Creating Engaging Environments for Preschoolers

Creating Engaging Environments for Preschoolers is a professional development training workshop that helps educators create inclusive learning environments for preschoolers.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional), access and inclusion
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online, consultancy, coaching, resources (books, kits, manuals)
  • Strength of evidence: Level 6 – Supported by expert opinion
  • AEDC sub-domains: Social competence – responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: Moderate ($200–$2,000 per person/item) to High (>$2,000 per person/item)

Program description

Creating Engaging Environments for Preschoolers is a professional development training workshop by Early Life Foundations, which aims to inspire educators to reflect on and intentionally create inclusive learning environments to enhance children’s wellbeing and communication.

The training session examines:

  • why environments make a difference and how educators can enhance learning spaces cost effectively
  • practical and research-based considerations around choice of resources and play experiences with a variety of visual examples from a range of preschool contexts
  • the role of the educator and the environment in optimising learning and development opportunities for all children, focusing on life-long learning and development rather than solely on school readiness.

The training is delivered via live webinar and includes multiple speakers, presentation slides, videos, expert panel discussion, opportunities for audience Q&A, certificate of attendance and downloadable takeaways.

To maximise effectiveness, the provider recommends booking coaching sessions for dates after the professional development has been attended.

Dates for scheduled online sessions

  • 22 February 2024, 9.30am 12.00pm
  • 24 April 2024, 9.30am 12.00pm
  • 24 July 2024, 9.30am 12.00pm
  • 28 August 2024, 9.30am 12.00pm
  • 16 October 2024, 9.30am 12.00pm
  • 13 November 2024, 9.30am 12.00pm

Detailed cost

  • 2.5 hours online: $310 (excluding GST) (includes digital workbook and Walker Learning Environment posters)
  • A 10% discount is available for 3 registrations or more.

Customised group sessions:

  • For large group bookings (20+) contact or 03 9551 1900 for a quote
  • Coaching (optional): $1,995 (excluding GST).

Implementation considerations

  • Target Population: educators.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: session includes digital workbook and Learning Area posters.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this resource.
  • Supervision/coaching: additional coaching packages available for attendees (optional). Three one-hour blocks for individuals or small teams (delivered via zoom or phone call). This customised coaching will provide educators with tailored support to build on the skills and strategies outlined in the presentation and encourage reflection and development of practice.
  • Tools and systems: educators and services will need access to a computer with reliable internet access and Zoom access for the webinar.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • High expectations for children
  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
  • Equity and diversity
  • Assessment for learning and development

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.