Early Life Foundations

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We are here to support you as parents and educators and we work in the age range birth to 14 years of age in areas of parent support, teaching and learning, children's behaviours, and school and Early Childhood Education professional development.

We  provide expertise and support to parents, educators and organisations to create optimal parenting, learning and educational environments for children birth to 14 years. The organisation prides itself on our knowledge base and expertise, and on maintaining an independent voice on the national and international stage for children’s development, teaching and learning, research and parenting.


The beginning of something is always very important. Especially when it is young and needs time to grow. ( Plato)

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Newsletter #1 2015 - OUT NOW

15 June 2015

Our newsletter is now available for download - we hope you enjoy reading the following key features in this edition:

  • One of the most important jobs in the world - early childhood education - demands evidence based practice
  • Direct Instruction - short term gain and long term pain
  • Attention to detail when setting up an intentional and engaging learning environment

Exciting New Walker Learning Initiative

26 April 2015

The wonderful growth of Walker Learning has created a need for us to move to our next phase of implementation to enable Walker Learning Professional Development and support more accessible to educators and schools interstate, regionally and remote. To address this issue we will be launching a new initiative Monday 27th April 2015 known as Walker Learning Satellite Schools.

Anula PS in Darwin is the Inaugural Walker Learning Satellite School - the Anula team has had WL mentoring for nearly 7 years and Kerry Hudson the Principal has shown outstanding leadership towards the implementation of WL with integrity and rigor from Preschool to year 6.  Anula won the 2012 Winners of Excellence in Early Childhood using WL as the platform for their presentation.  Anula was one of the five schools chosen across the county to be part of the research project on WL conducted by Senior Researcher Neil Tucker.

Janelle Thorne and Simone Pedder educators at Anual PS are our first "teacher mentors" as part of the Satellite School initiative. Simone and Janelle have had mentoring from Kathy, Shona and other ELF team members for the past seven years.  They were both accredited in WL several years ago. The aim of the WL Satellite PL is for educators to book in for an observational visit at the school that will be combined with introductory PL from teacher mentors and Leadership from the school.

For more information download the attached flyer or contact the ELF Office.

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Perth Walker Learning Introduction session this week

24 February 2015

We hope all our participants enjoy the intro session in Perth on the 27th this week. Trish Collins is presenting an overview of Walker Learning.

Tasmanian Study Tour March 5

23 February 2015

Book now for the Burnie Primary School study tour in Tasmanian. P-2. We are starting our Walker Learning Study Tours in Tasmania in Burnie for 2015.

VIC P-2 Study Tour

23 February 2015

Places now filled. Book now for our first Melbourne based P-2 study tour. Sorry fully booked. Our next one in March is now open for bookings.