This course is specifically designed for Educators & ECTs working in kindergartens in Victoria Australia using the VEYLDF.

Self paced recorded content and short live webinars

Dr Louise Porter and Sandi Phoenix will be supporting you to understand children's behaviour and foster behavioural, social, and emotional skills. 

Join us for a powerful course to re-think and re-frame the role of teachers and educators in supporting children’s emerging social competence. This event will flex your thinking, question your knowing, and change your practice forever.

This course includes self paced and live content. It will be run throughout 2022. 

This course is listed on the School Readiness Funding Menu

What you'll get

This online course is designed to maximise your learning opportunity while fitting in with your schedule

  • Bonus content

    'Getting started content' is released in January 2022 so you have a chance to familiarise yourself with some content and the course layout. Workbooks and downloads will also be made available at this time. If you haven't yet seen it, The Jayden & Sally story video will be available for viewing.

  • Manageable chunks

    This course was recorded in front of a live audience at the beginning of 2020. The videos have been edited into approx. 30 minute sessions to allow you to work through all of the content at a manageable pace.

  • Live Q&A Panel with Dr Louise Porter & Sandi Phoenix

    You'll have the opportunity to join a 1.5 hour live Q&A Panel with Dr Louise Porter and Sandi Phoenix. Send your questions in or bring them with you on the night. This session will be recorded if you can't make it to the live.

Who is this for?

This Masterclass is specifically designed for educators working in the early childhood education and care sector in Victoria, Australia.

  • Educators

  • Teachers

  • Early years practitioners


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.


  • How much does it cost?

    This online program is $298 AUD per participant.

  • How long does the course take to complete?

    The course can be completed in one full day (approximately 7.5 hours including videos, reflection, and readings). However, you have access to the course for a full month to work through the content at your own pace.

  • If I can't make the live, can I still ask questions?

    Yes! There is a discussion feature on the course that you can use at any time. We'll make time to reply to these discussion questions each day.

  • Will I get a certificate?

    Once you've completed all of the content here, you'll be issued with a personalised downloadable participation certificate. Yay!

Program evidence overview

This program, developed by Dr Louise Porter PhD and Sandi Phoenix BPsychSc, is research and evidence based.

The over-aching theories that guide the content of BESST are self-determination theory (Chirkov & Ryan, 2001; Chirkov, Ryan, Kim, & Kaplan, 2003; Deci & Ryan, 1987; Ryan & Deci, 2000a, 200b) and Guidance theory (Gartrell, 2003, 2004; Grolnick, 2003; Grolnick, Gurland, DeCourcey, & Jacob, 2002; Hart & Hodson, 2004, 2006; Hoffman, 1960; Kohn, 1996, 1999a, 1999b, 2005; Porter, 2014, 2016a). The seminar content also draws on research findings that children are best prepared for school through a play-based program that fosters self-regulation of their emotions, behaviours and learning processes, and that these skills are more important than specific literacy and numeracy skills such as knowing the alphabet and being able to count (Piotrkowski et al., 2000).

In other words, success at making the transition to school depends on children’s social and behavioural competencies (NICHD Early Child Care Research Network 2003a) and capacity to regulate their emotions within the context of group activities (Graziano et al., 2007; Grolnick & Ryan, 1989). This ability may be particularly crucial for navigating school entry because the new learning environment and challenging academic tasks can arouse anxiety and frustration, which must be managed. In turn, teachers view well-regulated children more positively, which contributes to an improved teacher-child relationship that, in turn, also supports children’s educational engagement and attainment (Graziano, 2007; Ladd et al., 1999).

In light of this research, this seminar aims to provide early childhood educators and teachers with the tools to foster children’s self-regulation and, in turn, their readiness for school.

Register now for this powerful online event

You can purchase this course any time, for access beginning 2022.