Priority area: Communication

Coaching for early childhood educators with a focus on communication and children's behaviour

Oral language development is a key marker when discussing school readiness and is a foundation for future literacy skills. 

Children’s ability to articulate their feelings and emotions is also fundamental when considering the holistic elements of ‘readiness’. 

But how can we as educators best understand the ways in which children are using all tools at their disposal to communicate their wants and needs as well as feelings and emotions, if they don’t yet have the vocabulary? 

 Join Dr Louise Porter and Sandi Phoenix to delve into the world of behaviour as communication of unmet needs.


In this bundle you will...

  • Explore the ways in which communication manifests in Early Childhood primarily as behaviour

  • Consider how to best support children’s communication through developing an understanding of their individual psychological motivators

  • Develop communication skills as a practitioner to support children to thrive in their transition to school

  • Unpack real life examples of children’s use of behaviour as communication and transfer applicable skills to your own practice

Coaching bundle inclusions

Our packages include live webinar sessions, phone & email support, and a whole bunch of bonus extras...

  • Monthly webinars

    Regular coaching around communication and behaviour with psychologist, Dr Louise Porter, or Sandi Phoenix. Catch up with a community of like-minded educators and teachers. Together you'll set goals, discuss ideas, reflect and gain feedback. *

  • Professional learning notebook

    Download your own beautifully designed professional learning notebook to document and track your progress. You'll also find loads more PDF downloads inside your login. **

  • Personal coaching calls & emails

    Your coaches are on call. You can contact us any time throughout the year to make a 1:1 phone booking with your key coach. ***

Your coaches

This program is lead by Dr Louise Porter and Sandi Phoenix, who will oversee a team of three other coaches. You'll be assigned a 'key coach' who will be your point of contact all year, they will be in the monthly webinars. Webinar coaching sessions will be facilitated by Dr Louise Porter.

PhD, MA(Hons), MGiftedEd, DipEd, BA, BIntStuds Child Psychologist

Dr Louise Porter

Dr Louise Porter, PhD, MA(Hons), MGiftedEd, DipEd, BA, BIntStuds, Child Psychologist is passionate about safeguarding children’s self-esteem, promoting their social skills, and supporting their resilience in the face of the challenges that life often raises. Louise advocates for teaching children to behave considerately, being mindful of how their behaviour affects others, rather than what consequences it may earn them. She has taught at university, conducted a private practice for 30 years, and worked in both mainstream and disability agencies and schools. She is an outstanding author of some of the best texts in the world on the topic of guidance. Louise is a popular speaker throughout Australia and internationally.

Principal Facilitator

Sandi Phoenix

Sandi is the founding company director and Principal Facilitator at Phoenix Support. Her framework, The Phoenix Cups, have revolutionised how staff not only work with children’s behaviour, but how teams view each other’s behaviour. The approach provides a framework of how to understand and respond positively to differences and conflict. The Phoenix Cups adds a new perspective to understanding each other and learning to work and live in harmony together.

Time commitment? Looks great! But how much time will I need?

The answer is a grand total of 24.5 hours per person across the year

  • Masterclass

    We suggest doing this self paced course within 4 consecutive weeks. It will need to be completed by the end of March. Videos (4.5 hours), reading (1 hour), Live Panel with Sandi and Louise (1 hour) Total: 6.5 hours

  • Coaching sessions

    These live online coaching and mentoring sessions are scheduled for 30 minutes each month from Jan-Dec. We suggest planning to attend most of these. Total: 6 hours

  • Reflecting and researching

    We suggest planning time to write reflections, research, plan and document for at least 1 hour per month. Total: 12 hours

Want more?

We have a coaching bundle for each priority area - or why not get all three in the Complete School Readiness Coaching Package

Sign up today - start later

Book your coaching package for 2021 today. The full package for the year is $1000 per educator. If you need multiple registrations for the same centre, contact us for a bulk buy discount code.

The fine print

A little more info if you need it...

* Webinar coaching sessions will be scheduled for a similar date / time each month. Sessions will be live and will not be recorded. We recommend attending at least 6 of these throughout your package but you are welcome to join every month.

** Professional learning notebook gifted by ESRE . Other downloads, handouts, and readings are developed by Dr Louise Porter and Sandi Phoenix.

*** You are entitled to a 1:1 coaching call per term, with a maximum of four phone calls. Additional calls can be purchased at an additional cost throughout the year. You can also book a face to face, on-site coaching day with your key coach at an additional cost. These are subject to availability, so we recommend booking early.