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Beyond blu-tac, strings on ceilings and dirty easels: Why aesthetics matter? With Anthony Semann So did the title get your attention? Did it make you stop and think? Did it strike a cord with you? Then perhaps this is the online course for you. We will take a journey through aesthetics, environments, and learning spaces. Environments do matter and children are able to read the state of the indoor and outdoor environment. We will in our time together take a journey and debate the often undebatable topic of beauty and aesthetics. Cost $75 Please note: Special Presentations are not included in individual Annual Service Memberships.
Leadership, Miscellaneous
Calling all team members

A strong cohesive team is the cornerstone to success in any workplace. Whether you are a team member at your service, a leader who is responsible for a group of educators or the owner of your service, there are things you can do to make the teams in your workplace stronger and in turn your service a less stressful, and a more enjoyable and productive place to spend the day.

We will explore how you ensure your workplace atmosphere resembles that of a caring community of professionals where mutual support and appreciation abound as well as considering how your confidence in your own ability to think and cope with the everyday challenges of working within children’s services influence your teams esteem.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the value of teamwork and a strong team on your day to day operations.
  • To identify what makes strong teams as well as your own strengths as a valued member of the team.
  • • To learn how to convey mutual respect, equity and recognition of others’ strengths and skills.

Designed for: All educators. All service types

Quality Area: 4 & 7

EYLF Principles and Practices

Miscellaneous
Cultural Competence - Celebrations and Festivities

The sensitive inclusion of religion and celebrations into children’s services can be an enriching experience for children, staff and families. Celebrations bring people together and create feelings of community and belonging. Emphasis is placed on ways celebrations and religions can be acknowledged in a manner which offers families choices about whether, or how much they want to participate in such events.

Let’s work together to establish a respectful approach to celebrations and festivities.

Learning Outcomes

  • To explore the understanding of cultural competence.
  • To establish respectful approaches to celebrations and festivities
  • To celebrate celebrations and festivities which bring the community together.

Designed for: All educators. All service types

Quality Area: 1

EYLF Outcome: 1 & 2

Miscellaneous
Dealing with Difficult People This workshop will provide practical information on how to manage conflict effectively in a child care setting. The workshop is designed to highlight common communication patterns that often result in conflict, and how to avoid them. In addition, this interactive workshop will also cover specific communication techniques to use when a disagreement occurs, and will include experiential group activities to provide participants with guided practice in the techniques. Participants will come away with increased confidence in handling even the most heated disagreements.

Learning Outcomes

  • To gain practical information on how to manage conflict, effectively in a child care setting
  • To identify specific communication techniques to use when a disagreement occurs.

Designed for: All educators. All service types

Quality Area: 7

EYLF Outcome:Principles and practices

Program Planning, Miscellaneous
Discovering Learning Stories

If the word “learning stories” has been used around your service and you have been thinking “what is all the fuss about?”, then we invite you to attend this session to gain an understanding of this flexible documentation tool.

Learning stories allow educators to plan experiences that are focused on the child, that come from the child’s lead and are based on children’s observed interests.

Join this session to gain knowledge about using learning stories in your program. Have the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have in learning more about learning stories.

Learning Outcomes

  • To gain an understanding of learning stories.
  • To gain knowledge about using learning stories in your program.

Designed for: All educators. All service types

Quality Area:1

EYLF Outcome: 1,3,4 & 5

Program Planning, Miscellaneous, Development
Exploring Art

Creating art is a fine way for children to make choices and solve problems. Every step involves deciding what colour to use, how to make a line, what size to make something. With every choice the object becomes more and more their own.

Join this session to learn about the importance of creative arts and how to expose children to a variety of materials so that they can create art.

Learning Outcomes

  • To find out about a range of creative mediums and how to use them in your curriculum.
  • To explore the educators role in supporting children creative efforts

Designed for: All educators. All service types

Quality Area: 1

EYLF Outcome: 4 & 5

Leadership, Miscellaneous
Friendships in the Workplace

Can you really be friends with everyone you work with? You may have nothing in common with any of your co-workers, but a professional friendship can benefit everyone in the organisation by creating a supportive environment contributing to productivity.

Join this session and see how you can benefit from workplace friendships in your organisation, and how you can be a better professional friend.

Ideal for: Qualified Child Care Workers, however appropriate to ALL levels

Quality Area: 7

EYLF Principles and Practice

Health and Safety, Miscellaneous
Healthy Eating Habits Healthy eating habits make for a pleasant and sociable mealtime experience. Discover how you could provide opportunities to help children develop positive attitudes about healthy foods and learn appropriate eating patterns, mealtime behaviour, and communication skills to assist them in developing healthy eating habits.

