Illawarra, NSW, Australia
+61 481 207 586


About Above & Beyond

Above and Beyond Consulting has emerged from my journey in the sector of Early Childhood Education.

Hello, I’m Stella Stead. I am an advocate for early childhood. My Early Childhood journey commenced in 1997. Throughout the past 24 years I have worked in both the private sector in Long Day Care and Community based services.

Above & Beyond Consulting is about empowering educators to be the best they can be. When I meet clients, many have been in the role for many years and looking for new ideas and perspectives, whilst other clients are new to the role and are not sure the skill set required to be successful in the role. First and foremost, it is about happiness. Anything that we choose to do in life should be because we want to. Not just for the money, not for the status, but because it brings you pure joy. I always ask my clients; ”Are you happy?”.


If you are searching for a consultant who is not only passionate but also authentic when presenting topics, look no further. My intrinsic motivation shines through in every session.

My passion is to inspire and empower educators to be the best they can be

Above and Beyond Early Childhood Consulting aims to mentor and coach leaders to be authentic in their roles. I work with my clients to be authentic in their roles as leaders, whether it be as a Nominated Supervisors or as the Educational leader of the service.

Leadership is about creating more leaders, not followers. The key to a happy and effective team is to have leaders who are confident, competent and humble in their roles. Leaders who will take the initiative and lead the way for continuous improvement.

The sessions are led by material from:

* The National Quality Framework
* Early Years Learning Framework
* Education and Care Services Regulations
* Current research and topics of the Early childhood sector

Speaker & Author

The last few years have seen me host educator evenings and in March 2020 I hosted the Childhood Education Conference with over 150 attendees from NSW and Interstate. With keynote speakers from the USA and University lecturers, the day was a huge success. The day was featured in the Illawarra Mercury and also on WIN News.

My passion and enthusiasm will engage the audience and have them leaving the session more empowered and intrinsic motivation.
I have spoken at conferences presenting topics such as Critical Reflection and team motivation. I am available for speaking events, please email me for bookings.

I have also written a few books and resources, you can find these on the resource page. 

Long Day Care Experience

I have been a director for services, where I found my passion for leadership and empowering teams. The Community based service for which I was director was rated exceeding in all seven quality areas by ACECQA (Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority).

Training & Assessing

My journey as an assessor and trainer allowed me to disseminate my passion for Early childhood to the students studying the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. These classes taught students about the National Quality Framework, Early Years Learning Framework and The Education and Care Services National Regulations and National Law. These classes provided both time for learning about theory and the skill set required to become an authentic educator.

Early Childhood consultant

This role has been an opportunity to meet and mentor early childhood practitioners. It has allowed me to teach practitioners of the importance of leadership and how to fulfil their roles in a competent manner. I have worked with Nominated Supervisors, Educational Leaders and individual teams. Many services have made contact to conduct other services after our sessions have been completed.

Workshop Facilitator

This role has allowed me to research and construct workshops for services. I have facilitated workshops on diverse topics inclusive to early childhood education. Many services have made contact for another workshop after attending.

My qualifications include:
* Diploma of Social Science (Children’s Services)
* Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
* TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (with upgraded component)
* Accredited as a proficient teacher by NSW Education Standards- NESA
* Currently completing Diploma of Leadership and Management

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“Above and Beyond Early Childhood Consultancy has become my go-to for advice, resources and professional development. Stella Stead is a wonderful advocate for the Early childhood sector and radiates positivity. I have a new found sense of motivation moving forward, as I implement ideas, resources and information gained from workshops, affordable webinars and conversations with Stella.”
~ Jenna