners I hear:

  • how challenging it is to manage stakeholder expectations: parents, boards, associations, regulators…
  • to ensure every aspect of the centre and the education and programs are compliant, not to mention ensuring you keep up with legislation that changes often
  • learning, testing and implementing new practices from current childcare research in a cost effective and streamlined way
  • staffing challenges: covering for unplanned leave, keeping staff off their devices and personal social media, getting staff to do the obvious, such as putting resources away and cleaning up, doing their required administrative tasks

What’s really going on is:

  • Feelings, fears and thoughts of:
    • I didn’t sign up for all this management, bureaucracy and administration, I’m passionate about childcare and I spend no time with the children
    • Am I cut out for all this: managing staff is so much more demanding and complicated then working
    • I don’t want to fail an audit, I don’t want to fail!

Register for the free Webcast to

Boost your Productive Leadership as a Childcare Leader / Director

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Wednesday 26th July 1:00pm (AEST Brisbane)

In the Courier Mail, in November 2016, it was reported that the independent authority overseeing the assessment and ratings of childcare centres and operators revealed 605 childcare operators in Queensland failed to pass national quality framework standards introduced in 2012.

Being a successful childcare operator means being a productive leader who can boost the productivity of their people and themselves, ensuring the work is done the most effective, safe and engaging way. The productive leader of a childcare centre masters the keys of success which are relationships, clarity of goals and roles, and maintaining healthy and productive boundaries.


Without awareness, skills and focus the programs you offer the children are adversely affected. Without awareness, skills and focus you and your team will never deliver results that reflect your desired level of productivity. It’s about working more effectively with your team and stakeholders, executing the work, empowering and driving performance. It’s time for childcare leaders, directors and operators to get deeper insight into how they spend their time so that they can stop feeling as though their efforts are invisible. Productive leaders are more discerning; they master key leadership skills – such as feedback, delegation, influence and prioritising – to achieve more and devilled quality service and programming, while simultaneously developing their team. Instead of ‘just getting by’ productive leaders are prolific and are constantly adding value to the team, their service offering and their centre.

In the free 60min webcast:

Learn why your productivity isn’t as prolific as it could be.
 Learn the three key components and why they are essential for productivity and success.
 Learn why relationships, clarity and boundaries are critical for your success as a childcare leader.

Take away tips, tools and strategies you can implement immediately to boost your productivity.

In addition to the webinar you will also receive:

Weekly Productivity Notes: every Tuesday receive an extra boost of productivity. 

A free Management Success Skills eBook: this is a self-paced self-coaching workbook designed to help you improve your people skills so you can be a more productive leader.

Register for the Webcast:

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Wednesday 26th July 1:00pm (AEST Brisbane)


Just a few insights from  attending the Productivity sessions with Sally:

  • “I cannot multi-task and I’m better off / more productive when I don’t multi-task.” Maria S.
  • “I never realised the effect of interruptions on focus and productivity.” Keelan M.
  • “Be present when someone talks to you.” Catherine W.
  • “There’s yes, no, not yet and not me … I have options.” Vivienne B.
  • “Scheduling me is important.” L.B.
  • “I very rarely look after me. I look after others. I need to look at myself.” Kevin R.


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Client Testimonials

Wow, is short of explaining how awesome I find Sally and regard her expertise. Her knowledge, understanding and expertise in training people to be better managers is simply amazing. Having managed people for the many years I found her advice real, easy to implement and has had a massive impact on how I will manage people in the future. Thank you Sally.

Sean Grabbelaar, Retail Manager & Start Up Entrepreneur

It was a pleasure to work with Sally Foley-Lewis on a project where Sally organised over 120 attendees for a training seminar with four speakers. Sally’s approach was professional, supportive, friendly and informative before, during and after the event. Sally ran the seminar and her approach as a MC was of the highest of standards.

Adrienne McLean, Helping Professionals Get More Clients

Sally was the MC and presented at a skills forum where I was also presenting. Sally’s engagement with the participants was a delight to watch and equally to experience. The content of her session was high quality and demanded attention. Her humour and warmth made her presentation very memorable.

Frances Cahill, Elevator Pitch Polisher | Wordsmith

Sally Foley-Lewis coordinated an excellent Resilience, Confidence & Self-Esteem Seminar for a large group of public speakers. I recommend Sally as a leader who is supportive, informative and highly professional.

Charmaine Burke, Training Director, Art of Communicating

I was so pleased and honoured that you accepted our invitation to present as the opening keynote speaker. I knew your presentation would be engaging and thought provoking – but you completely exceeded any expectations with regards to your humour, candid approach and the quality and depth of the information you provided.

Karoline Cummin, Samford & District Chamber of Commerce