Natasha Ayling

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    Natasha Ayling is an early childhood educator with many years’ experience working in long day care, kindergarten, and the early years of school. She began her career with a Cert III before progressing to a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), through a Masters Degree, and now a PhD. She is passionate about children’s protection and safety and has found a niche investigating child abuse and neglect reporting practices with a view to understanding how educators can be better supported in their role. One of the key influences on reporting capability is self-efficacy (or confidence). Her current study is looking at self-efficacy at a collective level in early childhood education and care services. She was motivated to study this topic after learning about the story of little Mason Lee, who died from injuries inflicted by child abuse. Mason desperately needed educators to step up and be heroes.

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