School Readiness Funding 

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

Yes! We are on the 2021 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 receive: 

  • A day of face-to-face training  at one of our Melbourne-based training sessions *     OR 

  • Host a five hour session at your centre  (you can invite other services in your area)    OR 

  • Online training (via ZOOM) - 2 X 2 hour sessions and 1 X 1 hour session

  • A training manual, resources and programming 

  • A puppet package for your centre 

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


Attend a Melbourne-based training session for $350 plus GST ($385) per person. *** (see dates below).

A training day (5 hours) hosted at your centre is $1800 plus GST ($1980).  Travel costs and an overnight stay charge may be charged if you are situated beyond East Gippsland, Victoria. Where possible, travel costs are combined with other services in your region. 

Online training (Zoom) is $350 plus GST ($385)  per person.

A puppet package (6 puppets and puppet programming on a USB)  is available for $366 (includes GST). You can use your own puppets if appropriate to the training needs. 

*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 - More to be announced as needed. 

This training day is run each term at The University of Melbourne (Hawthorn Campus) in Melbourne.  Places are strictly limited due to Covid 19 restrictions. Contact Puppets for Learning to secure a place. 

Current training dates (one day required only)

NOTE: Your place will be confirmed only when you have returned your booking forms. New number rest

9.30am - 3pm. 

Thurs 13th May 2021  (almost full)

Fri May 14th 2021 (sorry - fully booked)

Thurs 15th July 2021

Fri July 16th 2021