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Children First Training provides expert and affordable professional development courses for staff and educators in the early childhood education and care sector.

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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. We always have a vast range on offer from First Aid to understanding the Early Years Learning Framework, workshops for OOSH providers,  as well as creative and culturally diverse courses. We have training for all levels of early childhood, from trainees to experienced to Centre Directors – there’s something for everyone!

Our sessions are primarily held online or in Western Sydney and are frequented by educators from child care providers throughout the sector – you don’t need to be an educator at our Children First centres to join. Educators travel from all over Sydney and even interstate for our face-to-face sessions, and we attract educators country-wide and internationally for our online sessions. We love the diversity that educators from different centres, near and far, bring to each session.

These factors make Children First Training the preferred choice for many educators. 

Online Early Childhood Educator Training

Introducing Online Educator Training

Our online Educator training allows Early Childhood Educators and OOSH providers to upgrade their skills and attend training from anywhere in Australia! When COVID-19 threw us all into lockdowns and social distancing in 2020, Children First Training had to make fast changes to keep supporting our essential workers in the…

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Kirralea Lyneham Children First Training

Children First Training Brings Educator Training to You

We’re excited to welcome Kirralea Lyneham to the Children First Training team, offering on-site training to your early childhood education service. Kirralea is passionate about providing quality care and education to young children and is a strong advocate for children’s rights. Kirralea’s drive…

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TEAM TRAINING

We can train your team online or on-site. Enquire today!

Our expert trainers, Margaret and Kirralea, offer team training to Early Childhood Education services on-site across NSW, or online country-wide.

We can customise training to suit the needs of your service, and we’ll train at a time that suits your team – evenings or weekends.

Upgrade your skills and book a course today!

Current Training and Workshops

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May 2021

Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives into Early Childhood Curriculums – Webinar

6 May | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Webinar Australia

"We know we should but we don’t know how!” is a common statement made by many well-meaning educators in reference to Aboriginal programs. An astounding number of educators are worried about being offensive, tokenistic and stereotypical and often do nothing in fear of getting it wrong. This webinar is all about growing educator’s cultural confidence and capacity. Jessica will equip educators with practical ideas on how they can embed Aboriginal perspectives in their curriculum all year long and not just during NAIDOC week. Duration: 2…

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The Essence of an Effective Team – Webinar

12 May | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Webinar Australia

This webinar explores the key components that contribute to an effective team including communication methods, communication strategies, conflict styles and conflict resolution strategies and skills that can be implemented in our everyday workplace practices guided by ethical practices. Duration: 1.5 hours Training Presenter: Children First Training - Kirralea Lyneham BOOK NOW

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The Magic of Learning Stories – Webinar

13 May | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Webinar Australia

This session is a great starting point for those who would like to explore other methods of documentation. Moving away from clinical anecdotes, educators will learn how to write a learning story narrative to capture children’s learning. This session will look at what a learning story is, why they are valuable and how to write them. Samples will be provided. Duration: 1.5 hours Training Presenter: Kirsty Fantini – Early Years Training  BOOK NOW

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Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace – Webinar

18 May | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Webinar Australia

Gain an insight into how emotions and actions affect the people around you. Explore how increasing self-awareness can help you improve the way you relate to, and work with others. Examine the role of ‘trust’, its effect on workplace culture, and what you can do to build and maintain good work relationships. *Suitable for all staff Duration: 1.5 hours Training Presenter: Margaret Vassallo – Children First Training  BOOK NOW

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Put Pretend Play ON YOUR RADAR! – Webinar

26 May | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Webinar Australia

Join us to learn more about the benefits of pretend play and how you as educators can enhance pretend play for children with specific strategies and practical hands-on activity ideas. Learn how you can influence your child’s environment to set them up for successful interactions and develop how they play. Stimulate our little learners to be great social problem solvers, lateral thinkers and story tellers. By the end of this session, you will be able to: understand what pretend play…

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Speech & Language Development During the Early Years – Webinar

27 May | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Webinar Australia

This course introduces the foundations of speech and language development in young children. It will cover developmental milestones, strategies to build language and social skills in the classroom setting, and provide an introduction into supporting children with special needs. The course aims to equip educators with the skills to recognise communication difficulties and confidently facilitate the process of early intervention. Training Presenter: Growing Early Minds  Christine Yuen – Speech-Language Pathologist  BOOK NOW

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June 2021

The Development of Emotional Regulation in the Early Years – Webinar

1 June | 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm
Webinar Australia

Emotions can be messy, loud and at times uncomfortable, but even a newborn baby experiences them. What the research tells us is that developing the capacity to manage emotions is a process. This process starts right from birth, like when caregivers pick up a crying baby with the result that the baby feels soothed and experiences a sense of well- being and safety. In this workshop we will be looking at ways this process may evolve and what it might…

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Child Protection – Refresher – Webinar

2 June | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Webinar Australia
Child Protection Early Childhood Educator Training

