SRF Program

  • PebbleTime

    VEYLDF Alignment

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

    ​Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes. 


    ​PebbleTime is a specialised training for early childhood educators delivered through three programs, known as ‘pebbles’: drama, music, and a scaffolded 10-week social skills program. It is based upon precepts of the Play and Learning Strategies (PALS) and aims to improve educators’ capacity to support children’s learning and development. PebbleTime is presented in such a way that it has a rippling effect. Once the program content is presented to educators (the primary audience), they take this knowledge back to their individual groups of learners, which then ripples through to curriculum content and knowledge sharing with families.

    PebbleTime can be delivered as workshops for educators out of hours, or as centre-based ‘pebble drops’, which are group ‘mat time’ experiences presented to children and educators during session time.

    There are four services available:

    1. Music and drama workshop: 2-hour workshop for up to 20 participants
    2. Social skills workshop: three x 2-hour workshops for up to 20 participants
    3. Centre-based ‘pebble drop’ for music and drama: 1-hour session
    4. Centre-based ‘pebble drop’ for social skills: 1–2-hour session, delivered over a 10-week period

    Detailed Costs

    ​Music and drama workshops (2-hour sessions): $500 (excluding GST) for up to 20 participants. 

    Social skills workshop (three x 2-hour sessions): $1500 (excluding GST) for up to 20 participants.

    Centre-based ‘pebble drop’ for music and drama (1-hour): $10 per child, $25 per educator (excluding GST).

    Centre-based ‘pebble drop’ for social skills: $150 per hour (excluding GST). This includes:

    • parent presentation
    • individual consultations as required
    • question and answer opportunities throughout
    • weekly information sheets
    • consolidation of ‘skill’ with children and educators
    • mentoring (where relevant)

    Travel and/or accommodation details: An additional cost of $50 per hour of travel time and $125 accommodation per night may be added for regional or rural presentations. 

    Prices include all workshop resources, participation certificate and ongoing support. Changes to payment arrangements may be made in consideration of financial circumstances and by negotiation.

    Implementation Considerations

    ​Target population: educators.  

    Program adaptability: the program can be delivered on the weekend if necessary. 

    Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Supervision/Coaching: mentoring and individual coaching can be provided as an addition, if requested.

    Australian experience: the program can be delivered across metropolitan Melbourne. Arrangements may be considered to deliver the program to rural and regional areas. 

    Tools and systems: workshops will require the organisation of a suitable venue and associated catering. Technology needs will include audio-visual and internet connections for PowerPoint presentations and microphone (if necessary).

    Priority Area

    Communication (language development), Wellbeing (social and emotional)

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 3 - Promising research evidence