Learning Through Schematic Play

A live webinar with Elise Waghorn from Phoenix Support for Educators (recorded and available for playback)

Are you an early childhood educator  who would like to have a better understanding  of:

  • Schematic Play
  • Different types of schematic play
  • At what age does schematic play develop
  • The benefits of loose parts
  • How to support children within their play


Learn how to support infant and toddlers in schematic play

This self-pace course will enable you to have a deeper knowledge of how to support children in schematic play.

This course will give you practical strategies and more confidence to plan for  infants and toddlers within their play.

Countdown to the Webinar

The next live webinar for this course will be on 6th of July 2022 7:00pm AEST (QLD Time)

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Become an expert at planning for Schematic Play

Learn how to confidently foster infant and toddlers play

  • Responding to children's need to engage in schematic play

  • Developing holistic play experiences

  • Different types of Schema

  • Benefits of Schematic Play

  • Symbolic Play

  • Strategies to support Schematic Play

Course curriculum

    1. Live Webinar - Wednesday 6th of July 2022 7:00pm AEST

    2. Recorded Webinar - Learning Through Schematic Play

    1. What is a Schema?

    2. Piaget's Schema: How we change information to fit our brain space

    3. Toddler Play Videos

    1. Schematic Play in Early Years – What it is and different types explained

    2. A guide to schema play in toddlers

    3. Heuristic Play Materials: Unstructured play materials for infants and toddlers.

    4. Raising Children Network

    1. Schematic Play

    2. Loose Parts Poster

    1. Schematic Play Reflection

    2. Final reflection

    3. Get in touch with the team at Phoenix Support

    4. Other Professional and Personal Development Opportunities

About this course

  • $48.00
  • 20 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content

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.

  • The 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.

  • Scholarly literature

    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

You 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.

Your Facilitator

Phoenix Support for Educators

Facilitator 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.


  • Where will I find the webinar link?

    To join the webinar, just log in, click on the course and scroll down to the lesson called 'Live webinar'. Once you find the lesson all you will need to do is press the button in the centre of the page.

  • Will the webinar be recorded?

    Yes! This webinar will be recorded and uploaded to the course under the lesson titled Recorded Webinar. This will be done within a week of the live.

  • 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.