Delivered by the Department in partnership with Deakin University, the free online professional learning program recognises that children starting school in 2021 may have a greater diversity of learning needs due to impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The program aims to optimise opportunities for play-based teaching and learning in the early years of school and develop and strengthen teachers' knowledge and understandings of the role of play and inquiry in children's lives and learning.
The multi-faceted program includes online modules, webinars, an online community of practice and a resource bank to support implementation of appropriate curriculum design and pedagogical approaches.
The program - available throughout 2021
The professional learning is designed to provide flexibility for participants to engage with relevant parts of the program to meet their learning needs at a time convenient for them and adopts an active pedagogical approach to foster interactive and collaborative engagement through four components:
Four modules that facilitate interactive online learning, with directions for practical application of knowledge in the classroom.
Four webinars that link to each module to deepen knowledge and allow participants to interact with a panel of experts/key stakeholders to facilitate collaborative learning. Participants can attend the webinar live, or it will be recorded and available to be viewed at another time.
Online Group will be created where conversations about embedding a play-based, inquiry learning approach can occur. This will allow for the development of a community of practice for the program participants, where practice implementation experiences can be shared, discussed and strengthened.
Resource Bank to inform learning and practice with links to websites for further resources and advice.
Please note, participants can register for this program throughout the year and will be able to access the modules at any time.