Professional learning

Professional learning

Early Start provides professional learning opportunities designed for educators, teachers, Directors, families and Board members. We want to offer you a chance to upskill and stay engaged in your important work with children and families. Anyone involved in the ECEC community is welcome!    

Our fee-based courses and workshops and free researcher speaker series vary from 1 to 2 hours in duration and are delivered online (via Zoom) to enable individual or team participation.    

All you need is a reliable internet connection and computer to get started! 

Seminars and workshops

Free Research Seminar Series

Join experts from Early Start and beyond to gain key learnings in Research Methodology and Early Childhood Research. 

Seminar 5: Research Methodology and Early Childhood Research.

Tuesday 4 October, 12noon – 1pm (AEST)

Dr Mitchell Parker (University of Wollongong), Prof Mary Ryan (Australian Catholic University), and Dr Lynette Cronin (University of Wollongong) will present an interactive online session on collecting data in educational settings.

Key Learnings

What are the key factors to consider when collecting data in educational settings?
Advice; methods for collecting data; barriers and facilitators to collecting data in these settings.


Early Start Denver Model

A play-based approach to helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a play-based intervention, specifically designed for children with ASD. Focusing on routine and play, it integrates both behavioural and developmental principles to empower children with ASD to become active participants in the world around them.

Discover our expert-led online workshops for parents, educators, teachers and other professionals working with, or parenting children with ASD.

ESDM Educator Workshop: ‘One for the Team'

Our quality assured online sessions are suitable for all educators and  have NESA Accreditation of 12 hours for NSW teachers. 

  • 4 October – 8 November, every Tuesday for 6 weeks, 4.00pm-6.00pm. 

ESDM Parent and Carer Workshops: ‘ESDM for the Home’. 

These courses have been life-changing for families and children. Families can use NDIS funding to cover the full cost of the workshop ($858).

  • 28 September - 26 October, every Wednesday for 6 weeks,10:30am-12:00noon 
  • 16 November -14 December, every Wednesday for 6 weeks, 10:30am-12:00noon