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We deliver professional development on a range of topics. Some of these are listed below and we are always adding new topics. We are also able to customise topics to suit your needs and can develop workshops and keynotes for conferences.

  • Bespoke Events

A bespoke event is one that is delivered for an individual service or organisation. It can be customised to suit the needs of your service. The service provides the venue and refreshments and takes care of promotions and bookings if they wish to open the event up to other educators. Inspired EC will give services a quote for the event which includes training costs, travel and accommodation (if applicable) The service then sets the prices if they wish to invite other educators to help cover the cost.

  • Hosted Events

A hosted event is where an individual service or organisation provides the venue and refreshments and in return receives 2 (half day) or 4 (full day) free places for their staff. Inspired EC is responsible for training costs, travel and accommodation and sets the price for educators to purchase tickets. This is a public event – Inspired EC will take care of all promotions and bookings

  • Keynote Presentations


Inspired EC can tailor a keynote presentation to meet the needs of your conference/event. Our keynote presentation prices are up to 50% less than competitors



  • Student Places


Inspired EC is delighted to now offer a student discount of 25% of the training price. There are limited student places available at each session and evidence of enrolment is required (must be an Early Childhood Education related qualification)



* Please be advised that we have a strict 30 day cancellation policy. Cancellations must be received in writing (email to bookings@inspiredec.com) at least 30 days prior to the event and attendees will receive a refund (less $20 administration fee). Cancellations within 30 days of the event or attendees who fail to attend the event will be charged in full. Please be advised that should you be unable to attend, you are more than welcome to send another attendee in your place. Inspired EC reserve the right to postpone or cancel any event or training due to presenter cancellations, venue issues or numbers registered. Inspired EC will offer you alternative dates and if these are not suitable, a refund will be given. In the instance of Bespoke events, the 20% deposit paid by organisations upon booking the training, is non-refundable. 

Meaningful Programs and Practice

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Connecting With Communities Through Excursions

Although our professional development does relate to all aspects of the National Quality Framework, the following are key links that we have identified:
NQS Links – Element 1.1.1, 1.1.3, 1.2.2, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 6.3.4
EYLF Links – Principle 5. Ongoing Learning and Reflective Practice
                     – Practices –  Intentional Teaching and Responsiveness to Children
                     – Outcome 2 Children are Connected with and Contribute to Their World (Children develop a sense of belonging to     
                       groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active
                       community participation.

Introductory Session – 2hours
The Introductory session explores the essentials to making excursions a meaningful part of your service.
Participants will:
– Gain a thorough understanding of the regulations and requirements around the conducting of excursions
– Look at the learning opportunities that children will have and the community connections that can be made
– Discuss ideas for excursions that are relevant to your local area and community
– Use the Excursions Made Easy toolkit to work through the practicalities and challenges that educators face
– Explore the use of Benefit Risk Assessments for Excursions

Intermediate Session – 2hrs (or combine both sessions for a 4hr session)
The Intermediate session is where we get the opportunity to put all of this wonderful theory into practice! Our experienced trainer will attend your service and support your team to take the children on an excursion into the community.
Participants will:
– Have their excursion plan reviewed by the trainer
– Be supported to prepare for the excursion
– Be accompanied by the trainer for a 1hr excursion into the community. The trainer will engage with the children and educators, facilitating discussions and learning opportunities
– Review the excursion with the educators

Loving Loose Parts

The opportunities that arise during loose parts play are endless~ This topic will support educators to feel confident in their use of loose parts with children.

Although our professional development does relate to all aspects of the National Quality Framework, the following are key links that we have identified:
NQS Links – Element 1.1.1, 1.1.3, 1.1.6,  1.2.2, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 3.1.3
EYLF Links – Principle 5. Ongoing Learning and Reflective Practice
                     – Practices –  Intentional Teaching and Responsiveness to Children
                     – Outcome 2 Children are Connected with and Contribute to Their World (Children develop a sense of belonging to     
                       groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active
                       community participation.

