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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.

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 in Western Sydney and are frequented by educators from child care providers throughout the industry – you don’t need to be an educator at our Children First centres to join. We have educators travel from all over Sydney and even interstate. 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.

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April 2018

My Time Our Place – Environment for OOSH

3 April @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Seven Hills Community Centre, 5 Artillery Cres
Seven Hills, NSW 2147 Australia

This comprehensive 2 hour training will provide participants with a practical approach to the implementation My Time, Our Place Framework focusing on environments.  Understanding the necessities of the environment in school age care services and ideas to meet these requirements…

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Manual Handling

3 April @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Seven Hills Community Centre, 5 Artillery Cres
Seven Hills, NSW 2147 Australia

This 2 hour comprehensive training will provide participants with current knowledge of  both the National Quality Framework and Work Health and Safety legislative requirements including practical approach to manual handling and caring for yourself in the education and care service.…

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The Role of the Educational Leader

17 April @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Seven Hills Community Centre, 5 Artillery Cres
Seven Hills, NSW 2147 Australia

This 2 hour workshop will provide practical information about the role of the Educational Leader, the challenges & resistance from others as well as ways to understand how to implement and maintain change through mentoring.  Light refreshments provided. TRAINING PROVIDER:…

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Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives into Early Childhood Curriculums

19 April @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Growing Potential/Children First, 43 Fourth Avenue
Blacktown, NSW 2148 Australia

This 6 hour workshop will highlight the importance of including Aboriginal perspectives into service programs and why it needs to be done EVERY DAY! This is a practical hands on workshop that provides educators with multiple examples of experiences.  It…

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May 2018

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

8 May @ 8:15 am - 9 May @ 5:00 pm
Lilys Restaurant, Bar & Function Centre, 5 Quinn Avenue
Seven Hills, NSW 2147 Australia

Selected Growing Potential staff only event. This is a FREE 2 day professional development course to give you the skills to lead, influence, engage and collaborate effectively with others. See your email for more information.

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June 2018

The Power of Positive Language for OOSH

6 June @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Max Webber Library, Flushcombe Road
Blacktown, NSW 2148 Australia

This 2 hour 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…

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Science Workshop for Early Childhood Educators

7 June @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Seven Hills Community Centre, 5 Artillery Cres
Seven Hills, NSW 2147 Australia

This full day workshop will explore how we, as educators, can teach children how science really works in our world in a way children understand. Suitable for all Early Childhood Educators Designed to build science capacity in your Early Learning…

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Bush Tucker

19 June @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Seven Hills Community Centre, 5 Artillery Cres
Seven Hills, NSW 2147 Australia

This workshop focuses on the traditional custodians of the land; their cultural values and practices to ensure the sustainability of the land. This workshop looks at bush tucker and gives case study examples of how children’s services are including native…

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Supporting Children’s Emotional Wellbeing

28 June @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lalor Park Community Centre, 1 Freeman Street
Lalor Park, NSW 2147 Australia

Research has shown that there are increasing number of children under the age of 5 years who are experiencing anxiety disorders and depression. During this 2 hour workshop, we will explore and discuss the importance of our interactions with children,…

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July 2018

Creative Arts and Brain Development

12 July @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lalor Park Community Centre, 1 Freeman Street
Lalor Park, NSW 2147 Australia

This 2 hour workshop will look at the importance of quality art experiences for children’s brain development, functioning as well as well-being. Educators will come away with a more in-depth understanding of this connection as well as ideas to extend these experiences…

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HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education setting

14 July @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ngallu Wal – Aboriginal Child & Family Centre, 259 Kildare Road
Doonside, NSW 2767 Australia

This course covers senior first aid, CPR and the management of asthma and anaphylaxis. Please complete the following; Register using the code sent in your email. You are required to have a USI (Unique Student Identifier). To obtain a USI…

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Leading a Successful Childcare Centre

24 July @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Max Webber Library, Flushcombe Road
Blacktown, NSW 2148 Australia

New Centre Directors or Refresher for the Experienced An essential workshop for all new, current and emerging centre managers and directors. This workshop will cover key topics enabling you to lead a successful centre including:  Daily operations and management  Creating…

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Put Pretend Play ON YOUR RADAR!

25 July @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ngallu Wal – Aboriginal Child & Family Centre, 259 Kildare Road
Doonside, NSW 2767 Australia

Join us for this 3 hour workshop to learn more about the benefits of pretend play and how you as parents or educators can enhance pretend play for children with specific strategies and practical hands on activity ideas. Learn how…

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August 2018

Early Years Learning Framework – Educators Series

1 August @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Growing Potential/Children First, 43 Fourth Avenue
Blacktown, NSW 2148 Australia

This is a series of 5 professional development sessions, thoughtfully grouped to cover all aspects of the Early Years Learning Framework. Together we will unpack the EYLF and understand what it looks like in real life. It is so much…

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Transition to School

6 August @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ngallu Wal – Aboriginal Child & Family Centre, 259 Kildare Road
Doonside, NSW 2767 Australia

This 2 hour workshop explores how we can best prepare our children and families for the transition to school with a focus on foundational life skills. Light refreshments provided TRAINING PROVIDER: Early Years Training – Kirsty Fantini

