Our People

Our Values

We educate the next generation by growing emotionally intelligent and resilient children.
We engage our practitioners in current research to guide pedagogy and practice.
We are committed to children becoming lifelong learners.
We see children as capable and competent, and promote independence.
We strive for exceptional standards through constant Quality Improvement.

What We Do

Foundation Early Learning is unrivalled in childcare, with years of experience in the childcare and early education sector. We believe that the best early start in life, and the right nurturing environment, will create a world of possibilities for all children. This journey starts with the right early education as a springboard for emotional, social and academic success later in life.

Foundation Early Learning has depth and experience in providing quality childcare programs across Australia, including the latest contemporary research on early learning and care. A commitment to reflective practice and consultation leads Foundation Early Learning into a continual cycle of quality improvement.

Foundation Early Learning operates in Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, including regional areas.

Our Team

Foundation Early Learning Executive Team


Rob Hughes CEO

Rob Hughes

Having more than 25 years’ experience in driving and growing a range of service focussed businesses, Robert brings a range of experiences and skills that will enable Foundation Early Learning to deliver on its vision and strategy.  Robert has worked in various industries in corporate roles as well as in the capacity of consultant providing strategic advisory services.

Having a passion for leading businesses in providing valuable outcomes for all of their stakeholders, Robert believes in the delivery of quality childcare to the children in Foundation’s care.  Early childhood education is an essential element in the personal and educational development of all children.  The delivery of a sustainable business that continues to provide the services its communities seek and employ childcare workers to deliver these services is key to providing these educational outcomes.  Having a community of engaged staff, families and children is an essential element in achieving these goals. Creating a culture of care & respect, professionalism and innovation will enable the delivery of a sustainable business that will be able to support the needs of the community now and into the future.

Robert is committed to the above philosophies and to the ongoing success of Foundation Early Learning for all its stakeholders.


Fiona Alston - General Manager Education and Operations

Fiona Alston
Chief Operating Officer

Fiona is a strategic and motivational leader with extensive operational, financial and administrative expertise in the Early Childhood profession and sector.

With over twenty-five years’ experience in not for profit and profit services Fiona is an inspirational leader with first class communication skills and a track record of promoting, designing, delivering, and monitoring solutions to support growth and management of early learning centres.

Fiona believes that children are on a journey of self-discovery and change and have the right to experience a caring loving and educational environment and universal right to feel safe and healthy as lifelong learners.

Fiona possesses vast management directorship and has held a variety of Executive roles within the Early Childhood sector.

Fiona is experienced in taking childcare services, quality education and care to the next level.


Ann Caulton - Chief Financial Officer

Ann Caulton
Chief Financial Officer

With more than 25 years in finance and accounting, Ann’s experience across a variety of industries provides the ideal background for her current role as Foundation Early Learning’s Chief Financial Officer.

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in Scotland, Ann spent fourteen years with PwC, where she provided audit and advisory services to major local and national organisations across a diverse range of industries.  On leaving PwC, Ann moved to retail giant Colorado Group Limited where she gained 10 years’ experience in senior finance roles, latterly as Group Finance & Accounting Manager.  Immediately before joining Foundation Early Learning, Ann spent two years as a consultant with Brisbane accounting firm Bentleys, specialising in providing advisory services within the childcare sector.

Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting and Computer Science from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, and is a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.