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The Children First Training and Development Unit exists to provide quality training and professional development for all staff, to support and build capacity in Children First, the community and the sector.


Children First is committed to hosting quality professional development courses and workshops for its staff and educators in the sector. As practitioners we know ‘early childhood’ so you can be sure you will be provided with training that is current, accurate and, at times, edgy.

Our sessions are held in Western Sydney so are mostly sourced by Educators in the Blacktown and Penrith LGA’s and out to the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury areas. These factors, partnered with affordability, make Children First Training the preferred choice for many Educators in Western Sydney.

Current Training and Workshops

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Science in Early Childhood

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 |6:30pm - 8:30pm | $44

The Power of Positive Language

This workshop will explore the power of positive language and its impact on the children in our care and education settings.
We will examine
– Powerful words (vs. dis-empowering words).
– Our use of language and how it can impact a child’s sense of identity.
– Using language intentionally and effectively in our teaching strategies.
– Using positive language to build secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships with children (and also families, colleagues and ourselves).

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 |6:30pm - 8:30pm | $44

Care as Curriculum

This workshop explores what it means to put care at the heart of the curriculum, particularly for the 0-2 age group. We will map out how nappy changes, sleep times, meal times and pick up and drop off times can become valuable times for learning and relationship building. Participants will receive an audit to self-assess their own learning environments.

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 |6:30pm - 8:30pm | $44

Researchers & Scientists – Co-constructing Learning with Children

This workshop will explore how we can extend children’s learning experiences so they become more authentic, reflective and where we co-construct knowledge with children. It is about moving away from topic based planning to understanding HOW children learn and understand through their interests.

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 |5:30pm - 8:30pm | $66

Aboriginal Perspectives – Literacy and Numeracy

In this workshop we discuss traditional methods of storytelling and discuss the appropriateness of dreamtime stories. We examine alternative examples of children’s books and puppets that include Aboriginal perspectives in line with the current interests of the children. This workshop also provides practical examples of how educators can include Aboriginal language in their program. this workshop will also have a range of play experiences that embody literacy and numeracy concepts.

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 |10:30am - 12:30pm | $55

The Planning Cycle for OOSH

This workshop specifically for OOSH services will look at:

  • The planning cycle
  • How to critically reflect on children’s learning through play and leisure
  • How to provide authentic and meaningful extensions
  • How to show links throughout the program
  • Quality daily reflections that move well beyond “today we had a lovely day!”


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