Children’s Services Professional Learning Program

This program supports educators to broaden their learning and development by providing access to high quality, relevant and affordable training opportunities.

An extensive range of topics will be presented by respected and inspiring speakers. Sessions are suitable for educators who work in a range of services. Please check the details of each session for suitability.

Testimonials

"The whole session was delivered very professionally, valuable information and inspiring us to incorporate many practical ideas in our programs."

"Great presenter, lots of ideas going forward. Real life examples. Lots to relate to my team."

"I was expecting this topic to be a bit dull – not at all. I really enjoyed the presentation."

Booking information

  • Bookings are essential as there are limited places available for each session.
  • All sessions are $35 per person (GST inclusive).
  • Please note there will be no refund available should you be unable to attend.
  • Certificates will be issued for each session attended.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the session to allow time to park, sign in and collect your certificate.

View the Professional Learning Program flyer:

 2017 Professional Learning Program flyer (PDF, 374 Kb)

Semester one program

Bookings open Monday 20 February.

Child Safe Standards – an overview for educators

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The Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian early childhood services and schools, to ensure they are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect.

This information session will provide an overview of the Child Safe Standards and their implications for education and care services. Information provided will be in the context of existing requirements for early childhood services in Victoria. Areas of policy and practice that may need to be reviewed or changed will be highlighted.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the 7 Child Safe Standards and underlying principles.
  • Understand what the standards mean for educators everyday work.
  • Explore how to apply the standards to some tricky situations.
  • Identify areas of practice for review or change.

Presented by: Debbie Cole
Designed for: educators from early childhood & primary school aged services
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Maroondah City Council Offices

 Child Safe Standards – an overview for educators (PDF, 528 Kb)

This session has now expired.

Speak Up – Understanding child abuse and your response

Thursday 23 March

Topics:

  • What is child abuse?
  • What are the indicators of abuse?
  • Offender behaviour and the ‘grooming’ process
  • Prevention and risk management\
  • Reporting concerns

Learning outcomes:

  • Talking to children about protective behaviours and personal safety.
  • How to recognise the behavioural indicators of child abuse in children.
  • Understanding how child sex offenders can target children and form special relationships with them.
  • Reporting child abuse – HOW, WHY and WHAT is your responsibility

Presented by: Child Wise
Designed for: Educators from early childhood & primary school aged services
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Maroondah City Council Offices

 Speak Up – Understanding child abuse and your response (PDF, 500 Kb)

This session has now expired.

Navigating the autism journey

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You will learn about a parent’s perspective of navigating life with a child on the Spectrum, including an overview of what ASD can look like in the early childhood setting.

Learn strategies on collaborative communication with parents, embracing ASD within an early childhood education setting and how you can positively support the journey towards a diagnosis.

This session will include strategies on anxiety, recognising anxious behaviours and responding in partnership with parents.

We will also look at building and refining referral processes to support children within your program who may be needing additional support.

You will be provided with information and links to free programs and resources to use in supporting students and the class as a whole.

Presented by: Kate Johnson (Spectrum Journeys Inc)
Designed for: Educators from early childhood & primary school aged services
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Karralyka

 Navigating the autism journey (PDF, 531 Kb)

Behaviour ‘management’: Is children’s behaviour ours to manage?

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Discuss children’s behaviour in the contemporary education and care setting. Explore the reasons and functions that drive children’s behaviour as developing human beings using an analogy about filling cups based on the theoretical frameworks of Maslow and Glasser.

This workshop will evoke critical reflection and deep thinking around traditional ‘Behaviour Management’ practices. Educators will be challenged to re-think and re-frame the role of educators in supporting children's emerging social competence.

Presented by: Sandi Phoenix
Designed for: Educators from early childhood & primary school aged services
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Karralyka

 Behaviour ‘management’: Is children’s behaviour ours to manage (PDF, 522 Kb)

The art of keeping your policies alive

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Are your service policies a practical and useful guide for staff? Do educators and other staff refer to them regularly? Does everyone know how to flag an issue that requires a policy review and update? Ensuring service policies are a current and workable tool for staff can be a challenge, which left too long soon becomes a mammoth task. This session aims to tackle this issue head on.

It will provide you with all the inspiration and practical tools necessary to implement a simple ongoing system to keep your policies current. The session will include a scan of current and emerging sector changes and issues that have implications for service policies.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to set up an ongoing process of policy review and update.
  • Understand the steps of reviewing and updating policies.
  • Develop strategies for engagement of families and staff in the review and implementation of policies.

Presented by: Debbie Cole
Designed for: Directors/Coordinators and 2ICs, Committee of Management/School Council Members, Managers and Educators
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Karralyka

 The art of keeping your policies alive (PDF, 502 Kb)

Using observation to understand the meaning behind
children’s behaviour

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KidsMatter Early Childhood is a mental health and wellbeing initiative. We use a range of tools to support educators’ understanding of how to identify early risk factors for children’s mental health and wellbeing. Understanding what children are feeling and thinking, how their behaviour impacts their social relationship and learning ability can assist us in providing targeted strategies to support an early intervention approach.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identification of risk factors that impact children’s mental health and wellbeing.
  • Unpacking through case study the meaning behind children’s internalising and externalising behaviours.

