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Laying the Foundations for General Practitioners (GPs) RACGP QI&CPD Accredited Activity Category 2:   7 points Laying the Foundations is a new 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.  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. Read More

PEDS eLearning for General Practitioners (GPs) RACGP QI&CPD Accredited Activity Category 2:   6 points Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) (PEDS) is an evidence-based tool for detecting and addressing developmental and behavioural problems in children aged from birth to seven years and 11 months. PEDS resources include a parent completed questionnaire and practitioner completed Scoring and Interpretation forms. It is recommended that you have been using PEDS in your work with children and families for at least 6 months before attempting to complete the Advanced Practice PEDS course. Course 1 PEDS Foundation is for practitioners, both experienced and those new to PEDS. PEDS Foundation consists of four modules: Introduction to developmental screening. Understanding PEDS. Using PEDS. PEDS in practice.     This course provides an overview of developmental screening, informs practitioners of the science that underpins PEDS and provides step by step instructions on the practical application of the tool.  Key to the successful application of PEDS is parent engagement.  Throughout the course you will be encouraged to reflect on your practice and review how you support children and families. A bookmark feature allows you to exit a module when needed and start again where you left off.  Course 2 PEDS Advanced Practice This course complements Course 1 PEDS Foundation and aims to enhance your skills to review and reflect on: the latest research underpinning PEDS. your application of the tool. the depth of your child development and child behaviour knowledge. your understanding of the technical aspects of PEDS, including a review of the latest version of the PEDS forms. more case studies and other useful resources  Read More

‘Understanding sleep and safe sleep practices in early childhood education and care’ is Australia’s only evidence-based and holistic sleep eLearning for early childhood educators, leaders and managers. The sleep eLearning is perfect for professionals from all sector types including kindergarten, long daycare and family daycare. When teams complete the course for a consistent centre-wide approach, children can benefit even more. Why is the sleep eLearning essential? The sleep eLearning will help you and your team to support children of all ages to sleep well, safely. Changes were introduced in 2017 to the National Quality Framework, following the death of a five-month-old girl from SIDS in an early learning setting. Being aware of these changes, and understanding how to apply them in your setting, will help you keep the children in your care safe and well. You’ll also be equipped to help the families you work with when support or advice is needed on helping their children sleep well, safely. Children often start to experience sleep problems in the years before they start school. Studies show that up to 40 per cent of children go on to experience sleep problems in their early years of school. When you help children to get the sleep they need, they’re better able to: show interest in the world focus on what they’re doing learn how to do new things get on well with others manage their emotions behave well cope with challenges and conflict. What will you learn? You’ll learn everything you need to know about sleep in your setting including children’s sleep needs, patterns, cues, habits, settling tips and strategies, and how to ensure safe sleep policy, practice, environments and equipment under Australian frameworks, regulations and requirements. One of your teachers will be Dr Harriet Hiscock, co-director of the Unsettled Babies Clinic at The Royal Children’s Hospital and the driving force behind life-changing sleep research. Harriet and our team of sleep experts have a treasure-trove of tips to share and will guide you through three interactive modules so that you can use a holistic approach to sleep in your setting. You’ll gain a certificate of completion from The Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Early Childhood Australia that is mapped to: National Quality Standard and Framework Early Years Learning Framework Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. How is the sleep eLearning delivered? Each sleep eLearning module includes videos, interactive slides and reflective questions. You can complete the course online in just three hours (one hour per module) anytime, anywhere. On completion, you’ll have access to the materials for 12 months. You’ll also take away tip sheets tailored for professionals and families to help you make an even bigger positive impact. The sleep eLearning team. Early Childhood Australia and the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute developed this sleep eLearning in partnership, with support from the Ian Potter Foundation. Contact us For more information, reach out to Megan Keyes at +61 3 9936 6030. Read More

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