This 2 hour webinar is designed to keep you up-to-date with current child protection and mandatory reporting requirements. This workshop explores types of abuse and neglect, our legislative responsibilities, ensuring educators are aware of Child Protection law, including our obligations as mandatory reporters and understanding how to apply this in practice. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation. Duration: 2 hour Training Presenter: Children First Training - Kirralea Lyneham BOOK NOW

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Connecting with Community – Webinar

9 June | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Webinar Australia

Making connections with our community can be an overwhelming concept. Where do we start? How do we make it real and authentic? How can children and families be involved in the process? During this webinar we explore community, with reference to Quality Area 6 Collaborative partnerships with families and communities, to guide us in exploring how services can connect to community through an authentic approach relevant to their service. This webinar is suitable for all educators working in early childhood…

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The Planning Cycle

15 June | 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Webinar Australia

This webinar will provide you with a refresher on your obligations to documentation by looking at the cycle of planning with a deep focus on quality interactions as the key to rich programs. Learning Outcomes: - Learn about how quality interactions infuse quality writing - Compare and contrast noticing and observing to to enable more clarity in focus of children's interests - Learn how to use watch you have noticed to test ideas, implement experiences and decide on intentional teaching techniques - Compare…

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Social and Emotional Development – OOSH – Webinar

16 June | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Webinar Australia

This session will assist educators in expanding their understanding of children’s needs and their behaviour holistically. In this workshop, we will share 3 major theoretical perspectives on social and emotional competencies among children and adults. This workshop also caters for a very important issue of educators’ overall wellbeing; one of my core beliefs. On completion of the workshop educators will leave feeling touched, moved and inspired; for this is a beautiful arena and opportunity to transform children’s lives. Duration: 1:5 hours…

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Bringing Intention Outdoors – Webinar

22 June | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Webinar Australia

Is your outdoor program lacking? Do you struggle in seeing, documenting and planning for the meaningful learning that occurs outdoors? This 1 hr webinar will address some common issues such as educator attitudes to outdoors and planning for shared spaces. Participants will explore strategies and reflect upon ways they can promote and maintain meaningful learning experiences outdoors. *Suitable for Educators and Leaders Duration: 1 hour Training Presenter: Margaret Vassallo - Children First Training BOOK NOW

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Child Protection – Refresher – Webinar

23 June | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Webinar Australia
Child Protection Early Childhood Educator Training

This 2 hour webinar is designed to keep you up-to-date with current child protection and mandatory reporting requirements. This workshop explores types of abuse and neglect, our legislative responsibilities, ensuring educators are aware of Child Protection law, including our obligations as mandatory reporters and understanding how to apply this in practice. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation. Duration: 2 hour Training Presenter: Children First Training - Kirralea Lyneham BOOK NOW

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July 2021

QIP Writing – Webinar

13 July | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Webinar Australia

This webinar is designed for those who are new to the role of QIP writing. Gain an understanding of what a QIP is and what should be included. Gain tips for writing, and learn about commonly made mistakes (so you can avoid them). Learn about making the QIP part of your everyday operations. Duration 1.5 hours Training Presenter: Margaret Vassallo - Children First Training BOOK NOW

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Facilitating Language and Play for Children with Autism – Webinar

14 July | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Webinar Australia

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and children that have social communication difficulties need additional support to interact, play, understand and socialise with others. This two hour webinar can help you to understand more about working with these children and their parents to improve social communication skills. Practical tips and activities will help you to focus on children that you have in mind, whilst providing time to discuss strategies and work out how to best apply them in your classroom. Training…

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Behaviour Engagement not Management a Distinct Perspective – OOSH – Webinar

21 July | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Webinar Australia

It is crucial to understand the stories behind any behaviour and that one strategy might not best suit every individual. In the Behaviour Engagement vs Behaviour Management workshop, I will share with you a unique 10 step strategy backed by critical theories on children development. The workshop goes beyond simply sharing the 10 steps, it focuses on why and how these 10 steps impact children’s behaviours positively.You will feel empowered implementing these strategies since they can now associate their daily practices to a proven…

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Provocations and Play – Webinar

28 July | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Webinar Australia

This webinar is perfect for those educators new to the Early Childhood sector and those wanting to further understand the concept of provocations and how you can further support children’s learning and development. During this webinar we will explore the concept of a provocation, the importance of provocations through play and the extended opportunities for learning these provide for children. We will discuss how we can identify and extend on children’s interest and learning through both intentional and spontaneous provocations…

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STEM in Early Childhood

29 July | 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Webinar Australia

What is the buzz about STEM? This webinar will provide you with an insight into the origins of STEM and how it has been translated and applied in the Australian Early Childhood context. Learning Outcomes: - Learn about the history and origins of STEM (Science, Maths, Technology and Engineering) and why there is a focus on it - Formulate ways to identify STEM in your existing program materials, interactions environments and pace. - Discuss and brainstorm the language of STEM…

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August 2021

All eyes on us! Active Supervision and our Duty of Care – Webinar

11 August | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Duty of Care Educator Training

This 1.5hr webinar explores the educators’ role and duty of care when supervising children, with reference to the Education & Care Services National Law & Regulations and the National Quality Standards. We explore the key components of active supervision and how other factors including the learning environment and our relationships with children and families can support us in our role. Training Presenter: Children First Training - Kirralea Lyneham   BOOK NOW!    