Presented by: Glenda Grummet (KidsMatter Early Childhood)
Designed for: Educators from early childhood services
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Karralyka

 Using observation to understand the meaning behind children’s behaviour (PDF, 497 Kb)



Play-based learning and intentional teaching: forever different?

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Play-based learning is a cornerstone of early childhood education provision. Play provides opportunities for young children to explore ideas, experiment with materials and express new understandings. International and national research highlights the value of sustained and reflective interactions between children and educators in promoting children’s learning.

Overseas, the movement towards quality play-based pedagogy reflects debate and policy initiatives captured by the notion of intentional teaching. In Australia, the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) makes explicit reference to intentional teaching. Intentional teaching arguably engages educators and children in shared thinking and problem solving to build young children’s learning outcomes. However, the pedagogical relationship between play-based learning and intentional teaching remains difficult to conceptualise. This is because the value placed on the exploratory potential of play-based learning can appear to be at odds with the role of intentional teaching in promoting knowledge development.

This presentation reaches beyond binary constructs of play and intentional teaching, and invites consideration of a new Pedagogical Play-framework for inspiring pedagogical and curriculum innovation in the early years.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the relationship between open-ended play and intentional teaching
  • Consider the role of the Pedagogical Play-framework in play-based learning with young children

Presented by: Professor Susan Edwards 
Designed for: Educators from early childhood services
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Karralyka

 Play-based learning and intentional teaching: forever different (PDF, 635 Kb)

Semester two

Bookings open Monday 3 July.

Indigenous Culture Workshop

Details to be confirmed.

“It’s all a bit too hard!” Are families real partners with educators or are they mostly interested onlookers? And does it really matter?

Tuesday 8 August

Anne Kennedy Anthony Semann

“It’s all a bit too hard!” Are families real partners with educators or are they mostly interested onlookers? And does it really matter?

Do you find relationships with families hard work? Do you seem to be running out of ‘ideas’ on how to engage families? Do you sometimes feel like it's a one-way street? In this interactive session, Anthony and Anne will raise some challenging questions and debate the realities of partnerships with families and whether or not they really matter, and if they do matter, are we there yet?

The aim is to ‘stretch’ your thinking about partnerships by considering the perspectives of the key stakeholders: educators, families, children and researchers. This session will shed new light on a situation that is often surrounded by feelings of frustration, joy and everything in-between.

Participants will be supported to:

  • Bring a more critical frame of mind to reflecting on their current practices in relation to partnerships with families.
  • Deepen their understanding of contemporary research that promotes family partnerships.
  • Make links between the research and the implications for practice within their setting.
  • Explore the multiple ways in which relationships can be reimagined in order to achieve equity for all those involved.

Presented by: Anne Kennedy and Anthony Semann 
Designed for: Educators from early childhood & primary school aged services
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Karralyka

 “It’s all a bit too hard!” Are families real partners with educators or are they mostly interested onlookers? And does it really matter? (PDF, 459 Kb)

Getting The Balance Right – Practical Risk Benefit with Kids

decorative imageMonday 28 August

Come along to this interactive and informative session talking about the positives of risk in children’s environments today and how you can develop more confidence in decision making in your program around risk using a Risk-Benefit Approach.

Facilitated by Liz Cummins, author of Play Australia’s guide ‘Getting The Balance Right’.

Presented by: Liz Cummins 
Designed for: Educators from primary school aged services
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Karralyka

 Getting The Balance Right – Practical Risk Benefit with Kids (PDF, 599 Kb)

Speak Up – Understanding child abuse and your response

Speak Up is an innovative and unique training that aims to provide a greater awareness and understanding of child abuse. Adapted from Child Wise’s award winning programs, and supplemented by evidence from national and international research. Speak Up focuses on how to prevent, recognise and respond to instances of child abuse.

Topics:

  • What is child abuse?
  • What are the indicators of abuse?
  • Offender behaviour and the ‘grooming’ process
  • Prevention and risk management
  • Reporting concerns

Learning outcomes:

  • Talking to children about protective behaviours and personal safety.
  • How to recognise the behavioural indicators of child abuse in children.
  • Understanding how child sex offenders can target children and form special relationships with them.
  • Reporting child abuse – HOW, WHY and WHAT is your responsibility

Presented by: Child Wise
Suitable for: Educators from early childhood & primary school aged services
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Maroondah City Council City Offices

Speak Up – Understanding child abuse and your response (PDF, 500 Kb)

Maps

Maroondah City Council

Braeside Avenue, Ringwood (Mel ref: 50:A7) 

Please sign in 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the session.



Karralyka

Mines Road, Ringwood (Mel ref: 50:A7)

Please sign in 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the session.

Further information

For further information, please contact Cathie Wills (Tuesdays & Thursdays) on 9294 5740 or email childrens.services.events@maroondah.vic.gov.au



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