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.

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 http://louiseporter.com.au/about/

Too much?

If you don't need coaching around all three priority areas, check out our smaller bundles.

  • $1,000.00

    $1,000.00Wellbeing : You can't pour from an empty Cup - Coaching package

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  • $1,000.00

    $1,000.00Communication : Using all the tools in my toolbox - Coaching package

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  • $1,000.00

    $1,000.00Access & inclusion: Starting school on equal footing - Coaching package

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