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Transition to School – what makes a child ready? – Webinar

17 August | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Transition to School Educator Training

This 1.5 hour session explores how we can best prepare our children and families for the transition to school with a focus on foundational life skills. We will look at emotional adaptability, social and cognitive competence and physical health & well-being. We will explore current research about children’s brain development, resilience and readiness for academic learning along with ideas for pre-numeracy and pre-literacy in it's natural context. Strategies and ideas for educators and families will be shared to support a…

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Reconciliation Action Plan – Webinar

18 August | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Early Childhood Reconciliation Action Plan

Are you wanting to start your reconciliation journey and not sure where to begin? In this webinar, Jessica will be yarning about the importance of Reconciliation Action Plans and how they can best be utilised to create cultural change in your early learning setting. TRAINING PROVIDER: Jessica Staines - Koori Curriculum (Aboriginal Early Childhood Training & Consultancy)   BOOK NOW!    

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EYLF Practice: Assessment for Learning – Webinar

24 August | 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
EYLF ACECQA Educator Training

This 1:15 hour webinar unpacks the EYLF Practice: ‘Assessment for learning'. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the practice as we pull it apart and simplify it. Participants can use this knowledge to assist reflection on their own practices of documenting children's learning. Training Presenter: Margaret Vassallo - Children First Training   BOOK NOW!    

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Resilience, trauma and coping capacities in early childhood – Webinar

25 August | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Early Childhood Resilience Development

Do you ever wonder why some people seem to be able to cope with challenges and difficult experiences better than others? In this webinar, we will explore some of the key research findings linked to the development of resilience in early childhood. Duration: 1hr 30mins Training Presenter: Jenny Rankine – Becoming More    BOOK NOW!    

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All eyes on us! Active Supervision and our Duty of Care – Webinar

31 August | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Duty of Care Educator Training

This 1.5hr webinar explores the educators’ role and duty of care when supervising children, with reference to the Education & Care Services National Law & Regulations and the National Quality Standards. We explore the key components of active supervision and how other factors including the learning environment and our relationships with children and families can support us in our role. Training Presenter: Children First Training - Kirralea Lyneham   BOOK NOW!    

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September 2021

Working with Undiagnosed Children and their Families – Webinar

1 September | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Additional Needs Educator Training

Have you ever wondered how you can help the children and their families in your care that are undiagnosed? This 2 hour webinar training session will look at the following: Developing an understanding of which behaviours are a cause for concern How to initiate the conversation with parents when you have identified these concerns How to manage the behaviours in the classroom Where parents can access support Training Provider: Growing Early Minds - Caitlin Riddell - Provisional Psychologist   BOOK NOW!    

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Supporting the Inclusion of Children with Additional Support Needs – Webinar

2 September | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This webinar will explore strategies educators can use to support the inclusion of children with support needs into their everyday curriculum including ASD, Cognitive, Linguistic and Global delay. We will explore the importance of our own perspectives and practical, respectful ways we can support participation and inclusion for these children Duration: 1.5 hours Training Presenter: Kirsty Fantini – Early Years Training    BOOK NOW!    

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Reflective Practice – Webinar

7 September | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Reflective Practice Educator Training

Do you struggle with reflective practice in general? In this session, we will look at the benefits of reflective practice and why it is important in today’s early childhood environments. We will engage in some reflective activities and explore strategies to assist reflection in everyday practice. Training Presenter: Margaret Vassallo - Children First Training   BOOK NOW!    

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Well-being for educators in an early childhood setting – Webinar

8 September | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Early Childhood Educator Wellbeing

The health and wellbeing of educators is fundamental in supporting children to accomplish their developmental milestones. The physical, emotional and spiritual capacity of educators determines that of the children in their care as imitation is one of the biggest learning tools for young children. In this 2 hour workshop, learn a simple but effective framework to stay on top of your wellbeing as an educator and learn practical tools that promote: Personal reflection and growth Emotional resilience and development A…

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Picture Books as Pathways for Learning – Webinar

14 September | 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Early Childhood Learning through picture books

This online workshop explores an inquiry-based learning approach in the early years, by using picture books as provocations for co-curriculum construction. Be inspired by new ideas to plan extended investigations, using creative storytelling resources. Duration: 1 hour 15 min Training Presenter: Linda Harrison - Stone & Sprocket   BOOK NOW!    

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Child Protection – Refresher – NSW – Webinar

15 September | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Child Protection Early Childhood Educator Training

This 2 hour webinar is designed to keep you up to date with current child protection legislation and mandatory reporting requirements. This workshop identifies and explores types of abuse and neglect, our legislative responsibilities, ensuring educators are aware of Child Protection law, including our obligations as mandatory reporters and understanding how to apply this in practice. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation. Duration: 2 hours Training Presenter: Children First Training - Kirralea Lyneham   BOOK NOW!    

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