Ideal for: ALL Child Care Workers

Quality Area: 2

EYLF Outcome: 1,2

Program Planning, Miscellaneous
Implementing Maths and Science Scientists investigate problems they do not know the answers to. Following up on children’s questions means that children experience the thrill of working like a real scientist. They are investigating what matters to them and what is directly related to their world.

Maths incorporates measuring and pouring, spatial awareness, counting, telling the time, identifying who is shortest and who is the tallest and knowing which order to dress yourself.

Participate in this session to discover the importance of incorporating maths and science into the daily programs of children, without pressuring the children in our care to “know their numbers.”

Ideal for: Child Care Workers

Quality Area:1

EYLF Outcome: 4,5

Leadership, Miscellaneous
Leading your Team Effectively Great leaders are captives. They are captivated by a clear sense of purpose and they rally others around that purpose.

Great leaders also have vision. Vision involves having a clear picture of a meaningful future that you are committed to and passionate about creating. If you are looking to enhance your leadership skills, and to improve workplace effectiveness, join us as we take you on a unique journey where you will make new discoveries about yourself and your work team, along the way.

Learning Outcomes

  • To identify the qualities of a captivating leader.
  • To recognize a meaningful, professional vision for yourself as a leader.

Designed for: All Qualified educators. All service types

Quality Area: 7

EYLF Practices and Principles

Program Planning, Miscellaneous, Development
Music and Movement Music and movement are inside each child. All caregivers do is let them out. That is good news for those of us who are not gifted in these areas. It tells us that all we need to do is encourage, not "teach" music and movement. In this online session, we will share some ideas that may help you "let the music out."

Ideal for: ALL Child Care Workers

Quality Area: 1

EYLF Outcome: 4,5

Program Planning, Miscellaneous, Development

Planning for an Anti-Bias Curriculum Planning for an anti-bias curriculum, promotes positive attitudes towards diversity and to counter stereotypes and discrimination. It is evident that young children notice diversity, that they make evaluative judgements about differences and that they develop biases from a young age.

Join the discussion in this session about the importance of planning and implementing an anti-bias curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

  • To identify the importance as an educator to promote positive attitudes towards diversity.
  • To include an anti-bias approach within program planning experiences.
  • Designed for: All educators. All service types

    Quality Area: 1 & 3

    EYLF Outcome: 1, 3 & 6

Leadership, Miscellaneous
Reflecting on yourself and the curriculum

Have you ever taken the time to look at yourself in a mirror and reflect on yourself as a leader? What style of leadership reflects back at you? Some of us may be searching for the impossible, and that is a clear, prescriptive answer to becoming a perfect leader!

The capacity to reflect on any action is to engage in a process of continuous learning. This is one of the defining characteristics of professional practice!

Join this session to reveal to yourself and others your qualities as a leader. Come up with your own “prescriptive answer”, who knows you may just find the winning solution!

Learning Outcomes

  • To recognise the importance of reflective practice on a daily basis
  • To engage in continuous improvement through reflective practice.

Designed for: All Qualified educators. All service types

Quality Area: 7

EYLF Principles and Practices

Miscellaneous
Relaxation and Yoga for children - creating calming environments

A calming environment for children to play and learn is an essential part all children’s wellbeing. This session explores how resources and strategies can help you create this beneficial calming environment.

We will look at specific yoga and relaxation techniques for children. Yoga is appreciated and enjoyed by children of all ages, however a children’s Yoga session is vastly different to an adult’s class. The key to being successful when introducing Yoga to children is in the way it is presented to them. Yoga is a whole system and is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing and meditation. This session will demonstrate how regular daily practices of the structures of Yoga, produces a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body.

Learning Outcomes

  • To explore a range of relaxation techniques that can be utilised with children
  • To understand how Yoga helps body awareness and alignment, improves focus and builds strength
  • To find out about creating calming environments to support children’s wellbeing

Designed for: All educators. All service types

Quality Area: 2

EYLF Outcome: 3 & 4

Miscellaneous, Development
School Readiness

The transition from early childhood services to school can be a time of great stress for parents and children alike. Parents often look to early childhood professionals for advice. Alternatively, for some early childhood professionals it can be difficult to express differing views to parents when they feel a child is or is not ready for this transition.

This session will examine the key indicators of school readiness and look at strategies for providing parents with the necessary information to make appropriate decisions about a child’s transition to school.

Learning Outcomes

  • For educators to assist children in the transition to school readiness
  • For educators to assist families in the transition to school readiness
  • To understand how to provide a learning environment which is enriched in school readiness experiences

Designed for: All educators. All service types

Quality Area: 1

EYLF Outcome: 1,3,4 & 5

Miscellaneous, NEW
Shared Partnerships with Families

Focusing on a collaborative, shared relationship with families is essential in attaining quality outcomes for children. How many educators are of the opinion that too many families are too busy or seem uninterested in their child’s day?

