Use your Kindy Uplift funding to access our Early Years Program.

The Learning Connections’ Early Years Program is an integrated movement program that addresses the Kindy Uplift 5 priority developmental areas and boosts children’s ability to learn.

About The Early Years Program

Maximising children’s opportunities for learning and development is key to a successful kindergarten program. Early Years is a foundational program which:

  • enhances children’s motor skills – their motor control, balance, posture, spatial awareness and vestibular function – which in turn …
  • enhances self-regulation, sensory-motor integration, their ability to focus and their cognitive capacity – which leads to …
  • more effective learning, enhanced confidence and social skills and ultimately enhanced school-readiness.

Why it’s an ideal Kindy Uplift investment

  • Engages the whole group, settling them and preparing children to learn
  • Supports all 5 priority developmental areas of the Kindy Uplift Program
  • Builds educator capability and is simple to implement – taking just 20 minutes, which can be spread across the day (great for transitions)
  • Requires no equipment
  • We love to travel and can arrange to come to you. Groups can even pool resources to access the training and introduce the Program collaboratively.
  • Outcomes are measurable, evidence-based and value for money
  • It can be adapted to meet the needs and capabilities of children at different ages
  • It provides a great opportunity to engage parents as partners in the Program
  • … and it’s fun!

What the Program looks like

Stage 1
A two day educator training workshop where you:

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  • discover what is contributing to behaviours such as constant wriggling, poor concentration, the inability to sit still or stop talking, and difficulties with playing in groups;
  • learn how to implement the Early Years Program with your groups – a set of simple activities that help children to focus, concentrate and be ready to learn;
  • are reminded of the critical roles played in children’s lives by nutrition, technology and other environmental factors, and what educators can do to support children.

Stage 2
A three month follow-up which includes:

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  • a half day educator refresher workshop;
  • centre reviews to support individual educators to implement the program with their specific groups;
  • a 1.5 hour review with parents and community stakeholders.

Learning Connections recommends ongoing reviews and refreshers for subsequent years:

  • a twice yearly half-day refresher workshop for educators;
  • annual centre reviews to support individual educators to implement the Program with their specific groups;
  • annual 2 hour parent engagement workshops, giving parents (in particular new parents) information about the Program and providing tips for supporting children at home.


We have seen huge improvements.

“We own 14 childcare centres across Queensland and we have made a commitment to train our educators in Learning Connections after seeing the enormous benefits to the children in our care … We have seen huge improvements in the children’s ability to concentrate, their balance and spatial skills, their drawing and painting, as well as their social skills.”
Julie Watts
Operations Manager, Feng Holdings

I strongly urge … educators to … implement it into their programs.

“The Learning Connections program was a critical component to my kindergarten program. Not only does the program benefit children who struggle to engage in learning but it strengthens the neural pathways of all the children participating in the program. It’s a win for everyone! The active and engaging ideas can be utilised throughout the kindy day – in a specific Learning Connections timeslot at the beginning
of the day, in transitions, music and other group activities.
I strongly urge early childhood educators to undertake
the training and implement it into their programs.”
Judy Cuskelly
Former Director (2006 – 2021)
Highfields & District Kindergart
en

Use your Kindy Uplift funding to access Early Years support

Call Dianne now on 0414 264 758 to discuss how we can tailor the Early Years program to fit your existing programming and routines.

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Who are we?

At Learning Connections we are passionate about helping children reach their potential.

Since 1976, we have helped thousands of children reach their potential by equipping parents, teachers and educators with programs that improve children’s behaviour and concentration. 

Our approach is unique, combining the benefits of sensory motor and primary reflex inhibition with customised movement and learning programs, auditory training and nutritional strategies.

We deliver tailored professional development workshops for teachers and early childhood educators across Australia, supporting them to create the optimal conditions for learning – and enabling them to focus on teaching. And by engaging parents to support the work of teachers and educators, the impact of the program is maximised and the benefits reinforced at home.

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Do you know a parent struggling to understand their child’s behaviour?

We also work directly with children and parents. In person or online training is available through Learning Connections. Find out more here …