The following courses aim to inspire educators by providing up-to-date information and research on children’s behaviour and development combined with meaningful strategies and program ideas that influence high-quality education and care.
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Young Gifted Children in ECE Settings – NESA Endorsed
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 intellectually gifted and an understanding of how to use teaching strategies based on their interests and development. Participants will also examine ways to identify giftedness and their obligations under the National Quality Stands.
Completing Young Gifted Children in ECE Settings will contribute 3 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
How Children’s Brains Grow and Develop – NESA Endorsed 2018
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
Completing How Children’s Brains Grow and Develop will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.1.2 and 1.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Understanding and working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela
“The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) shows that 1 in 5 children are developmentally vulnerable on one or more domain(s). 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. Attending this workshop will enable educators to understand disadvantage and how this impacts on a child’s development as well as behaviour, relationships and participation.
This valuable workshop is designed to equip educators with positive engagement strategies and program ideas to support vulnerable children and their families.
QUALITY AREAS – 1, 4, 5 & 6
Completing Vulnerable and Valuable will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
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
Interpreting children’s challenging behaviours:
strategies, interventions and responses – Speaking Their Language
All behaviour is a form of communication. This workshop is designed to as-sist educators in understanding what children are communicating through challenging behaviours.
By exploring theories such as emotional intelligence and working with trauma research, this workshop aims to help educators identify the ‘why’ and ‘what’ behind a child’s behaviour. Educators will have the opportunity to discuss effective strategies to engage and work with children who exhibit challenging behaviours.
This is an essential workshop for educators wanting to know how to work more effectively with children who display challenging behaviours.
QUALITY AREAS – 1, 4, 5 & 6
Do You See What They See?
Exploring the world through the eyes of the child
“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