SRF Program

  • A Developing Brain: Supporting Whole Child Development

    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, Assessment for learning and development, Integrated teaching and learning approaches. 

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


    ​A Developing Brain: Supporting Whole Child Development is a group training program for early childhood professionals. The program provides educators with an understanding of neurodevelopment and its influence on behaviour, learning, regulation, and social and emotional development. Neuroscientific theory as it relates to child development will be translated into accessible, practical language, insights and strategies. The program also aims to help early childhood professionals translate this knowledge of neurodevelopment into practice and use strategies to support the growth and development of children.

    The training will be presented face-to-face as a half day group training workshop (three hours duration). Participants can enrol in a public workshop or an in-house training for a whole service. Participants will receive a copy of the ‘Dear Kids, Love From Your Brain’ book, lesson plan and certificate of completion. To ensure a reflective practice approach and the opportunity for participants to further discuss the practical application of the training in their own professional context, participants will have the opportunity to participate in one follow-up group-based online consultation (duration of 1 hour).

    Scheduled workshops for 2023

    Term 1

    A DEVELOPING BRAIN Dandenong, 1 March 2023

    A DEVELOPING BRAIN Melbourne, 28 February 2023

    A DEVELOPING BRAIN Geelong, 2 March 2023

    Term 2

    A DEVELOPING BRAIN Albury/ Wodonga, 5 June 2023

    A DEVELOPING BRAIN Shepparton, 6 June 2023

    A DEVELOPING BRAIN Bendigo, 8 June 2023

    Term 3

    A DEVELOPING BRAIN Traralgon, 31 July 2023

    A DEVELOPING BRAIN Frankston, 1 August 2023

    A DEVELOPING BRAIN Melbourne, 2 August 2023

    Term 4

    A DEVELOPING BRAIN Melbourne, 24 October 2023

    2024 Term 1 dates now available

    A DEVELOPING BRAIN Melbourne, 27 February 2024

    A DEVELOPING BRAIN Frankston, 28 February 2024

    A DEVELOPING BRAIN Dandenong, 29 February 2024

    A DEVELOPING BRAIN Geelong, 1 March 2024

    Detailed Costs

    ​'A Developing Brain’ public workshop: $209 per person (incl. GST). Price includes, catering, a copy of the ‘Dear Kids, Love From Your Brain’ book, lesson plan, certificate of completion, and one hour of post workshop group coaching via Zoom 

    In-house training: $4000 (excl. GST) for a maximum of 25 participants. Additional staff can be accommodated at a rate of $120 per person up to a maximum of 50 participants. 

    Price includes a copy of the ‘Dear Kids, Love From Your Brain’ book, lesson plan, certificate of completion, one hour of post workshop group coaching via Zoom

    Additional costs for trainer’s travel and accommodation. Contact the provider directly to discuss this option. 

    Implementation Considerations

    ​Target population: early childhood educators.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: the workshop is conducted face-to-face. Participants can enrol in a public workshop or an in-house training for the whole early childhood service. 

    Program adaptability: the training provider can deliver training across all four terms and add additional dates are required.

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

    Supervision/Coaching: a compulsory one-hour follow-up online consultation is provided to discuss implementation of practices based on learnings, and any challenges to that implementation.

    Priority Area

    Wellbeing (social and emotional)

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 5 - Foundational research evidence