Kindy Uplift Programs

Kindy Uplift Program

Have you received your Kindy Uplift Funding? Great News! We have a range of programs, resources, support and professional learning available which are focused on the key priority.

Courses Available

Many of our programs can be delivered online or in-service with one of our experienced facilitators.

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​Join Briana Thorne in exploring the legislative requirements, exceeding practices and real-world strategies, this presentation explores the practical implications and requirements around reflective practice.

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This program, facilitated by Briana Thorne, dives deep into the cognitive processes pivotal to building foundations for mathematical understanding in the early years.

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Through engaging discussions and practical exercises, educators will be better equipped to nurture meaningful interactions, supporting a child's holistic development in a secure and responsive environment.

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Security, Self-worth, autonomy, self-competence, and joy in early childhood.

Theory, research, and practical strategies for meeting children's needs and fostering their wellbeing 


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Educator Toolkit for Behaviour

This program can be delivered as an in-service workshop

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OR as an online self-paced program.

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Join Dr Louise Porter & Sandi Phoenix for a powerful class to re-think and re-frame the role of teachers and educators in supporting children’s emerging social and emotional competence.

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Imagine a team building session that gets your whole team thinking clearer, feeling happier, more motivated, and productive. This workshop is run by Christopher Phoenix who discusses wellbeing concepts through various modes of entertainment, including poignant games and demonstrations.

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Learn how to provide a therapeutic response with Trent Savill from Complex Care. This training has been designed for educators supporting vulnerable children and families who have been exposed to trauma.

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This is an online program consisting of 6 chapters. Each chapter will have an accompanying webinar (live option as well as recorded playback), Q&A webinar, Discussions, Chapter resource PDF download, and activities.

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Complete this quick survey and we'll send you a comprehensive quote to meet your Kindy Uplift needs.

Coaching and Mentoring Packages

Our coaches are trained in solution focused, strength based coaching methods. We have a collective 147 years experience in the education and care sector.

Our packages are designed especially for educators within Queensland to foster outcomes necessary for school readiness in Kindergartens.

We'll shape a package to work towards outcomes that your service needs.

The best part? We come to you and walk alongside educators during your service operational hours.

The below prices are excluding GST and excluding travel.

Coaching & Mentoring   (C&M)

One 3 hour visit during service operational hours

  •  We come to you
  •  No need to work after hours
  •  Our facilitators walk alongside educators throughout the day
  •  Learning environment observations within the moment 1:1 coaching & mentoring
  • Leadership coaching
  •  Staff meetings
  • Quality improvement recommendations
Professional Conversation (PC)

A staff team meeting for up to 2.5 hours 

  • We come to you            
  • Delivered out of hours (evenings or weekend)
  • We will facilitate a strength-based solution-focused meeting
  • Coaching and mentoring delivered in a group format
  •  This is group c&m, it is not a training workshop
  •  Leadership coaching
  •  Learning environment observations
  •  Quality improvement recommendations
C&M + PC

3 hours of coaching & mentoring, followed by a staff meeting

  •  We come to you
  •  A combination of during & after operational hours 
  •  Our facilitators walk alongside educators throughout the day
  •  Learning environment observations with 1:1 coaching & mentoring
  •  We will facilitate a strength based, solution focused meeting 
  •  The PC is group c&m, it is not a training workshop
  •  Leadership coaching 
  •  Quality Improvement recommendations
Intensive Day

3 hours of coaching & mentoring followed by a training workshop

  •  We come to you
  •  A combination of during & after operational hours 
  •  Our facilitators walk alongside educators throughout the day
  •  Learning environment observations with 1:1 coaching & mentoring
  •  We will facilitate a training session based on themes of Educator wellbeing, Educator Toolkit for Behaviour, or My Cups are full and I'm ready for school.
  •  Leadership coaching
  •  Quality Improvement recommendations

Additional Costs


A travel fee of $89.40 per hour will be charged from the nearest capital city CBD. We have local facilitators based in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney. You can opt to choose an interstate facilitator, which may incur flight costs.


If you require a facilitator to stay over night, we love to support rural and regional communities. Our overnight fee is quoted upon request.


For an all inclusive upfront quote, complete this form and we'll work out the best bundle for you, add a bundle discount, and calculate any potential travel fees or additional charges. All fees on this page are GST exclusive.

Need a hand picking out the package that will suit your team the best?

We offer FREE needs assessment meetings, with one of our amazing team.