Introductory Session – 2hours
The Introductory session explores the concept of using loose parts play within your service!
Participants will:


  • Learn about the history of loose parts play including “Loose Parts Theory” and Adventure Playgrounds

  • Gain an understanding of the benefits of loose parts play for children

  • Receive lots of practical, simple ideas for incorporating loose parts play into their service, including a list of suggested items and where to source them

  • Discuss challenges and how to overcome them (e.g. storage!)



Intermediate Session – 2hrs (or combine both sessions for a 4hr session)
The Intermediate session is where we get the opportunity to put all of this wonderful theory into practice! Our experienced trainer will attend your service and support your team to introduce loose parts play
Participants will:

  • Be provided with a list of possible materials prior to the session (or during introductory session)

    • Work with the trainer to “prepare” the physical environment for loose parts play (indoors, outdoors or both)

    • Be supported and observed by the trainer as they engage the children in loose parts play. The trainer will provide feedback and will model interaction as necessary

    • Review the experience with the trainer and discuss challenges, possible changes, future directions and more




Seeing the Magic in The Moment: Programming for Babies

So often we hear educators say “programming for babies is really difficult”. This workshop will inspire educators to see the magic in the everyday moments in the lives of babies.

Although our professional development does relate to all aspects of the National Quality Framework, the following are key links that we have identified:
NQS Links – Element 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.1.6, 1.2.1, 1.2.2,
EYLF Links – Principle 1 – Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships
Practice – Assessment for Learning
Outcomes – Outcome 1 Children have a Strong Sense of Identity, Outcome 4 Children are Confident and Involved Learners

Introductory Session – 2hours
The Introductory session explore the “what is it?” element of programming for babies
Participants will:
– Look at what the NQF Says about programming for babies
– Review the basics of baby development
– Discuss the “magic” in the little moments of babies

Intermediate Session – 2hrs (or combine both sessions for a 4hr session)
The Intermediate session is where educators learn how to put this into practice
Participants will:
– Learn different ways of documenting for babies
– Reflect on examples of documentation and “magic moments”
– Discuss how the planning cycle works 
 
Advanced Session – 2hrs (or combine all three sessions for a Full Day!)
We work with your team to review the existing programming and planning for babies. Our trainer will facilitate discussion and support your team to look at the environment using the knowledge gained from the session and to make change!

Supporting Under 3’s Through Discovery Play (Including Schemas and Treasure Baskets)

Babies and Toddlers learn through discovery. As they explore the world around them, they make connections and create understandings. Sometimes during this process they do things that drive us crazy (such as pulling all of the blocks off the shelf or tipping out baskets of toys or throwing things!) By understanding and facilitating discovery play in meaningful and authentic ways, we provide under 3’s with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge and make sense of the world
Although our professional development does relate to all aspects of the National Quality Framework, the following are key links that we have identified:
NQS Links – Element 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.5, 1.1.6, 1.2.2, 2.2.2, 3.2.2, 4.2.2, 5.1.3, 5.2.3
EYLF Links – Principle 3. High Expectations and Equity
                     – Practices –  Learning through play and Learning Environments
                     – Outcome 4 – Children are Confident and Involved Learners, Outcome 5 – Children are Effective Communicators

Introductory Session – 2hours
The Introductory session explores the concept of discovery play
Participants will:


  • Learn about Schemas – what are they? (underpinned by research)

    • Discuss why schemas are important and the developmental impact on children

    • Learn about treasure baskets and how they can be used with babies

    • Discuss other types of discovery play including sensory play and art with babies and toddlers

    • Discuss the challenges that can be faced when planning with discovery play in mind





Intermediate Session – 2hrs (or combine both sessions for a 4hr session)
The Intermediate session is where educators learn how to put this into practice
Participants will:

  • Learn about what resources can facilitate schemas in their settings

    • Learn about how to set up a space (indoors and outdoors) to facilitate discovery play

    • Discuss how to document discovery play

    • Discuss how to advocate for discovery play (to families and colleagues)





Advanced Session – 2hrs (or combine all three sessions for a Full Day!)
There are two options for the advanced session.
Option 1 (If you are doing a full day)
Review case studies/examples (including photographs, videos etc) and discuss the elements of discovery play that are featured.
Use critically reflective practice

Option 2
Return to share and reflect on the participants’ experiences having started facilitating discovery play in their setting
Discuss challenges, insights and achievements as a group
Participants would be asked to bring examples of documentation with them to share

No More Cottonwool – Understanding the Benefits of Risk!

