Early Childhood

Walker Learning Approach: Made in Australia

1 April 2013

We are very excited to have so many international visitors and so many countries inviting us to share our personalised learning and our systems model for teaching to the whole child right across the world! We often think we have to go overseas to observe what others are doing when in fact others are now coming to us for professional development, study tours and to visit state of the art schools and early childhood programs working with us. We also believe that whilst its great to visit other countries and programs, it is very important to remember that they have been developed in ways that are culturally appropriate for them and often funded incredibly well. What we have here in our own country is culturally and contextually appropriate for our country. Check out our Walker Learning study tours and contact us to arrange professional development and to visit to one of our fantastic schools and early childhood programs. Right on your own door step!

New Collaboration with The Edge Coaching - The Working Parent Resilience Program

19 March 2013

Early Life Foundations is pleased to announced our new collaboration with The Edge Coaching. Debbie Marks, Director of The Edge Coaching, brings her extensive experience in helping women juggling a career and family life and empowers parents to create the lifestyle that works for them. With a passion for people and communication, Debbie provides parents with the support, tools and time to get ahead in their professional and personal lives. Debbie offers an effective workshop program called "The Working Parent Resilience” Program that empowers parents with five key modules to help them maintain their personal and professional momentum. For more information on Debbie's upcoming sessions at the Centre for Adult Education (Melbourne), please visit www.cae.edu.au or www.theedgecoaching.org

Download Our Latest Newsletter

17 March 2013

Our first newsletter of the year is now available for download! This edition of the newsletter has something for everyone; the comment section addresses how to improve children’s learning outcomes and Kathy’s article for Early Childhood Educators confronts the recent trend to focus on the end product rather than the process. We are delighted to have Debbie Marks contribute to our feature article for parents wanting their work-life balance … balanced! As usual there is lots of information and news in the Walker Learning Approach section. Download your copy today through the "Our Newsletters" page on the main menu.

Walker Learning 2013 National Tour

13 March 2013

We are very excited to announce the 2013 Walker Learning Approach National Tour! In 2013 we will be coming to each state to present on culturally and developmentally appropriate play-based and personalised learning! Keep an eye out for more details very soon.

Keynote Speaker for ECE Conference in Mackay, QLD

5 March 2013

Shona is a keynote speaker at a conference in Mackay this weekend for Early Childhood Educators. She will speaking on intentional teaching & emergent curriculum, realistic documentation & reporting that links with the NQF expectations, and the importance of learning environments that are play-based & open-ended!

Parent Session on Monday, March 4 - Effective Parenting Tips & Strategies

2 March 2013

It's not too late to book into our first Monday Night Parent Session at the Early Life Foundations Centre on Monday, March 4! Being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs you will ever do but it isn’t always easy! In this session we will talk about the complexities and practicalities of working with children's behaviour and we will provide a range of practical strategies to assist parents to create a calmer, more nurturing home environment, and unpack top strategies for managing challenging behaviour. Book in online today! For more information and details, give us a ring or download our Parent Session brochure!

Keynote Speaker for ECE Conference in Cairns, QLD

2 March 2013

Kathy was a keynote speaker in Cairns today for Early Childhood Educators on regaining perspective on what is really most important in Education - relationships, not documentation! For more details on our ECE professional development opportunities, please download our ECE PD brochure.

Upcoming ECE Professional Development Session

2 March 2013

Upcoming ECE Professional Development: "Preparing for the NQF Assessment and Ongoing Quality and Practicalities in Your Centre" Join us on Friday, March 15 for this half day PD session at the Early Life Foundations Centre! This session will provide practical tips on what happens in an assessment visit, how to prepare not only the program, but your team. More importantly, it helps to provide a platform for a common sense approach to ongoing sustainable practices of quality once the assessment visit has occurred. A visit to our Demonstration Unit is also included in this session. Book in online or give us a ring for more details!

Attention Western Australia

20 February 2013

Due to the high volume of requests we are receiving from schools, leaders, teachers, parents and organisations in WA, we are currently organising a visit to Perth this year! We are delighted to announce that we will be running some professional development sessions in the Perth area. More details to be announced soon. If you would like more information or to be put on our notification list, please send a general information request to rachel@earlylife.com.au. Please note "PERTH PD" in the subject line. We look forward to working with you!

Kathy To Present on Panel at University of Melbourne's Association of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies

18 February 2013

Tonight Kathy is speaking on a panel of Early Childhood experts for over 200 participants organised through the University of Melbourne's Association of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies. Tonight's panel will discuss the topic of "Theorists Revisited" ... including why it is important to look at Early Childhood theories past and present, and how theory informs our current practice.

Venue for Hire: Early Life Foundations Centre

12 February 2013

Need a venue for Training, Professional Development, Consulting Suites, Meetings & Functions in Melbourne? The Early Life Foundations Centre is available for hire! The Early Life Foundations Centre is a purpose designed training, consulting and function venue in Bayside, Melbourne.The Centre is located at 230 Bay Street, Brighton and offers:
• A training room that seats 80 theatre style, 40 at tables
• Three separate break-out areas
• A Board Room
• Ample kitchen space
• Disabled access
• All day parking close to the Centre
• A variety of cafes and restaurants in walking distance
Rates are reasonable and negotiable for single or a series of bookings. Please contact us to discuss your booking at (03) 9596 9056.

New Editorial: To Increase Learning Results, We Need to Increase the Quality of Teaching

12 February 2013

The 2013 school year has begun with more promises and assertions from the Australian Government that quality and effective education will be a priority for the nations children. While this is promising at one level unfortunately at a realistic level it is very disappointing. The Australian Government's apparent understanding of effective and quality education is at odds with evidence based international best practice. In this editorial we take the opportunity to comment upon what international studies and experience highlights as some of the major elements of ensuring effective learning outcomes for students. Please see the "Our Editorials" page to read more.

Monday Night Parent Sessions at the Early Life Foundations Centre

11 February 2013

Our Monday Night Parent Sessions are being held at the Early Life Foundations Centre in Brighton starting Monday, March 4. Join Kathy and Shona for these parenting sessions that will provide information and strategies that are simple, respectful and empowering for parents and children. The suite of sessions will help to set the foundation for building appropriate communication, relationships and behaviours in families. Come to one or as many as you like - $10 per session or discounted fee for 5 sessions ($40). Give us a ring for more info or please visit the "2013 Bookings" page to download the brochure!

Dr. George Otero at the Early Life Foundations Centre

10 February 2013

Look who dropped into the Early Life Foundations Centre on Friday! We were delighted to have Dr. George Otero with us for our afternoon session with St. Martin de Porres PS. Dr.