Media centre

As a leading provider of early childhood education and care, ECMS can comment on a number of matters relating to our sector.

We can also assist media outlets and journalists in coordinating photo, filming and interview opportunities with children, families and early childhood educators.

Media enquiries

Julie Browning
0419 003 063



Kim Bertino - ECMS CEO

Kim joined ECMS as CEO in April 2018. Kim brings a wealth of experience in the early childhood sector to her role at ECMS. Throughout her career, Kim has held a range of positions in children's services, local government and not-for-profit sectors, and is the National Secretary for Australian Community Children's Association.

Over the last eight years, Kim has held executive positions at KU Children's Services. She has also represented the Australian Early Childhood Education and Care as sector delegate on several key Government Reference Groups including the Australian Research Council’s Engagement and Impact Assessment Pilot and the Australia Skills Quality Authority. Kim has a firm commitment to early childhood education being built on an integrated, inclusive community approach provided through a quality lens.

Kim has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Master of Business Leadership and is a Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire Facilitator and Assessor. 


Janet Williams-Smith – Director, Research and Development

Janet has a strong background in social justice, social inclusion and practice and policy development in Australia and the UK.
Before joining ECMS, Janet worked at the Children’s Protection Society for five years. In this role, Janet designed and delivered care and education models for children at risk of abuse and neglect. Janet also managed a randomised controlled trial research partnerships into the benefits of high-quality early childhood education and care for children at risk.

Janet worked at the Brotherhood of St Laurence for five years too, designing care models and developing programs for refugee children and families experiencing prolonged trauma and displacement.

Janet holds qualifications in early years care & education, registrations in general and psychiatric nursing and a Masters in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Systemic Family Therapy.