SRF Program

  • Beyond Readiness

    VEYLDF Alignment

    ​Item uses these practice principles: Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity, Partnerships with professionals.

    ​Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

    Description

    Beyond Readiness is a suite of workshops and webinars that target the three priority areas. The purpose is to support educators and families to provide quality experiences for children. Services have the option to choose one or more of the workshops or webinars and previous participants are encouraged to reapply to continue their experience.

    Each workshop is facilitated by at least two professionals experienced in early years education and the webinars are presented by post graduate qualified presenters currently working the field.

    Workshops

    Services choose: the workshop, the delivery option and the participants (educators and/or families). The content and approach to each workshop will be tailored according to who participates.

    • Program/Workshop 1: Wellbeing, engaging in expressive arts

    • Program/Workshop 2: Communication, focus on storytelling and conversation

    • Program/Workshop 3: Access and Inclusion, exploring multiple identities

    • Program/Workshop 4: All – Creating a Community of learners

    The workshops invite participants to engage in a range of experiences to gain new insights and ideas. These experiences can be adapted to use with children providing additional teaching strategies and tools. Workshop content is developed in consultation with participants allowing the facilitators to respond to unique contexts, challenges and concerns.

    Participants will have the chance to look back over workshop content be receiving digitally designed post-workshop documentation. This includes a summary of key learnings and concepts and will provide participants the opportunity to solidify their understanding of what was covered during the session and it's application to practice.

    Delivery Options:

    • Onsite (COVID-19 restrictions permitting) to all regions of Victoria.
    • Online via Zoom

    Webinars

    Each webinar package is 60 minutes in duration, delivered in 20 minutes parts. Topics include:

    • Communication: language development, literacy rich environments, and oral and written story telling

    • Wellbeing: trauma informed response, creating belonging for educators, children and families, and active listening to inform practice

    • Access and inclusion: exploring identities through connection to story, engaging and sustained conversations around difference and privilege, how do we know the children we work with?

    • Communities of practice/leadership: connecting with people's strengths, passions and interests, exploring definitions and models of leadership, creating and sustaining connected communities

    Delivery options:

    Webinars are available online. A calendar of events will be published at the start of the year, and educators can watch live online or access the link in their own time. Webinars are designed to be accessible and affordable, including practical ideas for immediate implementation. Participants are encouraged to contact the Beyond Readiness Team with questions or areas of interest prior to the event.

    Detailed Costs

    Costs are exclusive of GST

    The cost per workshop is $3,000 (excl. GST) delivery options include onsite and/or online. Kindergartens can nominate preferred days and times for delivery to minimise backfill costs.

    Each workshop has flexible delivery options. Services can choose from:

    • a two-day program
    • three four-hour sessions
    • four three-hour sessions
    • follow-up support via phone, email or Zoom.

    The maximum number of participants in a workshop at this cost is 25. 

    Numbers above 25 attract an additional charge of $75 per person to support the need for additional facilitators.

    Additional costs are incurred for travel to rural and regional areas as follows:

    • accommodation charged at $200 per person per night
    • travel charged at $0.78 per km per person
    • incidentals charged at $80 per person per day.

    Each webinar package is $135 (excl. GST), for a 60 minute webinar, delivered in 20 minute parts.

    Ongoing mentoring support is offered at $150 per hour and can be selected as a stand-alone service or added to compliment workshop and webinar participation.

    Implementation Considerations

    ​Target population: educators, families, educators and families together.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: program is delivered as a workshop or webinar, with the inclusion of techniques such as storytelling, expressive arts, play, conversations and discussions.

    The cost of the workshop includes 12 hours of face-to-face professional learning and four hours of follow-up mentoring and implementation support to ensure new learnings and ideas become embedded in the kindergarten program.

    Program adaptability: workshops are carefully facilitated to draw on the experience of participants, allowing time to explore individual learning needs and interests. Participants build awareness of their learning style, alternative teaching environments and early childhood teaching techniques. The maximum number of participants is 25. MentorMore do not have a minimum number of participants, however services in the same region are encouraged to coordinate dates for their professional learning which enhances collaboration.

    Training requirements: Participants are not required to have prior knowledge. Workshops are delivered to individuals and groups, there are no minimum or maximum number requirements. 

    Tools and systems: Accessing workshops online via Zoom requires a laptop, PC or smart phone and the Zoom application. 

    Priority Area

    Communication, Wellbeing (social and emotional), Access and inclusion

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 6 – Supported by expert opinion