PD & Online Courses

Early Childhood Professional Development

All Professional Development link to the Victorian Early Years Framework & National Quality Standards. 

“Holistic approaches to teaching and learning recognize the connectedness of mind, body and spirit. When early childhood educators take a holistic approach they pay attention to children’s physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well as cognitive aspects of learning.

While educators may plan or assess with a focus on a particular outcome or component of learning, they see children’s learning as integrated and interconnected. They recognize the connections between children, families and communities and the importance of reciprocal relationships and partnerships for learning. They see learning as a social activity and value collaborative learning and community participation.

An integrated, holistic approach to teaching and learning also focuses on connections to the natural world. Educators foster children’s capacity to understand and respect the natural environment and the interdependence between people, plants, animals and the land.”

(DEEWR, 2009).

National Quality Standards:

Quality Areas: 1, 2, 5, 6

Learning Outcomes:

Professional Development 1

Embedding meaningful & holistic yoga programs in early childhood education & care
2 hrs | $650 per service 

Understanding what The 5 Elements of Yoga are assists early childhood educators in learning how to embed yoga into their programs better.

There are 2 ways to use The 5 Elements; incorporate as a a full yoga session or break each element into bite size chunks to embed throughout your day. We unpack what this looks like & the impact it has on wellbeing.

The level of confidence educators have will determine how successful the yoga program is. We look at your role as a facilitator & how important it is to develop a whole team approach.

Outcomes include equipping educators with the ability to understand more about yoga and to have greater confidence in implementing yoga sessions that are holistic & meaningful.

Professional Development 2

Master creativity & the use of resources to enhance your early childhood yoga program
2 hrs | $650 per service

This course is a great follow on from Professional Development 1: ‘Embedding meaningful & holistic yoga programs in early childhood education & care’ or if you have an established yoga program in your service & have run out of ideas!

We Explore:

Discover how to use resources to enhance your yoga program. You will be shown how to interpret books to formulate a yoga session, how to use puppets, every day resources from the $2 shop & how a couple of key purchases will make significant differences in your yoga program. 

The use of resources is limitless!

Opening up to creativity can help you to improvise and extend creatively on your current yoga program. This is directly related to developing your confidence. We explore how to build your confidence so that you become a natural & creative facilitator of your yoga sessions.

Session planning is crucial to a successful yoga program in your early childhood environment.

Without formulating a structure (especially early on in implementing your yoga programs) it can be challenging to maintain engagement & comittment.

National Quality Standards:

Quality Areas: 1, 2, 5, 6

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes:

Professional Development 3

Critical reflection for your early childhood yoga program
2 hours | $550 per service

Participants have the opportunity to share any highlights or queries they have about what is working and what may not be working.

Looking into the why and finding ways to improve is an important aspect of critical reflection. There is plenty of opportunity for discussion around whether yoga has become part of your service’s culture. Walk away with clear steps to build on what you already have.

Reflect & revise your existing yoga program.

National Quality Standards:

Quality Areas: 1, 2, 5, 6

what people say

I would highly recommend Nic’s yoga course for early childhood educators. This 10 week course can be completed in your own time and with lots of support from Nic. It provides such great ideas, lesson plans and ideas to extend/ modify to suit the needs of any group of children. Each session plan can be offered as a whole or you can just choose parts of it depending on time/ room constraints and children’s interest. I’m loving implementing the activities and strategies to the young children I teach. Thankyou Nic.
Susan Jane
This course has not only been educational but enjoyable. Nic is a very friendly and passionate educator who I have learnt lots from...This informative course taught me that storytelling is a powerful tool, that helps to develop communication skills, along with promoting imagination, creativity and other important cognitive and life skills...The course gave me excellent strategies...I thoroughly enjoyed this course as I found the course very easy to follow and practical.
ANON
I felt very inspired to make changes and add yoga and meditative practices to our daily program.
Keren
Pre-School Educator
Normally I have a lot of problems writing and being creative. But yesterday I was in a state of flow and it was a blast to write this mediation. This course has given me so many tools. Thank you, thank you, thank you Nic. And the kids loved it!
Lea Bresson