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.

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. 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
  • 18 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, Education and Care Mentor Elise Waghorn

Elise is a huge advocate for giving children a voice in things that directly affect them. She has a passion for play-based learning and uses a strength-based approach with coaching and mentoring. Elise believes she gets the best out of educators by recognising their individual strengths and making sure they can be incorporated within their practice. Elise is the person you want in your corner! She recognises and empathises the challenging (and wonderful) job that educators have, having worked in services previously. Elise joined Phoenix Support for educators in 2016 bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in education and care. In fact, Elise has taught over 21 units in The Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary and Masters of Early Childhood and Masters of Education. In addition to her coaching and mentoring with Phoenix support for educators Elise is a collective mentor to students in the graduate program at the University of Melbourne. She is also a PhD candidate, and her studies explore scholarly Habitus in children's lifeworld's by exploring high stakes testing and educational capital. All her workshops are theory-based, as Elise heavily researches the literature to provide as much current and peer-reviewed information as possible. Elise currently delivers a number of courses and workshops including the Holistic Infant and Toddler Development series, the Fostering Children’s Wellbeing series, the Protecting Children’s Rights educator training bundle, the Educators' Toolkit for Behaviour workshop, and the Documenting to Discover workshop. She loves developing content-specific information for individual services to meet their needs.


  • 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.