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Professional development workshops for educators and leaders

ACCCO has been a part of the education and care sector for over 22 years. Apart from offering superior training services, we also offer the opportunity to utilise our qualified and experienced trainers in providing Professional Development to assist your staff in their ongoing learning and practices. We understand that the education sector is ever changing and competitive, and we need to continuously upgrade service standards and therefore upskill staff in their skills and knowledge! 

An investment in professional development, as well as being required under the National Quality Standard, has a range of benefits for education and care services.

  • It allows staff to achieve personal and workplace goals.
  • It enables staff and providers to be confident in their ability to comply with professional regulatory obligations.
  • It enables staff to maintain and improve their professional competence by keeping abreast of new technology, theory, requirements and practice.
  • It has a significant positive impact on staff retention.
  • It contributes towards increased value and respect for sector professionalism.

ACCCO’s expertise is in all areas of early childhood and school age education and care. We can...

  • Revise or expand on topics covered in previous qualifications. This is great for those who haven't studied for a while, want to know current information, or just need a few more skills in areas without completing full qualifications!
  • Training topics reflected in the National Quality Standards and the new individual development plans.
  • Design something new you that want your staff to learn!! For example, to look at other ways to achieve excellence or improve quality.

Inclusions

2 hours of training
All learning materials
A qualified and experienced Consultant to guide learning
A Statement of Attendance for all participants
Light refreshments (for training delivered at ACCCO campus)

Fees

$70 per person

Price per person is the same for workshops delivered onsite at your workplace and at ACCCO training venues. Onsite workshops require a minimum invoice of $650 for 9 people or less. 

Please note:

All prices are GST inclusive. For onsite workshops, a minimum invoice deposit of $650 is required to be made on booking prior to each workshop. Balance due within 7 days of date of invoice. Prices do not include airfare and accommodation unless ACCCO has a local consultant located within your area. The invoice will be charged as per the booking form numbers, any additional numbers will be invoiced separately. If the attendance number is less than requested on the booking form, the service will still be liable for the negotiated agreed price at the time of the booking.


In service training

Tailored to your service’s individual requirements, our onsite Professional Development workshops are delivered at a time and place convenient to you. Facilitators guide sessions using your context and input. 

Training can be delivered nationally across Australia anytime including after hours or on weekends giving you the flexibility of your training being delivered at a time most convenient for you. BOOKINGS CAN BE MADE UP TO 12 MONTHS IN ADVANCE!!!

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Bookings and further information

Give us a call on 1300 139 406 or click the 'Book Now' button. Alternatively, you can download a booking form and email to workshops@accco.com.au

ACCCO training venue

Join in one of our regular Professional Development workshops delivered at our ACCCO training facilities. 


FORTITUDE VALLEY - BRISBANE 

161 Brunswick Street,
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006

07  3257 1972 


SMITHFIELD - ADELAIDE

26 Anderson Walk,
Smithfield, SA 5114

08 8284 1794

Popular topics


Book into one or more of our popular workshops below, or consult us to design a workshop specifically suited to your service! 

Curriculum Planning

Educational program and practice (QA1) 

What should staff be considering when planning a curriculum for children? How is the evaluation process important in the planning cycle? There is no one way to program but participants are encouraged to reflect on strategies which meet approved learning frameworks and the National Quality Standards.

This workshop aims to engage educators in understanding what is a curriculum and how it contributes to each child’s learning and developmental outcomes. Educators investigate various elements that influence a curriculum including philosophy and pedagogy. Reviewing the cycle of planning and strategies to reflective practice which meets the approved learning framework and National Quality Standards.

Documentation in Early Childhood Settings

Educational program and practice (QA1) 

Can’t get your head around documentation? Need ideas to help make learning more visible? This workshop will explore the documentation cycle, look at thinking outside of the box when it comes to documentation and how to share documentation with children and families.

Gain an in-depth perspective on the reasons for, choices around, and visibility of documentation of children’s learning and developmental outcomes is often a challenge. This workshop aims to provide some insight into educators professional practice including styles of documentation, linkages to approved learning framework and national quality standards, and making documentation visible.

Numeracy, Literacy and Inquiry Based Learning

Educational program and practice (QA1) 

Do you need more ideas for supporting learning in language and literacy and thinking skills? Discover how numeracy and literacy is embedded in everyday play and life activities, and how you can enhance this. The workshop will also look at strategies to use and possible resources for learning.

This workshop is building upon an educator’s skill set for incorporating literacy, numeracy and inquiry based learning into the everyday program and planning. Exploring the reasons for creating literacy and numeracy enriched environments, discovering how it can be embedded into everyday life and play experiences and involves the children to be active and engaged learners.

Planning for Babies & Toddlers

Educational program and practice (QA1) 

How is the environment set to engage children? What communication systems are in place for the staff and families? Babies and toddlers are a vulnerable group and very reliant upon adults to provide their needs. 

This workshop focuses on staff techniques when working with babies and toddlers and explores the specific needs of this age group through: understanding of child development and foundations for life, shared information for supporting the welfare and care of these young people, and considerations for planning and setting up environments for this specific age.

Reflection in the Planning Cycle

Educational program and practice (QA1) 

What should I look to include in my next development planning cycle? What to document and when, how will you know when you have arrived at the strategy that works best for your service, children, educators and community.

