Recent News

Understanding Children's Behaviour

22 February 2017

Book now to gain support and strategies to effectively respond appropriately to children's behaviour by seeking to understand, nurture and guide. For educators working with Babies to six year olds.

Early Life Foundations Face Book and Twitter

22 February 2017

Check out our Social Media platforms. Updated dates and sessions across Australia and New Zealand. Comments and opportunities for you to contribute.

NAPLAN to NOWHERE – An Ineffectual Test

19 February 2017

How many times do we need to say this about NAPLAN?!

It is disturbing to find government ministers claiming that schools don't teach to the test and children and teachers don't become stressed about NAPLAN when it is clear that across the country they do ("Brands cash in on pupil test fear", 11/5). It is even more concerning that an ineffectual test, which measures so little in a narrow and meaningless way for individuals, pretends that it can capture the essence of what is happening across a county as diverse as Australia.

So it begs the question ... why does the Federal government insist on placing such emphasis and credence on the NAPLAN? Particularly given the compelling research, what the experts say and what the school communities know about the limitations and the negative ramifications in terms of learning and practice.  The answer lies in the Government having good intention - to raise educational standards and to measure these standards so that they as a government can support schools that need support, reward excellent teachers and provide the best opportunity as possible for our children to learn.  Unfortunately there is massive contradiction between intention and practice.

Read more in the attached editorial that Shona and Kathy wrote in 2013

Developmentally and Culturally Appropriate Practice

3 February 2017

Come and discover how knowledge of child development and culture can positively impact the teaching and learning in your context. The session provides a healthy overview of the of the mix between nature and nurture with practical strategies to assist educators in the daily decisions made about children's needs and strengths. Book on-line now!

Friday 3 March at Early Life Foundations 52 Dunmore Close Heatherton

2017 PD Brochures - Ready Now!

1 January 2017

Kathy, Shona and the ELF Team are delighted to present our 2017 professional learning brochures for Early Childhood and Primary Educators in Australia and NZ. Don't miss out on the read, download the attached pdf or click image.

Conflict Resolution and Building Effective Teams

4 November 2016

Monday 14 November, at Early Life Foundations. This session addresses the very real challenges faced within early childhood settings when demands of a fast -paced workplace reduce time and opportunity for staff and teams to work and communicate as effectively as they may desire. The session provides practical strategies on communication, conflict resolution and building relationships within teams. Book on-line now. Aim to start next year strong!

Setting up intentional and inviting play spaces

4 November 2016

Need inspiration to to create beautiful and engaging learning spaces? Come to a practical session at ELF Moorabbin on 25 November to update your ideas. A tour of the demonstration unit and a look at how early childhood documentation and planning links to the environment is included. Book now!

Bush Kinder

19 October 2016

Join us for an full day of learning in the real world! We visit a bush Kinder program in the morning and then unpack the theory behind it. Places available!

Walker Learning Leadership Session

7 October 2016

Come to an afternoon session at our Moorabbin office if you are leading the implementation of Walker Learning in your centre/school. Practical ideas to support educators in leadership with theory, knowledge and skills so Walker Learning can be delivered consistently and effectively in your team. Thursday 20 October. Place available. Book on-line now.

Building Literacy and Numeracy Skills

16 September 2016

Next term two sessions look at Building Children's essential Literacy and Numeracy skills.
October 13 Educators of F-2
October 24 Early Childhood Educators
Places available. Book Now!

Embracing Outdoor Learning EC

9 September 2016

Our final session this term on Thursday 15th September looks at ways to enhance our outdoor environments to promote children's learning, engagement and exploration.

Learning of Life Conference

2 September 2016

The 'Learning for Life' Educator Conference tomorrow promises to be inspiring and informative in personalising learning and cultivating best practice in helping children learn and develop.
On-line registration is closed however a few places remain and can be paid for at the Registration desk by 8.15 am tomorrow morning.

South Australian Study Tour

31 August 2016

Salisbury Downs Primary will host a wonderful Walker Learning Study tour in South Australia tomorrow, highlighting play based learning across classes F-2.

Pre Conference Study Tour

30 August 2016

The Pre Conference Study Tour has reached capacity. On Friday participants can look forward to seeing authentic play based learning in several centres and schools around Melbourne.

Want Your Life Back Victoria

26 August 2016

Sally Ward presented a 'Want Your Life Back ' session today to participants from across Victoria. Extremely positive feedback and a commitment from many to write and photograph less and observe and relate more!

Transition to School

25 August 2016

Earlier this week Shona presented a community event on "Transition to School" at Firbank Grammar.

Queensland Study Tour

24 August 2016

The next Queensland Study Tour is scheduled for November 4. Come and discover more about play based learning. Last Study Tour sold out! Book in now to avoid disappointment.

Sunshine Coast Study Tour

19 August 2016

The Walker Learning Sunshine Coast Study Tour to be held at St Andrew's this Friday has been so popular we have now reached capacity. Dates for further tours in Queensland and elsewhere will be listed shortly.

Emotional Intelligence Workshop

12 August 2016

Great 2 day workshop with participants from around Victoria.

Early Childhood Study Tour

12 August 2016

We look forward to our next Early Childhood Study Tour next week. Thursday 18 August. Limited places available. Book now.