Brain Development in the Early Years - live in October 2021

A webinar with Elise Waghorn from Phoenix Support for Educators

Are you an early childhood educator who would like to have deeper knowledge around brain development and how to support it?

Did you know:

  • By the age of five a child's brain is 90% developed. 
  • Early brain development has a lasting impact of future learning
  • The quality of interactions a child has in the first five years of a life (positive or negative) helps shape how the brain develops
  • A newborn baby has all the neurons it will ever need across its life

Having this undeniable important knowledge around brain development you will be able to confidently respond to infant and toddlers behaviours.

This self-paced course will enable you to have a deeper knowledge around brain development in infant and toddlers and how to support them. 

This course will give you practical strategies and more confidence to plan for children's holistic wellbeing and play experiences, by having a deep understanding on how the brain develops. 


Develop a deeper knowledge and understanding on infant and toddlers brain development

  • Develop knowledge and understanding around brain development

  • Respond appropriately to children

  • Implement practical strategies to support infant and toddlers brain growth

  • Be empowered to make a different in your planning

Course curriculum

  1. 2
    • Live Webinar - 6:00pm AEST on Thursday 7th October 2021

    • Recorded presentation

  2. 3
    • Connection Cup Mindmap

  3. 4
    • Baby’s brain development: 0-3 months

    • Nurturing Your Child's Early Brain Development

    • Bruce Perry, Early Childhood Brain Development

  4. 5
    • Brain Development in Children

    • Early Years Brain Development

  5. 6
    • Brain Development Reflection

    • Final reflection

    • Get in touch with the team at Phoenix Support

    • Some OTHER professional and personal development opportunities with Phoenix Support for Educators

Link theory, research, and evidence to your practice and planning

This course will show you how to incorporate the following theories into your planning

  • The Phoenix Cups

    A shared language, an approach, a revolutionary framework. The Phoenix Cups is a philosophical framework that your team can use to share ideas, language, and understandings about human behaviour. This course incorporates The Connection Cup.

  • Guidance Approach

    The guidance approached is centred on the idea that children’s behaviours are driven by an attempt to meet a need. Dan Gartrell stresses that an effective learning community is one that fosters creativity through autonomy.

  • Icon & text

    Drawing on scholarly articles are highly credible sources. For authors to publish academic journals online, they are required to verify their information sources through links and citations.

Bonus material

ou will get instant access to a resource library as well as a two hour live presentation

  • Videos

    This course includes video content to provide further depth to your knowledge and understanding.

  • Downloadable PDF's

    Downloadable resources that every educator needs for understanding how to support infant and toddlers sensory development.

  • Internet resources

    Web links to key learning material and helpful educator resources.

Countdown to the Webinar

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Your Facilitator

With Elise Waghorn


Elise Waghorn

Elise Waghorn is a PhD student in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her research project is investigating the everyday lifeworlds of children in Australia and how this relates and connects to policy and educational experiences with children in Hong Kong and Singapore. Elise’s teaching has focused on the ways in which early childhood pedagogical practices influence children’s wellbeing. She has worked within the early childhood sector for 13 plus years and has a passion for making sure children's rights are listened to and respected. For the last four years Elise has worked part time as a casual academic at a university. Her role involves teaching the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary, and Masters of Education (Early Childhood and Primary). Elise started working with Phoenix Support for Educators as a part time professional development facilitator in 2016 and has an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical applications and research represented in The Phoenix Cups framework.


  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You have access to this series for 6 weeks. We estimate it will take you about 4.5 hours to complete the whole series, so we have allowed for 1.5 hour per week and an extra week for catch up for each course.

  • Will I get a certificate?

    To receive your certificate, you must click on 'Complete & Continue' on every page of the course. Once you've done this your certificate download button should come up in the top left corner of your course, where the progress bar is.