If we as professionals work collaboratively with families to meet their individual communication needs, together with some help from this session in discovering creative communication ideas, you can start implementing a shared relationship with families today!

Learning Outcomes

  • To explore the benefits of a collaborative, shared relationship with families
  • To share creative communication strategies

Designed for: All educators. All service types

Quality Area: 4

EYLF Outcome: 1

Miscellaneous

Special Presentation - Coaching and mentoring strategies in leadership with Semann and Slattery Coaching and mentoring is often touted as a way of leading in early and middle childhood settings. This session will examine the what mentoring and coaching actually is and how we, as leaders, can use more solution focused approaches in our conversations with colleagues that draws out the best in them.
Miscellaneous, EYLF

Special Presentation - Diversity and difference in Early Childhood with Anthony Semann The world is rich in diversity and difference and this is a gift of difference entering the early childhood space. Diversity in families, children and staff and the ways in which we work with diversity and difference can be both enriching as well as challenging. During this online program we will explore a range of issues including, how do we celebrate difference authentically, how might we navigate the challenges of difference and what might a curriculum with links to diversity look like in practice
Miscellaneous

Special Presentation - Educator’s Toolkit for Behaviour - with Sandi Phoenix

Exploring the tools that educators use to guide children’s behaviour and social decisions

  • Unpack common tools used by educators to support behaviours
  • Understand the background of traditional behaviour supports and examine their place in early education
  • Consider new techniques for guiding children’s behavioural learning
  • Explore reasons for children’s behaviour – even those that appear to happen for “no reason”

Join this Special Presentation delivered by Sandi Phoenix, the founding company director and Principal Facilitator at Phoenix Support for Educators. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Psychological Science.

www.phoenix-support.com.au/

Miscellaneous, EYLF

Special Presentation - Emotional Intelligence with Dr Louise Porter Our emotions guide us to face challenges and tasks that are too important to leave to the intellect alone. Emotional intelligence, then, is the ability to integrate thinking and emotions to produce effective behaviours. To do this, we need to understand our emotions. However, we can become muddled if we mistake thoughts for feelings. When we allow our feelings to dictate how we live our life, we are like a puppet on a string, being jerked around by our emotions. Therefore, it is important that, just as we call a spade a spade, we call a thought a thought, and an emotion an emotion. To that end, this session will describe three ‘fake’ feelings. These are merely thoughts that we have chosen to invite in and entertain – but when we give them the status of emotions, we believe that we are justified to act on them and to make other people suffer for ‘causing’ them. Once we understand that they are mere thoughts (or stories in our heads), we will be less distressed and therefore more able to process information clearly, and less likely to blame others and expect them to ‘fix’ what we are feeling. We will be emotionally literate.
Miscellaneous, EYLF

Special Presentation - Guiding Children's Behaviour with Dr Louise Porter In this seminar, Louise Porter will identify why we should not reward or punish children for their actions. First, children who want to please us do not need to be punished when they make mistakes, because they are already remorseful and, therefore, do not need to be 'taught a lesson'. In contrast, nonconformist children (who value being in command of themselves) are prepared to risk our displeasure to prove to us that we can't make them do things. The more we try to control these spirited children through rewards and punishments, the more rebellious they get. In other words, rewards and punishments (consequences) are unnecessary for one group of children and counter-productive for the other group. In this session, Dr Porter will details alternatives, including giving positive feedback without praising; and supporting children to regain command of their own emotions, rather than punishing them for becoming out of control.
Miscellaneous

Special Presentation - Lets Analyse Behaviour - with Sandi Phoenix

Exploring behavioural meltdowns and complex inclusion challenges

  • Critically reflect on behavioural incidents to support positive behavioural changes
  • Learn to effectively document behavioural incidences and develop meaningful positive behaviour support plans
  • Gain underpinning knowledge about functional behavioural assessments

Join this Special Presentation delivered by Sandi Phoenix, the founding company director and Principal Facilitator at Phoenix Support for Educators. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Psychological Science.

www.phoenix-support.com.au/

Miscellaneous

Special Presentation - Resilience, Attachment and Mental health in Early Childhood - with Lyn Worsley

The workshop will give an overview of the attachment process, and show how this dynamic process contributes to the development of resilience. An overview of the Resilience Doughnut model along with current theories of emotional regulation will be presented in a practical way. Participants will have an understanding of their own attachment style and how this may affect the children in their care.

Join this Special Presentation delivered by Lyn Worsley, Clinical Psychologist with a background in early childhood and tertiary education teaching, nursing and youth work. Lyn is the also the director of the Resilience Centre in Epping, as well as the author of the Resilience Doughnut model.

www.theresiliencedoughnut.com.au

Miscellaneous
Stress Management Stress management among child care providers is an important issue. Too much stress can not only affect your own health, but also the quality of care that you are able to give to children. A caregiver who is feeling too much stress may not be able to offer quality care to the children or themselves. Come along to this session and learn how to “de-stress!”