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Aboriginal Arts, Music and Dance

8 August @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ngallu Wal – Aboriginal Child & Family Centre, 259 Kildare Road
Doonside, NSW 2767 Australia

Aboriginal inspired art experience in an early childhood context is so much more than just collaged red, black and yellow flags and cotton bud dot paintings. This workshop will inspire educators and open them up to the many possibilities of…

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Guiding Children’s Behaviour for OOSH

13 August @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Max Webber Library, Flushcombe Road
Blacktown, NSW 2148 Australia

Remaining positive and effective can be difficult whether it is with early childhood children or school aged. We will assist educators with practical ideas and resources to encourage a more positive environment. It won’t happen overnight but it can happen.…

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HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

21 August @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ngallu Wal – Aboriginal Child & Family Centre, 259 Kildare Road
Doonside, NSW 2767 Australia

This training course involves: Completion of online pre-course study, plus 2 hours practical training You will be required to obtain a USI (Unique Student Identifier) to complete this qualification. (Details on how to obtain a USI can be found www.usi.gov.au Please…

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September 2018

PUAWER005B – Operate as part of an emergency control organisation

3 September @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ngallu Wal – Aboriginal Child & Family Centre, 259 Kildare Road
Doonside, NSW 2767 Australia

This unit covers the competency required to implement the emergency response specified in the workplace emergency procedures. This unit has been developed to cover the broad range of emergencies in workplaces as considered in Australian Standard 3745-2010. Target Audience: Existing…

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Early Years Learning Framework – Educators Series No.5

5 September @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Growing Potential/Children First, 43 Fourth Avenue
Blacktown, NSW 2148 Australia

This is a series of 5 professional development sessions, thoughtfully grouped to cover all aspects of the Early Years Learning Framework. Together we will unpack the EYLF and understand what it looks like in real life. It is so much…

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Accidental Counsellor

26 September @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Max Webber Library, Flushcombe Road
Blacktown, NSW 2148 Australia

Do you find yourself becoming an ‘accidental counsellor’ to parents/carers of children at your centre? Would you like to gain skills in dealing with difficult or sensitive issues? Then this course is for you! Summary of the training: Understand the 3…

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October 2018

Assessment Ready, Steady, Go!

10 October @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Max Webber Library, Flushcombe Road
Blacktown, NSW 2148 Australia

‘Assessment and Rating’ is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the strengths of your centre. This workshop is a must to learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the assessment and rating process including: Reflecting on the Assessment and Rating Process;…

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Talking and Thinking Floorbooks

13 October @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

A child-led approach to observation, planning and documentation The Talking and Thinking Floorbooks® Approach is a child-led approach to observation, documentation and planning that is now used with children from birth to 11 across the world. By really listening to…

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Creating Natural Play Spaces

23 October @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lalor Park Community Centre, 1 Freeman Street
Lalor Park, NSW 2147 Australia

This 2 hour workshop will explore ways we can create meaningful natural play spaces both inside and outside as well as the importance of engaging with the natural environment for development and well- being as well as creating an environmentally…

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All Embracing (Diversity)

31 October @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Stonecutters Ridge Neighbourhood Centre, Ashlar Court
Colebee, NSW 2761 Australia

Perhaps diversity and inclusion are terms you hear and possibly speak about each day but when did you last stop to think about what they really mean?  Early education and care professionals are placed to ‘make a change' in the…

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November 2018

Autism – Looking through their eyes!

5 November @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ngallu Wal – Aboriginal Child & Family Centre, 259 Kildare Road
Doonside, NSW 2767 Australia

This 2 hr workshop looks at Autism and the ASD spectrum, behaviours, brain functioning to support educators develop realistic strategies and expectations. Light refreshments provided TRAINING PROVIDER: Early Years Training – Kirsty Fantini

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Typical Child Development

13 November @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ngallu Wal – Aboriginal Child & Family Centre, 259 Kildare Road
Doonside, NSW 2767 Australia

This 3 hour training aims to upskill educators on the importance of early childhood development and the crucial role they play in monitoring, identifying and communicating developmental progress. Participants will learn about: Typical developmental milestones The importance of early intervention…

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Food Handling/Menu Planning for OOSH

19 November @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Max Webber Library, Flushcombe Road
Blacktown, NSW 2148 Australia

National Quality Standard 2.1.3 Healthy eating and physical activity are promoted and appropriate for each child. This 2 hour training will assist educators in how to  plan meals, food handling and complying with the standards. This training is based on…

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Sustainability

26 November @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Max Webber Library, Flushcombe Road
Blacktown, NSW 2148 Australia

This 3 hr workshop will assist you to implement the National Quality Standards in your  service in regards to sustainability, specifically in relation to Standard 3.2.3. We will provide both our knowledge and some fun hands on experiences to assist…

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December 2018

Out of the Box

4 December @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Max Webber Library, Flushcombe Road
Blacktown, NSW 2148 Australia

Music to support EYLF learning outcomes (0 – 6 years) In this 2 hour workshop we will use the metaphor of boxes to explore “belonging, being and becoming” through music. Boxes can be fun, enticing and bring pleasure. They can be…

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