Live Training and Events

Please be advised that we have a strict cancellation policy.
Cancellations must be received in writing (email to bookings@inspiredec.com) at least 14 days prior to the event and attendees will receive a refund (less $20 administration fee).

Cancellations within 14 days of the event or attendees who fail to attend the event will be charged in full. Please be advised that should you be unable to attend, you are more than welcome to send another attendee in your place. Inspired EC reserve the right to postpone or cancel any event or training due to presenter cancellations, venue issues or numbers registered.

Inspired EC will offer you alternative dates and if these are not suitable, a refund or credit note will be given.

Seeing the Magic in the Moment: Programming for Babies

January 28, 2021

So often we hear educators say “programming for babies is really difficult”.  This workshop will inspire educators to see the magic in the everyday moments in the lives of babies.
This session explores the “what is it?” element of programming for babies.

Participants will: 

Look at what the NQF Says about programming for babies
Review the basics of baby development including brain development 
Learn about the importance of play and discovery
Discuss the “magic” in the little, everyday moments of babies

Supporting & Extending Play Using Schema Play Theory

February 10, 2021

Did you know that when children repetitively mix together paints, dump toys, swipe toys off of tabletops and hide under tables, they are giving you important clues about how they are exploring the world and how you can support those explorations? I didn’t—until I discovered schema play theory.

Attendees will:
Understand how to facilitate learning in young children
Identify types of learning across content areas
Advocate for developmentally appropriate practices

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D.I.Y. Early Learning

February 17, 2021

Based on our books, Do It Yourself Early Learning and Everyday Early Learning, this session takes a hands-on look at dozens of ideas for using materials from your local home center, grocery store, big box store, dollar store, or recycling bin to promote child-directed play, exploration, discovery, and learning.

Attendees will:
Acquire simple ideas for supporting child-led play
Understand why children are drawn to play with everyday items
Better understand the concept of loose parts

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Thinking With The Body

March 10, 2021

Young children explore the world through physical interaction. Their explorations turn into intentional engagement which allows them to acquire knowledge. Learn to appreciate the way children learn when they engage boisterous, whole body play.

Attendees will:
Identify the process that allows children learn about the world through whole body interactions.
Evaluate your learning environment to allow for physical inquiry.

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The Seven Stages of Block Play

March 17, 2021

Nearly 100 years ago a pioneering early learning caregiver and researcher observed 7 distinct stages of play children progress through as they engage with blocks. This session takes a look at that researcher, the stages she observed, and what you can do to better support children and the move through each stage.

Attendees will:
Learn about Harriet Johnson and her contributions to early learning.
Understand the 7 stages of block play.
Leave with ideas for supporting play in each of the 7 stages.

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Baby Steps: Moving from Themes to Child Centered Lesson Planning

April 7, 2021

Many of us believe that child led, child centered programming is developmentally appropriate practice, but feel constraints from our regulations, program expectations and customer requests. How can we begin to move in a more appropriate, more fulfilling direction?

Attendees will:

Understand how to plan appropriate environments and activities for young children.
Identify ways to communicate with families regarding their child's learning.
Understand teacher's role in supporting playful learning.

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Simple Machines In The Preschool Classroom

April 21, 2021

This session looks at supporting play and STEM learning with the six classic simple machines (ramps, wedges, levers, screws, pulleys, and the wheel and axle). We’ll provide an overview of these machines, offer ideas for supporting play with them in your preschool classroom, and discuss why kids should have hands-on self-directed experiences with them.

Attendees will:
Learn about the six classic simple machines.
Understand that STEM experiences should be hands-on and child-led.
Acquire ideas for supporting play with the six classic simple machines.

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Diversity: It Is More Than Flesh Colored Markers

May 12, 2021

How can stereotypes influence classroom practices? How do you recognize biases? Are there developmental stages of children's understanding of race and/or culture?
Many individuals who work with young children assume that posters, books, and markers promote diversity. This presentation demonstrates how developing a philosophy that celebrates differences supports diversity.


Attendees will:
Discuss diversity in early learning settings.
Learn how celebrating differences supports diversity.

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Setting Up A Process-Focused Craft Center

May 19, 2021

This session looks at establishing a space for child-led, process-focused creation and creativity. We’ll look at what to include in your creative space, setup suggestions, managing the mess, keeping everyone safe, and more. We’ll also dig in to why process-focused creation spaces like this are more child-friendly and learning-rich than product-focused alternatives.

Attendees will:
Collect ideas for setting up a process-focused craft center.
Learn ideas for managing the creative space.
Acquire a deeper appreciation for Process in children’s creative projects.

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Interrupting Play: How to Break the Habit

June 09, 2021

If play is good, why do we stop it so much? Dive into ways well-meaning adults arrange the day that deprives children of play. We’ll look at signs of a true play-based program, examine needs for time and space, and identify areas in your day where you can give play a boost. Heather Shumaker, author of the classic book IT’S OK NOT TO SHARE, offers ideas to free up “free play."

Attendees will:
Examine benefits of large blocks of play time.
Discover three basic questions to ask before stopping/ controlling play.
Identify common adult habits (including schedules) that impact free play.

