Janine Kelly


ACTF Curriculum Officer

An experienced primary teacher with a passion for children’s programs and their educational potential, Janine produces teaching and learning resources which complement ACTF content and are aligned to the Australian Curriculum. She provides support for teachers using ACTF materials through workshops, seminars and outreach to schools. Janine has worked in a range of educational settings, including both primary and secondary schools in Australia and overseas.

What the Child Audience Can Learn from Our Ancestors

By focussing on children from our past, living history series Are You Tougher Than Your Ancestors? develops young people’s knowledge of Australian history, their national identity, and an understanding of their own capabilities.

Bringing Screen Stories to Life

In a recent virtual learning event, schools went behind the scenes with the cast and creator of The Unlisted. Students learnt about the making of this thrilling drama series, from ideation to production to broadcast.

Starting School: Kids’ TV to Ease First Day Jitters

For school starters and their families, there is a range of quality Australian programming which explores the environment, routines and expectations of primary school.

Having ‘The Talk’: Kids’ TV Can Start the Conversation

With young people having unprecedented access to inappropriate content, children’s television is well-placed to contribute to the sex ed conversation.

Kids’ TV and EdTech: Bridging the Distance Divide

Our virtual learning experiences highlight the ACTF’s role in media, culture and education.

Australian Stories: How Local Children’s Content Shapes Identities

Local content has the power to shape children’s personal identities, their collective national identity, and their relationships with others.

Building Cultural Competence through Children’s Content

Quality local content provides vicarious experiences that build children’s intercultural understanding, explains ACTF Curriculum Officer Janine Kelly.

First Day’s Julie Kalceff and Evie MacDonald on Diverse Media Representation

ACTF Education's live webinars enable teachers and students Australia-wide to connect with industry professionals and expertise, regardless of their school’s location. In our most recent video conference, students from around the country met First Day writer / director Julie Kalceff, and lead actress Evie MacDonald. Here's what was discussed in this compelling Q&A. 

The Invisible Australian Christmas

Why is it that Australian preschoolers spend their hot December days watching snowy fields and frosty snowmen on TV, when we’re really spending our holidays around barbecues, at the beach, or playing cricket in the backyard? This festive season, we’re wishing for more local experiences of Christmas represented on screen.

5 Reasons Why Parents Will Love Bluey

Ludo Studio’s delightful animated preschool series Bluey premiered on ABC Kids this month, and my four-year old daughter is its second biggest fan. Following me. Parents of Australia, here are five reasons why you will genuinely enjoy Bluey as much as your children will.