Download our 2018 Professional Learning Planner - your team's professional development planning tool.

This planner is designed so that you and your team have a user friendly tool to state your intentions for 2018, and to plan for your team's professional learning this year. Throughout this booklet, you have space to identify and jot down your team's individual strengths and learning goals, as part of professional development planning for 2018.

Winter warm up offer

Professional learning workshops for educators and leaders

Are you a fresh face in Early Childhood or leadership? Do you have a qualification with some, or years of experience?
Either way, you are invited to refresh and build your professional knowledge and skills by booking into one or more of our workshops. 

These workshops engage our students, educators and leaders in active, inspired learning. 

  • Bookings are required by booking online below, or by E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or P 07 3204 4336.
  • Payment is to be made prior to the workshop to confirm your place, as places are limited.
  • All participants receive a certificate of attendance. Tea, coffee, morning tea and lunch is provided. 
  • Tea and coffee is available 15 minutes prior to workshop starting time for participants to settle in to start promptly.

North Brisbane training venue

695 OPT Pioneer room

The Heritage Hotel and Function Centre at Old Petrie Town
Dayboro Road, Whiteside, Queensland 4503. View MAP
Estimated travel time to Old Petrie Town:
  • 15 minutes from: Strathpine, North Lakes, Boundary Road/Dakabin, Deception Bay Road/Narangba
  • 30 minutes from: Albany Creek, Bracken Ridge, Caboolture, Chermside
  • 45 minutes from Brisbane CBD



You may be a champion for sustainability; or, be struggling to see how supporting children to become environmentally responsible fits into your role as an educator.

This workshop explores the 'WHY' of supporting environmental responsibility, and HOW to:

  • embed sustainable actions in your centre in meaningful ways
  • provide a curriculum where children are able to care, respect and appreciate the natural environment.

You'll leave this workshop having identified potential changes with the start of a sustainability plan, and with motivation to support children and adults to turn your centre green.

Event Date 30-07-2018 8:00am
Event End Date 30-07-2018 1:00pm
Capacity 24
Available place 17
Individual Price $145.00
$145.00 17

Childhood has changed dramatically. Children are kept within adult range, where they are more 'cotton-wooled', sedentary and indoors - yet children are more anxious. This workshop will inspire you towards children experiencing a 'natural childhood' with challenge and active play, and in ways to support children's emotional and physical development.

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Event Date 06-08-2018 9:00am
Event End Date 06-08-2018 2:00pm
Capacity 24
Available place 12
Individual Price $145.00
$145.00 12

In our fear of 'getting it wrong' or offending our First Peoples and their cultural ways, it is easy for educators to become trapped in avoidance. 

This workshop guides you on how to promote greater understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander ways of 'knowing and being' in every day practice and in curriculum decisions. Through learning about the events since Invasion, you will become motivated to take action to redress unfairness. This is an opportunity to reflect on the current level of cultural safety in your own workplace and consider ways to create a welcoming and culturally safe environment.

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Event Date 08-08-2018 9:00am
Event End Date 08-08-2018 2:00pm
Capacity 24
Available place 7
Individual Price $145.00
$145.00 7

Series of 2 workshops: AUG 27 & SEP 17: at 8.30am - 1.30pm

Do you want to lead your team to work together, with a vision towards exceeding or excellence in quality education and care? This workshop guides you to establish a team charter and performance plan so your team has a clear shared vision and goals to move forward. We explore how to establish an effective team that builds each other's strengths and considers how their various skills complement each other. We discuss leadership skills to promote good understanding, ensure adequate knowledge and facilitate positive interactions towards an empowered, strengths-based and cohesive team. 

Event Date 27-08-2018 8:30am
Event End Date 17-09-2018 1:30pm
Capacity 24
Available place 15
Individual Price $390.00
$390.00 15

Series of 3 workshops on SEP 3, OCT 8 and NOV 5: at 9am - 2.30pm
This series provides educators with deep and inspired understanding of Quality Area 1 Educational program and practice and the EYLF Practices. Using the work of Loris Malaguzzi, you will consider your image of a child and how that informs your teaching.

You will become focused on providing children with rich and authentic learning experiences, based on your observations and meaningful documentation of each child's current knowledge, strengths, ideas, culture, abilities and interests.

SEP 3: Weaving theorists and practice for holistic development and wellbeing

OCT 8: Planning a child-centred, nature based curriculum for learning through play

NOV 5: Using meaningful documentation to develop the whole child

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Event Date 03-09-2018 9:00am
Event End Date 05-11-2018 2:30pm
Capacity 24
Available place 13
Individual Price AUD435.00
AUD435.00 13

This workshop is suitable for Emerging Leaders in Early Childhood
Are you feeling uncertain or nervous about the Assessment & Rating (A&R) process at your centre? This workshop will support you to take the overwhelm away from A&R, and give you achievable and effective strategies to guide your team to focus on successful preparation.

Through discussion and collaboration, you will clarify the NQF self-assessment process and A&R process. We explore useful ways to share this information with your team.

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Event Date 10-10-2018 9:00am
Event End Date 10-10-2018 2:00pm
Capacity 24
Available place 16
Individual Price $145.00
$145.00 16

Learn ways to support mentoring and coaching in your centre to promote collaboration and sharing of information within your team. Mentoring and coaching in the workplace can have long-term benefits as team members become more self-directed and develop stronger skills with better communication and problem-solving, which can lead to a stronger organisation. In this workshop we explore the differences, and the skills and qualities required to be a coach and a mentor.

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Event Date 22-10-2018 8:30am
Event End Date 22-10-2018 1:30pm
Capacity 24
Available place 20
Individual Price AUD195.00
AUD195.00 20

Leaders are encouraged to work towards a place where ongoing support and working towards improved performance are the important focus of the performance management cycle. In this workshop we will look at managing people performance effectively, looking at how to:

  • undertake effective, holistic performance appraisals
  • provide regular, relevant and constructive feedback
  • manage performance after performance issues have been identified

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Event Date 19-11-2018 8:30am
Event End Date 19-11-2018 1:30pm
Capacity 24
Available place 13
Individual Price $195.00
$195.00 13