SRF Program

  • The Pyramid Model: Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Assessment for learning and development, Integrated teaching and learning approaches, Partnerships with professionals.

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


    The Pyramid Model is designed to help educators promote high-quality social-emotional learning in children. The Pyramid Model is also designed to help educators support parents and liaise with other professionals in supporting families, as part of a positive behaviour support team. There are a wide range of educator learning options, including:

    • introductory Pyramid Model training
    • full Pyramid Model training
    • eModules
    • practice-based coaching
    • implementation training.

    Pyramid Model training and coaching if offered face-to-face and online.

    There are set dates for training as well as the capacity to schedule training and coaching to best suit your service, cluster or region. The provider can work with services and their Early Childhood Improvement Branch to help meet minimum numbers. Scheduled dates are available on our website. 

    Visit the provider's website for more information.

    Detailed Costs

    All costs include GST.

    For educators new to the Pyramid Model:

    Educator Teams Introductory Training: $550/educator team (2hrs) delivered online as 1 x 2 hour sessions. 

    Comprehensive Introductory Training: $480/person (8hrs) delivered online as 4x 2 hours sessions. This is an introduction to all tiers of the Pyramid Model.

    Full Pyramid Model Training: 28 hours in total, delivered as four full days, either:

    • Online: $1320/person
    • Face-to-face: $1540/person 

    Tier 1 & 2 Pyramid Model Training: $660/person, 12 hours in total delivered online as 4 x 3 hour sessions 

    Single Tier Training: 7 hours in total, delivered either:

    • Online: $330/person
    • Face-to-face: $385/person 

    For educators new to the Pyramid Model and those continuing their training

    Practice-based coaching or E-module learning:

    • 1.5 hour online session: $380/session/team
    • 3 hour face-to-face: $660/session/team (including observation time)

    E-modules: $77/person (the provider recommends including at least one follow-up coaching session)

    Introduction to the Pyramid Model for Families and Committees: 2 hour session delivered either:

    • Online: $380/service
    • Face-to-face: $550/service

    Only for educators continuing their training:

    Please note the prerequisite for undertaking the following training is completion of the full Pyramid Model training.

    Train the Trainer - The Pyramid Model Coaching Training: $440/person, delivered as one day training either online or face-to-face

    Train the Trainer - Teaching Pyramid Observation Tools (TPOT): $825/person, delivered as two days training face-to-face. An intensive workshop to train and certify trainers to conduct user reliability training on the TPOT™

    TPOT Assessment: $759/person, 3hrs total delivered face-to-face and includes classroom observation, educator interview and report.

    Unpacking the Pyramid Model: $770/person, 15 hours in total of training for the practical application of Pyramid Model practices.  

    Please get in touch for an individualised quotation.  We also offer discounts when our services are packaged together for example training with coaching, or E-modules with coaching.

    Please visit the provider website for further details including pricing.

    For indicative pricing on face-to-face training, including travel costs outside of metropolitan Melbourne (150km or more) please contact the provider via email or telephone.

    All workshop costs include program resources. 

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: early childhood educators.

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

    Factors to consider: The provider recommends combining coaching with training to help embed new practices acquired. Services should consider how staff may be able to share the practice knowledge obtained from this resource with others at the service. This will ensure that improved approaches to practice or innovative ideas can be implemented across the service as a whole.

    Training requirements: Generally no prerequisite knowledge for the training is needed. However, to undertake the final single tier training in intensive intervention, all three previous levels of the Pyramid Model must be complete.

    Systems and tools: reliable internet access needed.

    Priority Area

    Wellbeing (social and emotional)

    Strength of Evidence

    Level 5 - Foundational research