Melanie has worked in the early childhood field for 25 years. She has worked as an Early Childhood Teacher, child care centre director, family day care coordinator, tertiary teacher and lecturer and research assistant. Melanie completed her Master of Education specialising in Early Childhood at Monash University in 2013. Her minor thesis for her Masters considered early childhood educator and parent perspectives of child care.

Melanie is currently a doctoral student having received a scholarship within the Australian Research Council Linkage Project titled ‘A best practice framework for playgroups-in-schools’, investigating playgroup participation within culturally diverse communities.