This workshop aims to explore what reflective practice is and the processes that educators engage in as reflective practitioners. Using a practice example of the physical environment educators review goals, interest points, consider routines and everyday practices that occur within physical environments then use this understanding to practice reflection.

Music and Movement

Educational program and practice (QA1) 

Educators are often challenged with incorporating music and movement into everyday programs

This workshop has been designed with practical ideas for understanding forms of music and movement, making music, elements that make music and movement fun.

Child Protection

Health and Safety (QA2) 

All children have the right to experience high quality education and care, in a learning environment that provides for their protection through appropriate supervision, safe experiences and environments, and emergency preparedness.

This workshop will engage educators in the legislative requirements, professional ethical standards and responsibilities of child protective practices. Educators will be identifying with abuse indicators for children who may be at risk, review Mandatory reporting and gain understanding in notifying procedures and practices for documenting disclosures.

Nature Play and the Value of the Outdoors

Physical Environment (QA3) 

Playing outdoors grows resilience, self-confidence, initiative, creativity and more. It encourages the joy of movement; it nurtures wild imaginations, experimentation, friendships, social connections and behaviour.

This workshop explores what is nature play and the opportunities for learning that children can experience from the outdoors. What are the influences on children who experience play in environments that are built upon natural materials, open ended opportunities, wide open spaces and involve exposure to risk in play.

Physical Environment in Early Childhood & OSHC

Physical Environment (QA3) 

Explore the physical environment that plays a critical role in contributing to children’s ‘wellbeing, happiness, creativity and developing independence and determining the quality of children’s learning and experiences.

A physical environment of an early education and care service should be reflective of the children, families, staff and community in which the setting resides. This workshop aims to engage educators in thinking about the physical environment including the facilities, furniture and resources, then linking how the environment supports children’s learning and developmental outcomes.

Workplace Health and Safety

Health and Safety (QA2) 

Employers and employees have responsibilities for ensuring health and safety in the workplace. Their fundamental responsibility is to provide a safe and healthy work environment.

This workshop identifies with legislative requirements around the protection and prevention in the health and safety and welfare of all workers at work. Educators will become familiar with employer and employee responsibilities in establishing and maintaining safe work environments and how and what practices should be implemented to identify hazards and control risk.

Guiding and Supporting Children’s Behaviour

Relationships with Children (QA5) 

Many educators would agree that guiding and supporting children’s behaviour is one of the most challenging tasks within their role.

This workshop explores core guidelines for promoting positive behaviour, contributing factors to behaviours and practical and meaningful strategies for engaging children in positive behaviours. Engaging in reflective practice around challenging behaviours can improve educators’ competence and confidence.

Effective Communication & Building Professional Relationships

Staffing arrangements (QA4)

Effective communication is essential within any education and care service. It helps to build respectful relationships and supports the wellbeing of children, staff and families. See how the language of the virtues can enhance these experiences.

This workshop is designed to support educators understanding in what is effective communication is and the forms that this can take. A focus is drawn on both workforce and individuals’ strategies that connect to staffing and leadership and management areas of the National Quality Standards. Professional relationships are part of and connected to team building, motivation and goals in the workplace and cultural attitudes within the workplace.

Effective Supervision

Health and Safety (QA2) 

A critical role of an educator is supervision. This workshop explores the definition of supervision, its relationship within the National Quality Standards, and what makes supervision effective. Educators can be more competent in supervision if they engage the four elements of supervision and become reflective practitioners regarding supervision practices.

Positive and Respectful Relationships with Children

Relationships with Children (QA5)

Relationships with children are central to their learning, development and positive life outcomes. Strategies for developing relationships are based upon use of language, understanding of inclusive behaviours, and using appropriate communication for the ages and development of the child.

Throughout this workshop there is an emphasis on promoting positive behaviours for expression, participation and supporting children’s relationships with others.

Effective Leadership and Management

Governance and leadership (QA7)

Effective leadership and management systems are vital to the success of any service. It is also important to promote the ongoing cycle of reflective practice, engagement with key stakeholders and continuous quality improvement. 

This workshop has a focus upon philosophy, leadership and management roles, and strategies and processes to make educators and service leaders aware of the significant impact that governance can have upon a service. The cycle of quality improvement practice is also explored as part of the ongoing operational needs of a service.

Team Building, Stress and Time Management

Staffing arrangements (QA4)

Team building is an active process by which a group of individuals set goals, tasks or outcomes and have aligned concepts and ideas. 

This workshop explores the functions, roles and responsibilities of a team and team orientated concepts and presents to staff triggers for their stresses in education and how to manage these effectively. Included are ideas for effective time management and its importance for creating a calm environment  for children and families. Stress management is introduced as a counterproductive measure to ensure a team can manage stress, events and contingencies within the workplace.

Responding to and Handling complaints

Leadership and Governance (QA7)

While all services have guidelines to deal with complaints, how should principals respond to the 'grey areas'? 

This workshop draws to the challenging situations of handling complaints. Effective communication, having clear and concise policy and procedures, and understanding everyone’s rights throughout the process is very necessary for the effective resolution of issues and concerns raised about the service.


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