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Reimagining Your Dramatic Play Space

December 15, 2021

Dramatic play is often confined to a classroom corner with a table, a kitchen set, some plastic food, and a few baby dolls. Such setups are fine, but dramatic play can be so much more. This session highlights ways to reimagine and support vibrant dramatic play spaces. We’ll dig into ways to create reinvigorated, child-led, creative dramatic play spaces full of loose parts, imagination, and learning.

Attendees will:
Acquire ideas for making dramatic play more child-led.
Understand the value of a more flexible dramatic play space.
Understand how changing up their dramatic play space can improve play and learning.

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DIY Block Ideas

November 24, 2021

This session offers up lots of ideas for inexpensive do it yourself blocks made from simple, affordable, and readily available materials. We also discuss the value of child involvement in making blocks and how DIY blocks spice up traditional block play spaces.

Attendees will:
Leave with lots of ideas for blocks they can make with and for children.
Understand the value of involving children in making these blocks.
Understand how DIY blocks add interest and novelty to block play.

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Using Tools With Kids

October 13, 2021

Using tools makes kids feel, strong, capable, confident, and powerful. This session looks at setting up learning-rich and safe tool use experiences for young children. We also offer tips to help adult who feel intimidated by tools get more comfortable with them so they can better support tool wielding kids.

Attendees will:
Acquire ideas for setting up tool use experiences for young children.
Understand the benefits of supporting children’s tool use.
Gain confidence in their abilities to use tools and support children’s use of tools.

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(Don't) Sit Still

October 06, 2021

Children learn more when they are moving, but teachers worry about losing control. Discover how to actively engage children in your classroom while maintaining a positive, pro-social environment.

Attendees will:
Critique classroom rules.
Adapt activities to allow more freedom of movement.

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Getting Comfortable With Risky Play

September 22, 2021

While research is clear on the value of children taking reasonable risks as they play and explore the world, many adults are uncomfortable with such play and exploration. This session offers adults a chance to gain a deeper understand of risky play’s value, reflect on their own feelings about such play, and see how risk-taking supports learning.

Attendees will:
Reflect on their feelings and experiences with risky play.
Understand what children learn from risk-taking.
Become familiar with types of risky play..

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Children As Authors: Supporting Storytelling In The Classroom

September 08, 2021

Observe children at play and you'll quickly see they are natural storytellers. Small dramas constantly evolve as blocks become cars, boxes become mountains, and children become superheroes. This session will explore how childcare providers can enhance the imaginative stories already taking place through dramatic play, nursery rhymes, oral storytelling, and writing class books.

Attendees will:
Learn how to support and engage children in retelling nursery rhymes and classic stories through dramatic play.
Encourage students to create and record their own stories.

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Managing Mud Play

August 18, 2021

Slimy, sticky, dirty, gooey mud play is so messy…and so fun and learning rich. This session looks at why adults shouldn’t shy away from offering it up as a regular part of the curriculum. We focus on the magnificence of mud play–setting it up, supporting it, and understanding all the learning it offers.

Attendees will:
Gain practical ideas for setting up and managing mud play.
Understand the learning that takes place during mud and related messy hands-on sensory play.
Learn why such play shouldn’t just be a once in a while activity.

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Behaviour Charts

August 11, 2021

We can do better than behaviour charts. If you find you’re resorting to a behaviour chart to keep control, this session is for you. Learn the limits of behaviour charts, how they hurt kids, and what works better and matches child development. Heather Shumaker (author of IT’S OK NOT TO SHARE and IT’S OK TO GO UP THE SLIDE) walks you through reasons where behaviour charts fall short and offers a new look at group time.


Attendees will:
Evaluate impacts of public shaming.
Gain ideas to balance needs of group and individual.
Understand elements of a partnership-based behaviour contract.

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Establishing A Tinkering Space

July 21, 2021

This session looks at setting up a creative space for kids to tinker, create, muck about, and build with loose parts. Whether they’re building spaceships, zombie traps, or the worlds tallest cardboard box tower, such play offers a learning rich creative outlet.

Attendees will:
Collect ideas for setting up a tinkering space.
Learn ideas for managing the tinkering space.
Acquire a deeper appreciation for the value of fiddling around with odds, ends, bits, and pieces.

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Supporting Children Who Take You To The End Of Your Rope

July 07, 2021

Challenging behaviours of children are often the most common discussions that occur between professionals in early childhood settings. Are you an adult who is working with a child who takes you to the end of your rope? If you are, this presentation is for you. You will increase your awareness of why challenging behaviours occur and learn strategies that will assist in preventing those behaviours.

Attendees will:
Increase awareness of why challenging behaviours occur.
Learn strategies to reduce those behaviours.

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For any additional enquires, please email us – bookings@inspiredec.com or phone our office on (02)49478112 between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday Please be advised that we have a strict 30 day cancellation policy. Cancellations must be received in writing (email to bookings@inspiredec.com) at least 30 days prior to the event and attendees will receive a refund (less $20 administration fee). Cancellations within 30 days of the event or attendees who fail to attend the event will be charged in full. Please be advised that should you be unable to attend, you are more than welcome to send another attendee in your place. Inspired EC reserve the right to postpone or cancel any event or training due to presenter cancellations, venue issues or insufficient numbers registered. Inspired EC will offer you alternative dates and if these are not suitable, a refund will be given. In the instance of Bespoke events, the 20% deposit paid by organisations upon booking the training, is non-refundable.