What is risk? In this motivational session we explore the common sense approach to risk!
Although our professional development does relate to all aspects of the National Quality Framework, the following are key links that we have identified:
NQS Links – Element 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.6, 2.2.2, 2.3.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 5.1.3, 5.2.2, 5.2.3
EYLF Links – Principle 3 –  High Expectations and Equity
Practice – Learning Through Play
Outcomes – Outcome 1 Children have a Strong Sense of Identity, Outcome 4 – Children are Confident and Involved Learners

Introductory Session – 2hours
The Introductory session explore the “what is it?” element of RISK
Participants will:
– Discuss – what is risk?
– Discuss Risk vs Hazard. What are the differences?
– Learn about the rules and regulations around risky play
– Discuss what is considered “too risky” for your setting or for you as an individual
– Learn about the developmental benefits of risk

Intermediate Session – 2hrs (or combine both sessions for a 4hr session)
The Intermediate session is where educators learn how to put this into practice
Participants will:
– Work through our Benefit Risk Assessment Toolkit
– Discuss research and theories related to risk including risk taking dispositions and Sandseters Categories of Risk
– Learn how to discuss risk with families
– Learn about the importance of trusting children as risk assessors
– See examples and ideas for documenting risky play

Advanced Session – 2hrs (or combine all three sessions for a Full Day!)
Discuss the long term benefits of risk
– Look at examples of risk taking approaches around the world
– Consider how your philosophy can underpin risky play
– Discuss policy and procedure development
– Learn about the educator as action researcher

Exploring Australian Nature Based Education

Inspired EC is passionate about nature based education and in particular, how it can be implemented in Australian settings.
Although our professional development does relate to all aspects of the National Quality Framework, the following are key links that we have identified:
NQS Links – Element 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.5, 1.1.6, 1.2.2, 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 3.3.2, 4.2.2, 6.3.4
EYLF Links – Principle 3. High Expectations and Equity
                     – Practices –  Learning through play and Intentional Teaching
                     – Outcome 4 – Children are Connected to and Contribute to Their World, Outcome 5  Children Confident and Involved
                      Learners

Introductory Session – 2hours
The Introductory session explores the concept of nature based education in Australia
Participants will:
– Learn about the history of nature based education – both internationally and how it has evolved in Australia
– Discuss – what is nature based education?!
– Learn about the benefits to both children and educators

Intermediate Session – 2hrs (or combine both sessions for a 4hr session)
The Intermediate session is where educators learn how to put this into practice
Participants will:
– Learn about the use of fire, water and the impact of the weather
– Learn about tool use with children
– Discuss possibilities for excursions and also “in house” exploration that is specific to your local area
– Learn about how to use a Benefit Risk Assessment tool

Advanced Session – 2hrs (or combine all three sessions for a Full Day!)
This is where we get outside with children!!
Participants Will:
– Have their benefit risk assessment and excursion plan reviewed by the trainer
– Be supported to take children into wild nature. The trainer will model, observe and provide feedback
– Take materials such as tools, small world play provocations, art materials etc into the wild space to encourage children’s play
– Review the experience with the trainer on completion and discuss any issues that arose, challenges, achievements and future 
   direction

Sustainability – More than a Worm Farm!

