The Association of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies (AGECS) is a membership-based, not-for-profit charity providing professional learning resources and opportunities for its members and other professionals working in the early childhood education and care sector. AGECS members work, or have worked, in the field of early childhood education and care or have significantly contributed to the field in other ways. The Association has a history of over 100 years of philanthropic work, which continues through its establishment of the Foundation of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies.

Our goals

Serving our community

AGECS strives to be an outstanding early childhood association that understands and responds to the needs of its members and the broader community.

Advancing professional knowledge and practice

AGECS Council seeks to provide opportunities, via grants, events and resources that advance professional knowledge and practice.

Empowerment through professional wellbeing

AGECS seeks to inspire members in their professional growth, through initiatives that promote and support resilience, morale and professional wellbeing.

Innovation in professional learning

AGECS seeks to be responsive to the needs of members through the provision of resources that are multi-modal, flexible and interesting.

Our vision

We believe that early childhood professionals change lives.

We believe that investing in early childhood education and care changes the life trajectories of children, families, and communities. Our mission is to Advance, Empower, Resource so that early childhood professionals can thrive. 

AGECS is a leader in advancing, empowering, and resourcing early childhood professionals because of our commitment to being engaged, connected and responsive to education and care in the early years.  

Our themes and values

  • Empowerment: Nurturing and inspiring professional wellbeing and resilience
  • Resourcing: Providing funds, materials and opportunities for the ECEC profession
  • Leading: Setting directions for the ECEC profession, that are responsive to diversity
  • Advancing: Providing a platform for professional reflection and growth
  • Connecting: Building relationships in the ECEC community that value diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Innovating: Supporting the exploration of new ideas and new voices