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.
Beyond Readiness is a suite of workshops 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. Each workshop is facilitated by at least 2 professionals experienced in early years education.
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
Each workshop has flexible delivery options. Services can choose from:
- a two-day program
- three half-day sessions
- six two-hour sessions
- follow-up support via phone, email or Skype.
The maximum number of participants in a workshop 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.
Ongoing mentoring support is offered at $150 per hour.
Target population: educators, families, educators and families together.
Program/practice descriptions and details: program is delivered as a workshop, 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.
Strength of Evidence
Level 6 – Supported by expert opinion