Professional Learning

There are ample benefits to being a member with AGECS, including access to professional learning resources to help you reach 20 hours per year. This page features video, audio and text resources for learners of any style. 

Achieve 20 hours of professional learning with AGECS:

Early Childhood Teachers in Victoria are required to undertake 20 hours of professional learning to maintain registration with the Victorian Institute of Teachers. ECEC management require professional learning hours for certificate and diploma qualified educators. AGECS has resources for teachers and educators of all age groups and for all levels of experience, ranging from theoretical and conceptual to practical and hands-on. Explore our professional resources below.

AGECS provides the following professional learning (recognised by VIT):

  • Live and recorded webinars  
  • Articles
  • Access and contribution to AGECS Journal AUDAX
  • Practical resources for preschool classrooms
  • Joining committees and Council (also recognised as board experience)

Build your 20 hours by engaging with our professional learning and then:

  • Presenting at your next staff meeting (up to an additional 2 hours of professional learning)
  • Highlighting the changes or introduction of ideas that were inspired by professional learning in your program/plan (up to an additional hour of professional learning)
  • Writing an article reflecting on your practice in response to professional learning (2+ hours of professional learning)

 

Learn from the Experts

When running professional learning seminars, the AGECS Council reach out to respected experts from the field. In recent times, these seminars have been recorded and uploaded for AGECS members to access, to contribute to their registration hours of professional learning. If you have professional learning wants, or specific presenters in mind, please reach out and let us know!

Coral Campbell and Chris Speldewinde

Bush and Beach Kinder

Coral and Chris deliver this 60 minute seminar on their bush and beach kindergarten research.

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Niki Buchan

Benefit Risk Assessment

Niki delivers this seminar on the benefit risk assessment of children’s play.

 

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Benefit Risk Assessment Tool

 Nicole Downes

Keeping Children Safe

Nicole Downes delivers a 120 minute seminar on children’s safety and protection.

 

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Robyn Papworth

Play Move Improve

Robyn Papworth delivers a practical keynote address with advice for physical development activities in ECEC settings.

 

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Learn from Fellowship Recipients

Each year AGECS offers multiple Fellowship Program for Leadership and Change grants, valued up to $10,000, which help to fund professional development projects. An expectation of the Fellowship is that recipients will share their projects, as professional learning seminars, with AGECS members. These presentations are helpful for those who are considering applying for Fellowships, but they are also professional learning resources that contain information about changes or ideas you can implement in your own ECEC setting. 

Tania presents on her 2022 Reggio Emilia Study Tour with a focus on food and cooking. This presentation and article unpack the details of attending a Reggio Emilia Study Tour. 

Hannah Fruin presents on her introduction of a therapy animal to her preschool program, with advice on the process and journey for other educators considering this option.

 

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Sarah delivers this presentation on Tapping, inspired by the Emotional Freedom Technique, to help educators with their own emotional wellbeing and that fo the children in their care.

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Josette Nunn 2015

Josette Nunn, an innaugral Fellowship recipient, presents her report The Journey into Positive Education: The Art of Dreaming and the Praxis of Imagining through the interface of Positive Pyschology, human systems and early childhood environments. 

Kerryn Kneebone 2015

Kerryn Kneebone shares her report for Nature based study tour, in which she visited services in Dunblane Scotland. 

Sharryn Clarke 2015

Sharryn Clarke shares her report on her innaugral Fellowship Program for Leadership and Change program project ‘Reciprocity and authenticity in connecting children and animals’.