We run a range of professional development courses designed to inspire early and middle childhood educators with the latest information and research on behaviour and development. Each hands-on workshop will equip you with meaningful strategies and program ideas with a focus on the highest quality education and care.
Our practical courses will encourage educators to reflect on the quality of their relationships with children and the impact these relationships have on children’s learning. Each course has been selected specifically for educators who want to understand more about the behaviour and development of children they are working with.
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Young Gifted Children in ECE Settings – NESA Registered PD
This is a full day session presented in two parts by Dr Mimi Wellisch. Both courses are NESA registered.
Course 1 – Young Gifted Children in ECE Settings – 3 hours.
The focus of this 3-hour course is for teachers to develop an understanding of the physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of children who are gifted and an understanding of how to use teaching strategies based on the physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of children who are gifted.
Course 2 – Young Gifted Children: Differentiating Teaching Strategies in ECE Settings – 3 hours.
During this 3-hour course teachers will develop an understanding of differentiating teaching strategies and develop activities to meet the specific learning needs of gifted children.
How Children’s Brains Grow and Develop – NESA Registered PD
Did you know that when a baby is born, their brain actually contains more neurons than there are stars in the Milky Way?
Exploring the science and research around how children’s brains grow and develop, this workshop will enable educators to:
- Realise how educators’ practice assists in building children’s brains.
- Understand how trauma impacts on the brain and a child’s behaviour.
- Discover how play can assist children’s brain growth and development.
This workshop will provide educators with an enhanced understanding of the difference between a child and an adult brain and the impact of brain development on children’s development and behaviour.
QUALITY AREAS – 1 & 5
Working with a strengths based approach to bring out the best in children from vulnerable backgrounds
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela
Attending this workshop will enable educators to understand the complex notion of disadvantage and how it impacts on a child’s development, behaviour, relationships and participation.
‘Good programs at critical points in development are able to shape children’s outcomes across five domains’ (AEDC). Early childhood educators play a vital role in reducing vulnerabilities in children. By exploring current research and understanding how to work with a trauma informed approach, this workshop aims to support educators working with and supporting children who often have complex and difficult life experiences, and to help them to shine.
QUALITY AREAS – 1, 4, 5 & 6
Born to Be Wild
Creating adventure experiences with babies
“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
What does adventure look like for babies? And how are we as educators encouraging the development of curiosity and adventure in babies?
Focusing on sensory exploration and adventurous environments, this session is a hands-on, visual experience for educators. The aim is to inspire educators to be adventurous and provide opportunities for babies to develop their sense of curiosity through discovery and exploration.
If you work with babies and are looking for inspiration, this session is for you!
QUALITY AREAS – 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6
Do You See What They See?
Considering the child’s perspective when engaging and observing play
“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity.” – Thomas Henry Huxley
When we observe children, what is our purpose and what are we seeing? How often do we take the time to properly observe children’s play? Are we capturing the wonder and amazement that children experience through their play?
During this session, educators will have the opportunity to identify the lenses through which they view children. We will also discuss strategies to engage with children in a more meaningful and respectful teaching and learning process.
This session aims to inspire educators to reflect on their practice and find ways to highlight the understandings that children formulate about the world during play. Educators will explore how to use their observations to plan environments that form deeper connections to children’s exploration and discovery.
QUALITY AREAS – 1, 4, 5 & 6
Play increases children’s interest in activities and other people. Play also teaches children how communicating with others can help, so they’re motivated to keep trying.
This practical and informative session will unpack how a play-based approach to supporting children with
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ADS) can build relationship and language skills.
QUALITY AREAS – 1, 5, 6 & 7
Going to Big School Next Year – Helping Families and Children Prepare – NESA Registered PD
Early years educators understand the changes children face when moving to school – what more can we do to ensure each child (and their family) is truly ready to transition?
This session will explore how we can prepare children and families to embrace the transition and to have a clear picture of what to expect at big school and work together to create achievable long term goals.
The course will examine issues such as:
- Adapting to a different learning approach and curriculum
- Building resilience
- Creating joint goals and
- Building new friendships and relationships
This session will leave educators with a better understanding of how to communicate the importance and value of their preschool program, negotiate parents expectations and clearly articulate these benefits throughout a child’s lifespan.
QUALITY AREAS – 1, 5, & 6
Completing Transition to School will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Childrens Right’s, Childrens Voices – NESA Registered PD
This session aims to explore the background to the concept of the rights of the child with links to the EYLF, Code of Ethics and the National Quality Standards, and how to embed the rights of the child in practice. Participants will examine Standard 5.1.2 The dignity and rights of every child are maintained and its implications for practice and explore strategies of how to embed the rights of the child in daily practices, programs and relationships.
QUALITY AREAS – 1 & 5
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An innovative program that focuses on the child
Our team of highly experienced educators strive to create an engaging and innovative program of professional development courses for early and middle childhood teachers and carers.
We understand how passionate childcare professionals are about improving their skills and practice, and how this in turn can enhance the positive outcomes for the children in your care. For that reason we are constantly reviewing our child-focused training sessions as well as creating new workshops that integrate the latest in development research and children’s development thinking.
Expert training from CELA
As the peak body for Australia’s early and middle childhood education sector, CELA has developed a reputation for excellence in early and middle childhood professional development. Our highly experienced facilitators have trained thousands of industry professionals across Australia.