A four part course for early childhood educators

Join Dr Louise Porter for a series of live webinars

Understanding children's development is paramount to effective planning for children's wellbeing and learning in early years settings. This four part series designed for early childhood educators will cover content around intellectual, language, gross and fine motor, sensory, social and emotional development. 

Intellectual development

With special focus on identifying autism spectrum traits

Intellectual development underpins many child behaviours, such as imitating the play (both prosocial and antisocial) of peers; being able to share; daytime naps; toilet learning; and attention skills, to name but a few. This session will examine key intellectual skills for infants and children from birth to five years of age, noting their implications for children’s behaviours.

Language Development

With special focus on identifying language delays

This session will outline the major milestones for talking and their implications for other developmental domains such as play and self-regulation. It will cover the different amounts of exposure to language across social classes, with (by five years of age) a 40-million word deficit in disadvantaged children compared to the children of professional parents. It will outline how educators can stimulate children’s language development, particularly for those who are disadvantaged.

Gross and fine motor development

With special focus on sensory integration difficulties

Children are built to move and, given that movement uses both sides of the brain, it is the best preparation for learning to read, which similarly requires the use of both hemispheres of the brain. Thus, the importance of movement will be emphasised. Fine motor (hand) control is also vital, while seating position when using the hands is fundamental to success.

Social and emotional development

With special focus on identifying and supporting giftedness

Children’s emotions are more intense than adults and as babies they must communicate everything that they feel, in order to receive the care they need to stay alive. But by middle childhood, they need to have learned how to regulate their emotions. Learning to do so is the main emotional task of the early childhood years.

Bonus material

This course series comes complete with live webinars, recorded playback options, and downloadable content

  • Live webinars and discussions

    You will have the opportunity to hear the content directly from Dr Louise Porter via 4 x 1 hour live webinars. Webinar recordings will be available to watch as a play back for one week after the live event.

  • Resources

    You will have access to downloadable PDF content material.

  • Professional Learning Notebook

    Take all your notes on the Professional Learning Notebook provided as a complimentary download from 'Reflections of an Educator'.

Course curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Intellectual Development

    • What is intellectual development?

    • Live Webinar - Intellectual Development with Dr Louise Porter Tues 6th July

  • 3

    Language Development

    • What is language development

    • Live Webinar - Language Development with Dr Louise Porter Tues 13th July

  • 4

    Gross and fine motor development

    • What is gross and fine motor development?

    • Live Webinar - Gross and fine motor development with Dr Louise Porter Tues 20th July

  • 5

    Social and emotional development

    • What is social and emotional development?

    • Live Webinar - Social and emotional development with Dr Louise Porter Tues 27th July

  • 6


    • Child development: the first year

    • Child development: 1-2 years

    • Child development: 2-3 years

    • Child development: 3-4 years

    • Child development: 4-5 years

    • Developmental milestones

    • Autism spectrum disorders

    • Facilitating language development

    • Sensory integration difficulties

    • Signs of gifted development

  • 7

    In conclusion...

    • Final reflection

    • Professional and personal development opportunities with Phoenix Support for Educators


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.

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