What to Expect During Coaching & Mentoring

During these visits, your facilitator will customise support according to needs of the service. They will: 

Spend time coaching & mentoring all educators;

Visit learning environments to observe environment, program, and curriculum decisions and discuss concerns with key staff in learning environment;

Tailor advice according to observations as well as questions from educators to increase the services capacity to support the school readiness of all children;

Educators have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss school readiness in a one on one coaching conversation with facilitator at any time during this day.

Intensive Day packages:

Spend time either providing verbal advice to leadership staff based on observations OR writing of coaching and mentoring notes to leave with leadership staff;

Provide written resources and information for services to discuss and utilise in their daily practice to support the sustainability of the advice provided and recommendations made. 

Optional: We recommend planning for an additional staff member to be available on the day to maximise the time that the facilitator is visiting the learning environments. This allows for the lead educator or other staff to have focused conversations with facilitator.

Design your package​​​​​​​​

Evidence Based

Our programs consider educators approaches to children’s behavioural and social learning via the lens of various paradigms of education. Our facilitators will draw on The Phoenix Cups framework and Behaviour Guidance approach that encourages educators to shift from a paradigm influenced by Behaviourism toward one of humanism building on the works of Rogers and Maslow, Choice theory, guidance practitioners, and positive psychology. 

Our principal facilitator is Sandi Phoenix B.Psych.Sc, and our psychologist in residence is Dr Louise Porter PhD, MA(Hons), MGiftedEd, DipEd, BA, BIntStuds, Child Psychologist. The primary research basis of the course is Louise’s doctoral studies (University of South Australia 2000). The research was a qualitative study of caregivers’ behaviour management practices with young children. More about Louise’s research can be found here. 

Coaching can be used to support educators to understand emotional maturity, anxious & fearful behaviour, hyperactive & inattentive behaviour, social competence, responsibility & respect, physical health & wellbeing, and physical independence. 


Our Programs consider the fact that every child takes a unique path toward achieving the five outcomes, and that children will require different levels of support. The packages support the implementation of quality play-based kindergartens.


Our facilitators draw upon the UN convention
on the  rights of the child, and the rights of persons
with a disability
. They recognise all children as rights
holders, capable of participating in their social worlds
through their relationship with others.


Participants engage in reflective practice throughout the program and are encouraged to collaborate with other professionals via discussion forums.


By developing respectful relationships and strong partnership with colleagues, family members and professionals will enable all parties to work towards a shared goal and vision to support child’s learning, development and positive outcomes towards transitions from home to the service and from the service to school.



Educators will be encouraged to reflect and
evaluate current professional beliefs, values and
 practices and exploring the potential of having
behaviour guidance principles which promote high
expectations for children (regardless of their
personal judgement and opinion of the child
and their family background). 


Educators will be encouraged to view responses to children’s behaviour as equitable versus equal. Fairness, equity, and inclusion themes are evident throughout our packages. This program considers the unique familial and community context of all children, as well as the individual capabilities and needs of children and families.



By building strong connection with children and their families, educators will be able to develop behavioural expectations that are fair and respectful to each child.


Assessment tools in the packages encourage
educators to gather information about the child’s
wellbeing, strengths and interests and relationships
and also to capture and gather documentation around
a child’s behaviour, paying particular attention to
any learning needs the student may have which
is associated to an underlying and unmet need. 



The tools within this package will ensure that educators are integrating teaching and learning approaches to support the inclusion and access for children at their service.

References Informing Our Programs

Athey, C. (2007) Extending Thought in Young Children (2nd Ed) London: PCP

Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority. (2018). National Quality Standard.

Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority. (2018). Relationships with Children. In.

Bowlby, J. (1969). Attachment.

Bretherton, I. (1999). Updating the ‘internal working model’ construct: Some reflections. Attachment & Human Development, 1(3), 343-357.

Care for Kids. (2019). Why Risky Play.

Csikszentmihályi, M. (1990). Flow: The psychology of optimal experience. New York: Harper Perennial.

Department of Education and Training. (2019). Early Years Learning Framework

Dragon Box. (2017). 5 Core Benefits of Learning Through Discovery.

Early Childhood Australia. (2019). Code of Ethics. In.

Glasser, W. (1998). Choice theory: A new psychology of personal freedom. New York: Harper Collins.

Livingstone, R. (2019). Agency in Practice.

Maslow, A. H. (1968). Toward a psychology of being. (2nd ed.) Princeton, NJ: Van Nostrand.

Phoenix Cups Framework (2019)

Porter, L. (2016a). Young children’s behaviour: Guidance approaches for early childhood educators. (4th ed.) Sydney: Routledge.

Queensland kindergarten learning guideline (QKLG). (2021)

Ralphs, A. (2021). A guide to schema play in toddlers.

United Nations 1989, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN, Geneva

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