Bringing Learning to Life

The Bringing Learning to Life program helps teachers and parents learn evidence-based techniques to prepare children for school.

Program details

  • Priority area: Communication (language development)
  • Primary audience: Educators, parents/carers
  • Delivery mode: Resources (books, kits, manuals), online, group training, consultancy, coaching
  • Strength of evidence: Level 3 – Promising research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Language and cognitive development basic literacy
    • Language and cognitive development
    • Communication skills and general knowledge communication and general knowledge
  • Item cost: High (>$2,000 per person/item)

Program description

Bringing Learning to Life program by Nillumbik Community Health Service aims to develop educator and parent/caregivers’ knowledge and use of evidence-based techniques to help prepare children for school with a focus on language development, emergent literacy practice and fine motor skills.

The Bringing Learning to Life program incorporates a focus on educator’s emergent literacy practice, using video feedback and reflective practice sessions to promote increased use of these strategies. It is designed to be inclusive of diversity and varying abilities, ensuring every child can succeed. The program focuses on interactive shared book reading with children and utilises everyday experiences to develop language, emergent literacy skills, fine motor skills.

The Bringing Learning to Life program includes:

  • 2 online information sessions (one for parents/caregivers and one for educators)
  • 3 coaching sessions for educators.

The program is delivered online.

Detailed cost

Total cost of program:

5 sessions (one information session for parent/caregivers, one information session for educators, 3 sessions with educators): $3,285 (excl. GST).

Breakdown of costs:

  • Online parent/caregiver information session with Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and Psychologist (1.5 hours) (recording provided to parents unable to attend): $1,215 (excluding GST)
  • Online early childhood educator information session (1.5 hours for maximum of 10): $610 (excluding GST)
  • Coaching sessions with early childhood educators (3 x one hour, usually with 34 educators, child numbers as per session enrolments): $1,080 (excluding GST)
  • Preparation of resources and report (provision of tailored resources and report): $380 (excluding GST)
  • After-hours information session: $300 (excluding GST).

Additional costs (optional):

  • Interpreter: $100 per hour (excluding GST)
  • Additional individual sessions for educators: $150 (excluding GST).

Parent/caregiver information session only

Online parent/caregiver information session with Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and Psychologist can be purchased separately: $1,215 (excluding GST).

Implementation considerations

Target population: Educators, parents/caregivers.

Program/practice descriptions and details: Two information sessions (one for parents/caregivers and one for educators) provide an overview of current norms of emergent literacy, language and fine motor development which enable adults to target the right level for the child and extend them appropriately. The information sessions, which are conducted online, may have more than one centre in attendance.

The program is delivered by speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and/or psychologists via dynamic co-led teaching sessions with educators, videoing of educators’ shared reading activity with children and reflective practice, evaluation reports, and additional sessions are available on request. The program uses books from within the early childhood curriculum, encourages the use of everyday activities and oral story telling with families, ensuring skills and strategies are used in all family and early childhood education contexts.

Program adaptability: the program and techniques covered can be adapted during coaching sessions to suit a range of language, learning and school readiness goals for children. The techniques learnt from coaching sessions can be generalised by educators as useful strategies across their curriculums.

Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this resource.

Supervision/coaching: coaching support for educators includes video coaching and reflective practice.

Tools and systems: computer with Internet access, webcam, teleconferencing capability required for online sessions. Device required for recording educator videos (e.g. phone, iPad).

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnership with families
  • High expectations for every child
  • Respectful relationship and responsive engagement
  • Equity and diversity
  • Assessment for learning and development
  • Integrated teaching and learning approaches
  • Partnership with professionals

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes.