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Welcome to the Infant Sleep eLearning Program. This program is designed for health professionals and parents to help babies aged six months and older learn to sleep during the day and overnight. Research tells us that over a third of babies experience problems settling to sleep at the start of the night or waking overnight, or both. This can have a big impact on the parents and other siblings. At the Centre for Community Child Health, we have overseen a decade-long research program to help babies settle to sleep. Through a series of high quality trials and face-to-face training programs, we have tested a number of techniques that are safe and effective to use in babies aged six months or older. This program will teach you about these techniques and provide you with materials to support you and the parents you see during these often challenging times. Read more

This course aligns with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Laying the Foundations is an eLearning course that provides an overview of early childhood learning and development from 0-8 years, with a clear focus on the dynamic interaction between child health, learning, development and wellbeing.   The content of the course is informed by the science of early brain development, current research and practice-based evidence; and provides multiple interactive learning opportunities with current information and resources about young children and their families. Multi-media elements, case studies, guided discussion points and skills-based activities are embedded throughout the modules. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their practice, and review how they support children and families through practice questions and exercises.   Laying the Foundations consists of five modules. Each module takes between 20-40 minutes to complete with access provided for 12 months. A bookmark feature allows you to save and exit a module as needed and return where you left off. The five modules are: Module 1 : Introduction to child learning and development – current perspectives on child health, learning, development and wellbeing. Module 2 : More about child learning and development – Factors that impact on child health, learning, development and wellbeing, and parent wellbeing and family functioning. Module 3 : Prenatal to three years – becoming curious about people and the world around them. Module 4 : Three to five years – participating in an expanding social world. Module 5 : Five to eight years - towards greater independence.   Laying the Foundations aligns with current early years quality frameworks, comprising: National Quality Standard and Framework Principles, practice and outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Outcomes and practice principles of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework  (VEYLDF) Framework for School Read more

Laying the Foundations is an eLearning course that provides an overview of early childhood learning and development from 0-8 years, with a clear focus on the dynamic interaction between child health, learning, development and wellbeing. Laying the Foundations aligns with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) which describes the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children's learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. The framework is a key component of the National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care.  The content of the course is informed by the science of early brain development, current research and practice-based evidence; and provides multiple interactive learning opportunities with current information and resources about young children and their families. Multi-media elements, case studies, guided discussion points and skills-based activities are embedded throughout the modules. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their practice, and review how they support children and families through practice questions and exercises. Laying the Foundations consists of five modules. Each module takes between 20-40 minutes to complete with access provided for 12 months. A bookmark feature allows you to save and exit a module as needed and return where you left off.  The five modules are: Module 1:  Introduction to child learning and development – current perspectives on child health, learning, development and wellbeing. Module 2:  More about child learning and development – Factors that impact on child health, learning, development and wellbeing, and parent wellbeing and family functioning. Module 3:  Prenatal to three years – becoming curious about people and the world around them. Module 4:  Three to five years – participating in an expanding social world. Module 5:  Five to eight years - towards greater independence.   Laying the Foundations aligns with current early years quality frameworks, comprising: National Quality Standard and Framework Principles, practice and outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Framework for School Read more

Did you know that one in five Australian children start school behind in language and communication? Let’s Read is a national early literacy initiative promoting reading with children from birth to five years. Let’s Read was developed by the Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and The Royal Children’s Hospital. The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) and The Smith Family (TSF) have partnered to implement Let’s Read with communities across Australia. Enrol in the Let’s Read eLearning Course, a 2013 eLearning Award finalist, and help the children you work with to take full advantage of social and learning opportunities for life. Read more

This course provides an introduction to developmental screening and developmental screening tools. Many practitioners who work with young children and their families have extensive knowledge of developmental screening. For others this topic will be new. However, this is important information for all practitioners as it underpins much of your work. Early detection of developmental concerns, through the use of developmental screening tools, is essential to making a difference to the health and wellbeing outcomes of children. The earlier the intervention to treat developmental concerns the more likely the intervention will be effective. Read more

  Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status — Revised (PEDS-R®) – PEDS-R® is a surveillance and screening tool, for children 0 to 8 years, that elicits and addresses, with evidence-based support, parents’ concerns about development, behaviour and mental health. PEDS-R® saves time, PEDS® has been revised to improve the ability of all parents to raise concerns — not only in the domains PEDS® currently probes: expressive/receptive language, gross/fine motor, behavior, self-help, school and social skills, but also in global/cognitive and other issues including psychosocial challenges and health problems. PEDS® depended on parents to spontaneously share their worries without prompting. Parents with limited education and/or difficulty speaking English tended not to volunteer concerns about global/cognitive and other/health issues. To address this challenge, PEDS-R® adds two questions that prompt for global/cognitive and health concerns.  PEDS-R® is based on decades of research on PEDS (Glascoe, 2013) plus 20 years of research on Survey PEDS® – an interview protocol used by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine disability prevalence and how well health care providers meet families’ needs (CDC, 2021). Read more

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