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School Readiness Funding 

Training Package: "Using Puppets for Social And Emotional Learning."

Yes! We are on the 2021 and 2022 School Readiness Funding Menu (Kindergartens, Victoria).  

There's certainly a lot of fun in this training.  Participants learn about the magic of puppetry and how to make a puppet "come alive". 

A puppet package is provided for your centre - each puppet, being carefully selected to address specific learning goals.  (You can use your own if appropriate). 

But it's not just a day of playing with puppets...

Participants develop an indepth knowledge relating to emotional and social development and the challenges that some children face. They learn how to promote the skills, behaviours  and knowledge that underpin emotional regulation and healthy social interactions. The knowledge gained on the day can easily be applied to other sessional activities such as book sharing and pretend play. 


This training package can be delivered in a number of ways. 

You may choose to:  

  • Send one, two, three or more educators to one of our face-to-face training days. These are held in Melbourne (Hawthorn) *     OR 

  • Host a five hour session at your centre for all your staff.  (You can invite other services in your area) THESE ARE MOVED TO ZOOM during Covid lockdowns.   OR 

  • Have one, two or more of your educators join in on our online training series (via ZOOM) - 2 X 2 hour sessions and 1 X 1 hour session. 

For each option, you receive: 

  • Training materials, resources and programming to view, print, use ( provided on a USB stick or downloadable link)

  • Three follow-up sessions (online or via phone)

You may also choose to purchase: 

  • A puppet package for your centre (6 puppets chosen for specific purposes to complement the training)

Costs:  

Melbourne-based training day: $385 (inc GST) per person. *** (see dates below).

A training day (5 hours) hosted at your centre for up to 30 people: $1980 (inc GST).  Travel costs and an overnight  charge may be charged if you are situated beyond East Gippsland, Victoria. Where possible, travel costs are combined with other services in your region.  *YOU CAN NOW ORGANISE YOUR OWN PERSONAL ZOOM TRAINING DAY FOR YOUR CENTRE

Online training (Zoom):   $385 inc GST per participant for the three sessions online and three follow-ups. 

The puppet package (6 puppets and puppet programming on a USB)  is available for $400 (inc GST). These are posted to your service prior to the training or sent to the Melbourne training venue. 

*Some costs may vary according to your needs. Please contact us for a specific quote 

The presenter: 

Lucia Smith is a speech pathologist with over 25 years of experience working with children across a range of settings. She has always taken loved incorporating the magic of puppets in her work and has enjoyed sharing this knowledge in her workshops and conference presentations. 

Lucia is the creator of many popular resources used in early childhood and school settings, including "Social Sam" and "Social Puppets." 

Melbourne Training Days - PLEASE NOTE THAT IF THESE SESSIONS CANNOT GO AHEAD DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, THEY WILL BE RUN VIA ZOOM.  ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY GIFT. 

Thursday 7th October  9.30 - 3.00 pm

Friday 8th October 9.30 - 3.00 pm 

Each training day is run at The University of Melbourne (Hawthorn Campus) in Melbourne.  Places are strictly limited due to Covid 19 restrictions. 

NOTE:  These training days book out quickly. Your place will be confirmed only when you have returned your booking forms or when you book online.

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Zoom Training Dates -  

This training is delivered in three parts. The next series will run on the following dates/times. You will need to join in on all three. 

Friday 29th October 2.30 - 3.30 pm

Friday 5th November 2.30 - 4.30 pm 

Friday 12th November 2.30 - 4.30 pm

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