Ideal for: All Child Care Workers

Quality Area: 5

EYLF Principles and Practice

Leadership, Behaviour, Miscellaneous, Development
Supporting Children with Autism It may seem that more and more young children are now being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Whether mild or high-functioning, children affected often find it difficult to communicate, both linguistically and socially, and have difficulty with imaginative play and flexibility. Children may also go through times of acute stress and experience ‘melt-downs’.

This session will outline the different kinds of Autism Spectrum Disorders, how to recognise symptoms and more importantly how to support both children and their families.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the importance of supporting children with autism
  • To understand the importance of supporting educators ideas, strategies and knowledge

Designed for: All educators. All service types

Quality Area: 1,3 & 5

EYLF Outcome: 1,2 & 3

Miscellaneous
Surviving Routines Routines are familiar aspects of the day which children can anticipate and understand. They serve as a framework around which the child’s day is organised, and enables the child to develop a sense of the passage of time. Without careful planning, routines can be a source of stress and unhappiness for both children and staff alike. This online session has been designed to help you plan routines that are responsive to the individual needs of the children in your care. You will be able to access a number of formats and sample routines that you will be able to download and use as part of your own development of routine times.

Ideal for: Qualified Child Care Workers, however appropriate to ALL levels

Quality Area: 3

EYLF Outcome: 1,2,4

Miscellaneous
Sustainable Practices

Clearly, we must understand and recognise the impact our lifestyles have on our environment and devise ways in which to minimise these effects.

More importantly, we have a responsibility to maximise the opportunities available to us in our daily work to develop ethically sound environmental attitudes and behaviours in the young children in our care.

This session will enable the children to be empowered with the necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge to deal with and find responsible solutions to environmental challenges they will face in their adult years.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the importance and implications of sustainability.
  • To maximise the opportunities for children and educators to develop ethical and sound environmental attitudes and behaviours.

Designed for: All educators. All service types

Quality Area: 1 & 3

EYLF Outcome: 2

Miscellaneous
Theory of Excellence

What are your own personal theories on how to provide and implement best practice?
Come and share your secrets of excellence and gain an insight into the principles to good management and customer care, ongoing innovation and a high quality service, respect for people and leadership.
Join in to also discover how you can improve your service operations, productivity, motivation and interpersonal skills with others to create a theory of excellence that works for you!

Ideal for: Qualified Child Care Workers

Quality Area: 7

EYLF Principles and Practice

Miscellaneous
Top 10 Frustrations Working in Childcare There would be very few people who would argue against the fact that the most important asset for any community is our children. But those who care for and nurture those children – child care workers, are pivotal in contributing beyond just the physical health of children. Working within the rewarding profession of children’s services, brings with it many frustrations as working as a director, qualified child care worker or as an untrained child care worker. This session invites you to actively shape the delivery of this session by submitting your most “frustrating” moments about working in children’s services, regardless of sector. Some examples may be: Lack of respect as a qualified; workplace gossip; the storeroom that is ALWAYS a mess; challenging parents; lack of resources; unorganised routine… and many more. Enrol into this session, then you will be asked to submit some specific frustrations that we can help you with.

Ideal for: All Child Care Professionals

Quality Area: 7

EYLF Principles and Practice

Miscellaneous
War Play and Superheros

Early childhood professionals are often in a dilemma about how to deal with challenging play based on superheros or war play. This interactive session will examine the underlying difficulties this play may create for educators and children, and look at ways we can channel this play into a positive and enhancing experience for everyone.

Learning Outcomes

  • To explore the influence of popular culture in children’s play
  • To explore the educators role in supporting children to explore war play and super heroes safely and with purpose

Designed for: All educators. All service types

Quality Area: 1

EYLF Outcome: 1, 3 & 4

Health and Safety, Leadership, Program Planning, Miscellaneous, Development
Working with Conflict Resolution Join other child care professionals to discuss practical information to assist in helping children to resolve their conflicts with each other. We will identify how conflicts can be the beginning of something new and good! By children talking, listening and working things out together, peace can be protected.

“It takes two to work together, but it also takes two to fight. And often, it only takes one to begin the first step towards a peaceful solution. (Scholes & Ingpen, 1989)

Ideal for: ALL Child Care Workers

Quality Area: 4 & 7

EYLF Outcome: 1,3,4

Program Planning, Miscellaneous
Working with Natural Materials

In constructing environments with children, the use of natural materials and play spaces, allows each child to participate and engage in their own unique way. This engagement enhances children's relationship with their environment and supports their growing curiosity and exploration which leads to many learning opportunities.