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Advocating for age-appropriate education and happy healthy childhood


Our mission is to advocate for happy and healthy childhoods where learning is child-centred, age-appropriate, activity-based and fun. Education should meet the holistic development of each child, free from standardised testing and ranking.

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Our Ambassadors

Maggie Dent. Ambassador for Protecting Childhood
Steve Biddulph. Ambassador for Protecting Childhood
Robin Grilles. Ambassador for Protecting Childhood

Steve Biddulph

Steve Biddulph is one of the world’s best  known parent educators. A psychologist for 25 years, he is now retired but continues to write and teach.  His books, including The Secret of Happy Children, Raising Boys, The New Manhood and now RAISING GIRLS are in four million homes and 31 languages.  They have influenced the way we look at childhood and especially the development of boys and men.  Today though, the exploitation and misuse of girls and young women globally are a major focus.

Steve’s live talks have had a remarkable public response, reaching 130,000 people over almost  30 years .   Many people express surprise at how moving and emotional these talks are, as well as how much fun.  Steve has sold out many theatre tours across the UK and will return there again in september and october of 2015. 

Robin Grille

Robin Grille is a psychologist in private practice and a parenting educator. His articles on parenting and child development have been widely published and translated in Australia and around the world. Robin’s first book: ‘Parenting for a Peaceful World’ has received international acclaim and led to speaking engagements around Australia, USA, UK, New Zealand and Canada. His second book, ‘Heart to Heart Parenting’ is now translated into Korean and German. Robin’s work is animated by his belief that humanity’s future is largely dependent on the way we collectively relate to our children.

Maggie Dent

Commonly known as Australia’s ‘queen of common-sense’, Maggie Dent is an author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist with a particular interest in the early years and adolescence. 

Maggie’s experience includes teaching, counselling, and working in palliative care/funeral services and suicide prevention. Maggie is an advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children in order to strengthen families and communities. She is a passionate, positive voice for children of all ages.

Robin Grille in support of
Protecting Childhood

Maggie Dent: Stop stealing childhood in the name of education

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Tom Hardy

Tom is an ex Primary School Principal and President of the Queensland Association of State School Principals and the Australian Government Primary Principals Association.

He has worked as a school consultant in his capacity as an Associate of Cambridge Education Australia.

For two years he assisted the introduction of the Professional Standards for Teachers and School Leaders in the state of Qatar.

Currently he is a Professional Learning Liaison officer with the University of the Sunshine Coast and occasionally a relief teacher.

These roles have given him an understanding of the changing nature of teaching and classrooms in the public and private sector.

He has written letters to principal associations exhorting them to act on their submissions to the Senate Inquiry and to ACARA. He says, “Our misgivings about regime testing are now a stark and destructive reality. We cannot say we stand for quality education when the deleterious effects of NAPLAN have become so insidious.”

Michael Nagel, Ambassador for Protecting Childhood

Michael Nagel

Dr Michael Nagel is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast where he teaches and researches in the areas of cognition, human development, behaviour and learning.  He is the author of ten books on child development and learning used by teachers and parents in over twenty countries. His most prominent books to date include ‘Boys-Stir-Us:  Working WITH the Hidden Nature of Boys’, ‘In the Beginning: The Brain, Early Development and Learning’, ‘Nurturing A Healthy Mind: Doing What Matters Most for Your Child’s Developing Brain, ‘It’s a Girl Thing’ and ‘In The Middle: The Adolescent Brain, Behaviour and Learning’. Dr Nagel has also delivered over 300 workshops and seminars for parents and teachers nationally and internationally.  Nominated as Australian Lecturer of the Year each year since 2010, Dr Nagel has been a guest on ‘TV New Zealand Breakfast’, ‘Sunrise’, ‘A Current Affair’ and ‘The Project’, is a member of the prestigious International Neuropsychological Society, is the Queensland Director of the Australian Council on Children and the Media, sits on a number of education boards and committees and is a feature writer for ‘Jigsaw’ and the ‘Child’ series of magazines which collectively offers parenting advice to more than one million Australian readers. 

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Rae Pica

Rae Pica has been an education consultant ( specializing in the education of the whole child, children’s physical activity, and developmentally appropriate practice since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 19 books, including the text Experiences in Movement and Music, in its fifth edition; the award-winning Great Games for Young Children and Jump into Literacy and, most recently, What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Improving Education and Children’s Lives.

Rae is known for her lively and informative keynotes and trainings and has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon’s Blues Clues, Gymboree, Nike, and school districts and health departments throughout the country. Rae also blogs for Huffington Post, is a member of the executive committee of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, and is cofounder of BAM Radio Network (, the world’s largest online education radio network, where she currently hosts Studentcentricity, interviewing experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more.