About Associate Professor Marianne Fenech

I am passionate about quality, inclusive early childhood education for young children. My teaching and research focus on effective early childhood settings through strong management and leadership, and the development of a quality and equitable system of early childhood education in Australia through policy and industrial reform.

I am interested in the governing of early childhood services, teacher education, and teachers, and the impact this governance has on the provision of quality, inclusive early childhood education. I utilise Foucauldian and social justice theory to analyse the effects of government architectures (such as regulation, marketisation, subsidy arrangements and teacher standards) and organisational approaches to service leadership, management and workforce development and sustainability.

I have over 10 years’ experience managing and leading services for families and young children, and since 2004, have lectured and conducted research on quality early childhood education. I have strong established links with the early childhood sector, having delivered a number of keynote and conference presentations in Australia and internationally. I am a strong advocate for children and the early childhood teaching profession. I have led a number of submissions to federal government departments on early childhood policy and is Chair of the NSW/ACT Early Childhood Teacher Education Council and the National Early Childhood Teacher Education Network.


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Selected publications

  • Fenech, M., Salamon, A., Stratigos, T. (2019). Building parents' understandings of quality early childhood education and care and early learning and development: Changing constructions to change conversations. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 27(5), 706-721. [More Information]
  • Fenech, M. (2019). Pursuing a social justice agenda for early childhood education and care: Interrogating marketisation hegemony in the academy. In K. Freebody, S. Goodwin & H. Proctor (Eds.), Higher education, pedagogy and social justice: Politics and practice, (pp. 81-96). Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Fenech, M., Skattebol, J. (2019). Supporting the inclusion of low-income families in early childhood education: An exploration of approaches through a social justice lens. International Journal of Inclusive Education, Online first. [More Information]
  • Fenech, M., Wilkins, D. (2019). The representation of the national quality framework in the Australian print media: Silences and slants in the mediatisation of early childhood education policy. Journal of Education Policy, 34(6), 748-770. [More Information]
  • Beutler, D., Fenech, M. (2018). An analysis of the Australian government�s jobs for families child care package: The utility of bacchi�s WPR methodology to identify potential influences on parents� childcare choices. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 43(1), 16-24. [More Information]
  • Degotardi, S., Sweller, N., Fenech, M., Beath, A. (2018). Infuences on Parents' Child Care Choices: A Comparative Analysis of Preschool and Long Day Care Users. Child and Youth Care Forum, 47(5), 683-700. [More Information]
  • Stratigos, T., Fenech, M. (2018). Supporting parents' informed early childhood education and care choices through playgroups. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 43(4), 14-21. [More Information]
  • Fenech, M., Lotz, M. (2018). Systems advocacy in the professional practice of early childhood teachers: From the antithetical to the ethical. Early Years, 38(1), 19-34. [More Information]