In 2011, a one-year research study was initiated to build pedagogical knowledge and generic leadership capacity in TLs working in AISWA schools.
One TL 'engaged AISWA reps to support findings for school' (TL4).
To support TLs, AISWA set up a secure Early Years Leaders Online Discussion Forum, which provided professional learning and ongoing ICT support.
One TL believed the AISWA discussion site was 'useful to see others' projects and share resources' (TL4), while a second explained, 'it was great to see how others were going and what challenges they were facing' (TL6).
The development of the PLAR Training Model, and close partnerships between Edith Cowan University and AISWA, afforded numerous opportunities to strengthen pedagogical knowledge, leadership capacity and reflect on career trajectories.
Throughout this process, communication between the researcher, AISWA representative and TLs was continuous, supportive and reflective of their ongoing professional learning needs.
In these instances, TLs relied on support from the researcher, AISWA consultants and colleagues.
This research has relied on the support of AISWA, their representative Crescentia Anthony, principals of participating independent schools and the generosity and goodwill of the early childhood teacher participants.