The Pyramid Model: Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children

Pyramid Model supports early childhood educators in promoting social-emotional learning and collaborating with parents and professionals.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online, consultancy, coaching
  • Strength of evidence: Level 5 - Foundational research
  • AEDC Sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity - anxious and fearful behaviour
    • Emotional maturity - aggressive behaviour
    • Emotional maturity - hyperactivity and inattentive behaviour
    • Social competence - responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: Low (<$200 per person/item), Moderate ($200–$2,000 per person/item)

Program description

The Pyramid Model is designed to help educators promote high-quality social-emotional learning in children. The Pyramid Model is also designed to help educators support parents and liaise with other professionals in supporting families, as part of a positive behaviour support team.

Training includes:

Universal Supports - Tier 1 - Module 1

  • Nurturing & Responsive Relationships
  • High Quality Supportive Environments.

Secondary Prevention – Tier 2 - Module 2

  • Targeted Social Emotional Supports.

Tertiary Intervention – Tier 3 – Modules 3a & 3b.

  • Individualised Intensive Interventions:
    • Determining the Meaning of Challenging Behaviour (3a)
    • Developing a Behaviour Support Plan (3b).

Leadership Training – Module 4

  • Essential Leadership Strategies for Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development and Addressing Challenging Behaviour
  • Adopting the Pyramid Model with Fidelity.

There are a wide range of educator learning options, including:

  • introductory Pyramid Model training
  • full Pyramid Model training
  • e-Modules
  • practice-based coaching
  • leadership training
  • Teaching Pyramid Observation Tools (TPOT) training and assessments
  • practice based coaching training.

Pyramid Model training and coaching if offered face-to-face and online.

There are set dates for training as well as the capacity to schedule training and coaching to best suit your service, cluster or region. The provider can work with services and their Early Childhood Improvement Branch to help meet minimum numbers. Scheduled dates are available on our website.

Detailed cost

All costs include GST.

For educators new to the Pyramid Model

Educator Teams Introductory Workshop delivered either:

  • Online as 1 x 2 hour sessions: $550 per educator team
  • Face to face as 1 x 2 hour sessions: $690 per educator team.

Introduction to the Pyramid Model for Families and Committees delivered as either:

  • Online as 1 x 2 hour session: $550/educator team
  • Face-to-face as 1 x 2 hour session: $690/educator team.

Full Pyramid Model Training (Tiers 1, 2 and 3): 28 hours in total, delivered as four full days, either:

  • Online: $1320/person
  • Face-to-face: $1540/person.

Tier 1 & 2 Pyramid Model Training: 15 hours delivered online as either:

  • Online as 5 x 3 hour sessions: $660/person
  • Face-to-face as 2 full days: $770/person.

Single Tier Training (Tier 1, 2, or 3): Each Tier training is 7 hours in total, delivered either:

  • Online as 2 sessions of 3.5 hours: $330/person
  • Face-to-face as one day: $385/person.

E-modules: $77/person (the provider recommends including at least one follow-up coaching session).

Supporting Resilience in Young Children: Exploring how trauma informed care and the Pyramid Model align, how the Pyramid Model can support children's resilience and how to implement practices that promote children's social emotional development and resilience.

  • Online as 1 x 3 hour session: $165/person.

Practice-based coaching delivered as either:

  • 1.5 hour online session: $380/session/individual or team
  • 3 hour onsite coaching and resourcing session: $660/session/team (including observation time).

The modules need to be completed in sequence. If you are only undertaking one module, it is a pre-requisite that you will have completed the previous module.

For educators and leaders continuing their training

Please note the prerequisite for undertaking the following training is completion of the full Pyramid Model training.

The Pyramid Model Leadership Training – Module 4 - 7 hours delivered either:

  • Online as 2 x 3.5 hour sessions: $330/person
  • Face-to-face for one day: $385/person.

The Pyramid Model Coaching Training: $440/person, delivered as one day training either online or face-to-face.

Teaching Pyramid Observation Tools (TPOT): $825/person, delivered as two days training face-to-face. An intensive workshop to train and certify trainers to conduct user reliability training on the TPOT™.

TPOT Assessment: $759/person, 3hrs total delivered face-to-face and includes classroom observation, educator interview and report.

Unpacking the Pyramid Model: $770/person, 15 hours in total of training for the practical application of Pyramid Model practices.

Please get in touch for an individualised quotation. We also offer discounts when our services are packaged together for example training with coaching, or E-modules with coaching.

Please visit the provider website for further details including pricing.

For indicative pricing on face-to-face training, including travel costs outside of metropolitan Melbourne (150km or more) please contact the provider via email or telephone.

All workshop costs include program resources.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: early childhood educators and other professional working in the early childhood sector.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.
  • Factors to consider: the provider recommends combining coaching with training to help embed new practices acquired. Services should consider how staff may be able to share the practice knowledge obtained from this resource with others at the service. This will ensure that improved approaches to practice or innovative ideas can be implemented across the service as a whole.
  • Training requirements: no prerequisite knowledge for the training is needed to begin and Tier 1, Module 1. However, the modules need to be completed in sequence. If you are only undertaking one module, you will need to have completed the previous module as a pre-requisite.
  • Systems and tools: reliable internet access needed.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • High expectations for every child
  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
  • Assessment for learning and development
  • Integrated teaching and learning approaches
  • Partnerships with professionals

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

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