School readiness coaching

For Australian early childhood educators in Victoria

Our coaches are trained in solution focused, strength based coaching methods. We have a collective 147 years experience in the education and care sector.

Our packages are designed especially for educators within Victoria to foster outcomes necessary for school readiness in Kindergartens.

Each of the three 'coaching' packages addresses a different priority area; Wellbeing, Communication, Access & inclusion - and includes monthly online coaching and mentoring webinars, discussion forums, downloadable resources, and 1:1 coaching.

Our packages incorporate the following practices and principles

  • VEYLDF Outcomes

    Our programs consider the fact that every child takes a unique path toward achieving the five outcomes, and that children will require different levels of support. The packages support the implementation of quality play-based kindergartens.

  • Children as citizens

    Our facilitators draw upon the UN convention on the rights of the child, and the rights of persons with a disability. They recognise all children as rights holders, capable of participating in their social worlds through their relationship with others .

  • Reflective Practice

    Participants engage in reflective practice throughout the program and are encouraged to collaborate with other professionals via discussion forums.

  • High expectations for every child

    Educators will be encouraged to reflect and evaluate current professional beliefs, values and practices and exploring the potential of having behaviour guidance principles which promote high expectations for children (regardless of their personal judgement and opinion of the child and their family background).

  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement

    By building strong connection with children and their families, educators will be able to develop behavioural expectations that are fair and respectful to each child.

  • Equity and diversity

    Educators will be encouraged to view responses to children’s behaviour as equitable versus equal. Fairness, equity, and inclusion themes are evident throughout our packages. This program considers the unique familial and community context of all children, as well as the individual capabilities and needs of children and families.

  • Assessment for learning and development

    Assessment tools in the packages encourage educators to gather information about the child’s wellbeing, strengths and interests and relationships and also to capture and gather documentation around a child’s behaviour, paying particular attention to any learning needs the student may have which is associated to an underlying and unmet need.

  • Integrated teaching and learning approaches

    The tools within this package will ensure that educators are integrating teaching and learning approaches to support the inclusion and access for children at their service.

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

The answer is a grand total of 30 hours per person per year (2.5 hours per month)

  • Self-paced course work

    The course work is self-paced, however, it will all be required to be completed by April. You have access to 4 awesome courses to work through at your own pace. Total : 18 hours

  • Coaching sessions

    These live online coaching and mentoring sessions are scheduled for 30 minutes per priority area per month from Jan-Dec. The sessions will be with various coaches over the course of a 2 hour coaching period scheduled each month. We suggest planning to attend at least half of these but you can attend as many as you like. Total : 12 hours

  • Reflecting and researching

    We suggest planning time to write reflections, research, plan and document each month. You decide what this time commitment will be and add it to your plan.

Evidence base

Our programs are supported by research, evidence and theoretical underpinning

Our programs consider educators approaches to children’s behavioural and social learning via the lens of various paradigms of education. Our facilitators will draw on The Phoenix Cups framework and Behaviour Guidance approach that encourages educators to shift from a paradigm influenced by Behaviourism toward one of humanism building on the works of Rogers and Maslow, Choice theory, guidance practitioners, and positive psychology. Our principal facilitator is Sandi Phoenix B.Psych.Sc , and our psychologist in residences is Dr Louise Porter PhD, MA(Hons), MGiftedEd, DipEd, BA, BIntStuds, Child Psychologist. The primary research basis of the course is Louise’s doctoral studies (University of South Australia 2000). The research was a qualitative study of caregivers’ behaviour management practices with young children. More about Louise’s research can be found here

Too much? If you're looking for a smaller bundle...

The Complete School Readiness Coaching Package can be broken down into three smaller parts. We have a coaching bundle for each priority area.Coaching Package

Sign up today - start later

Book your complete coaching package for 2021 today for $3000 per educator for the year. 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, Christopher Phoenix, Sandi Phoenix and the team at Phoenix Support.

*** In this 'complete package' You are entitled to a 1:1 coaching call per month, with a maximum of 12 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 per day cost. These are subject to availability, so we recommend booking early.