Worm farms and vegetable gardens are positive steps but are only a small part of raising awareness of sustainability with our young children

Although our professional development does relate to all aspects of the National Quality Framework, the following are key links that we have identified:
NQS Links – Element 1.1.1, 1.1.5, 2.2.1, 3.3.1, 3.3.2,
EYLF Links – Principle 5 – Ongoing Learning and Reflective Practice
Practice – Intentional Teaching
Outcomes – Outcome 2 Children are Connected With and Contribute to Their World

Introductory Session – 2hours
The Introductory session explore the “what is it?” element of Sustainability
Participants will:
– Learn what sustainability is in broader terms
– Discuss the importance of sustainability education and practice in Early Childhood
– Learn about the importance of the underpinning connection to nature

Intermediate Session – 2hrs (or combine both sessions for a 4hr session)
The Intermediate session is where educators learn how to put this into practice
Participants will:
– Learn how to audit sustainable practice and develop an action plan, linking to the QIP
– Discuss ways to embed sustainability education into practice
– Use the Inspired EC Sustainability kit to discuss practice

Advanced Session – 2hrs (or combine all three sessions for a Full Day!)
– Critically reflect on practices that may or may not be sustainable (case studies, own service examples)
– Use the book Sustainability in Action to explore the topic further (attendees receive a complimentary copy)
– Discuss how the sustainability kit could be used with children to explore sustainability concepts

What’s So Special About the Outdoors

This session will look at the importance of children in Australia having long periods of time to access the outdoor environment and how this links to the EYLF
Although our professional development does relate to all aspects of the National Quality Framework, the following are key links that we have identified:


NQS Links – Element 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.5, 1.2.2, 2.3.2, 3.1.1, 3.1.3, 3.2.1, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 4.2.2, 5.1.3
EYLF Links – Principle 5 – Ongoing Learning and Reflective Practice
Practice – Learning Environments and Learning Through Play
Outcomes – Outcome 2 Children are Connected with and Contribute to Their World and Outcome 4 Children are Confident and Involved Learners

Introductory Session – 2hours
The Introductory session explore the “what is it?” element of What’s So Special About the Outdoors
Participants will:
– Discuss – why is outdoor play so important?
– Look at the importance of childhood memory development
– Review what the NQF says about outdoor play
– Reflect on challenges outdoors
– Learn practical, simple ideas for engaging with children outdoors

Intermediate Session – 2hrs (or combine both sessions for a 4hr session)
The Intermediate session is where educators learn how to put this into practice
Participants will:
– Learn about creating a natural outdoor space for children
– Discuss the learning and development that occurs outdoors
– Learn how to embed sustainable practices in the service and in particular, the outdoor space
– Look at the importance of Benefit Risk Assessments

Advanced Session – 2hrs (or combine all three sessions for a Full Day!)
– Critically reflect – do we simply take the indoors out?
– Discuss involvement and engagement in the outdoors
– Delve deeper into the benefits of risk
– Look at play affordability in the outdoor space
– Critical reflection of practice both with Australia and internationally. 

Insights into Play (NEW IN 2018)

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Creating High Quality Play and Learning Environments


What does a high quality environment look like? How do we know when it works?
Although our professional development does relate to all aspects of the National Quality Framework, the following are key links that we have identified:
NQS Links – Element 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.2.1, 3.2.2
EYLF Links – Principle 1 – Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships
Practice – Learning Environments
Outcomes – Outcome 1 Children have a Strong Sense of Identity, Outcome 4 Children are Confident and Involved Learners

Introductory Session – 2hours
The Introductory session explore the “what is it?” element of High Quality Environments
Participants will:
– Discuss – what does a high quality play and learning environment
– Review what the NQF says about environments
– Learn about the social, emotional and physical effect that the environment can have of children and adults

Intermediate Session – 2hrs (or combine both sessions for a 4hr session)
The Intermediate session is where educators learn how to put this into practice
Participants will:
– Learn about age appropriateness
– Discuss how personality types can be a factor in the physical environment
– Unpack the role of the educator
– Consider the differences between activities and provocations
– Discuss how to source suitable resources (without always relying on the big catalogues!)
– Reflect on visual displays – what? Why? How much? Who for?
– Discuss practicalities such as storage

Advanced Session – 2hrs (or combine all three sessions for a Full Day!)
OPTION 1
– Review and reflect on Australian and international examples of practice (Waldorf, Deconstructed role play environments, Montessori and more)
– Use the Inspired EC “Indoor Environment Audit” to review your physical environment

OPTION 2
– The trainer will work with your team to improve/enhance the indoor environment


 

 
Testimonial
Inspiring, it was fantastic to connect theory with practical!! Observing children and seeing how they loved being outside. Children having FUN!! Laughter and smiles 🙂 Children engaged and a sense of wonder and curiosity! WOW!! Thanks for being an advocate, for pushing those boundaries and challenges. (Canberra)

The Inspired EC Backyard Blitz

This is a special 2hr session that looks at the benefits of reworking your outdoor space and the process involved and is aimed not only at educators but families and management too!

Although our professional development does relate to all aspects of the National Quality Framework, the following are key links that we have identified:
NQS Links – Element 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.5, 1.1.6, 1.2.2, 2.2.2, 3.1.1, 3.1.3, 3.2.1,3.2.2, 3.3.1, 6.1.2, 6.2.1, 6.3.4
EYLF Links – Principle 2. Partnerships
                     – Practices – Learning Environments
                     – Outcome 4 – Children are Confident and Involved Learners

2-hour session
Participants will:
– Learn about the benefits of a natural, open ended “backyard”, underpinned by research
– Discuss the challenges and practicalities of transforming your outdoor space
– Hear some frequently asked questions and the responses to these
– Look at some quality examples of completed outdoor spaces

Management and Professional Practice

Embracing Personalities

 Adults are all different, children are all different. As educators and parents we need to recognise and celebrate these differences. Educators are expected to cater for each individual child – how do we do this in a room full of children when each child is unique?

Although our professional development does relate to all aspects of the National Quality Framework, the following are key links that we have identified:
NQS Links – Element 1.1.5, 4.2.3, 5.1.1, 5.1.2, 5.1.3, 5.2.2, 5.2.3
EYLF Links – Principle 1 – Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships
Practice – Holistic Approaches
Outcomes – Outcome 1 Children have a Strong Sense of Identity, Outcome 3 Children Have a Strong Sense of Wellbeing

Introductory Session – 2hours
The Introductory session explore the “what is it?” element of PERSONALITIES
Participants will:
– Learn about the different personality types and the characteristics of these
– Learn about the differences between introverts and extroverts
– Complete a profile (quiz) to identify their own personality type/s
– Learn about the importance of understanding your own personality type and how it relates to your work with children
– Discuss how to work with colleagues using the personality types

Intermediate Session – 2hrs (or combine both sessions for a 4hr session)
The Intermediate session is where educators learn how to put this into practice
Participants will:
– Learn how to identify childrens personality types – what do they look like in children?
– Learn about how the environment and experiences we provide for children can be enhanced by an understanding of personality
types, using practical examples
– Discuss the importance of advocacy

Advanced Session – 2hrs (or combine all three sessions for a Full Day!)
– Learn strategies for positive behaviour guidance that work for different personality types
– Learn how to work with parents/families while being aware of the personality types
– Review examples and case studies and engage in critical reflection of these practices and their own
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Inspiring Educational Leadership

An inspirational session that explores the role and responsibilities of the Educational Leader.
Although our professional development does relate to all aspects of the National Quality Framework, the following are key links that we have identified:
NQS Links – Element 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.3, 7.1.4, 7.2.1

Introductory Session – 2hours
The Introductory session explore the “what is it?” element of the educational leader role
Participants will:
– Learn about learn about what the role entails
– Receive a copy of our Educational Leaders Workbook which they will use during the session

Intermediate Session – 2hrs (or combine both sessions for a 4hr session)
The Intermediate session is where educators learn how to put this into practice
Participants will:
– Look at sample position descriptions and discuss how to put one in place in their service
– Learn about how to work with colleagues, with particular focus on personality types
– Learn strategies to implement the role in their service through the use of practical examples
– Discuss the importance of effective communication

Advanced Session – 2hrs (or combine all three sessions for a Full Day!)
– Learn about long term planning for the educational leader, relating to the service QIP
– Discuss the importance of leadership skills and how to further develop theses
– Explore advocacy – how does this specifically relate to an educational leader
– Discuss networking and professional development opportunities