Professional development that offers real benefits in the classroom

Getting children ready to learn!

Learning Connections has been providing hands-on professional development workshops for teachers and early childhood educators since 1976.

We equip teachers and educators with an integrated classroom program that boosts children’s ability to learn.

We deliver:
In-School Programstailored to your specific needs, and
Public Workshopsoffered in a range of regional centres.

Teachers and educators are regularly asked to respond to the needs of young children with developmental immaturities that present in a variety of ways, including:

  • Poor concentration – difficulty following instructions, easily distracted
  • Poor physical ability – difficulty sitting still on a chair, clumsy
  • Speech and language immaturities – poor hand writing, socialisation issues, doesn’t function well in groups
  • Poor sensory motor development – has to touch everything, can’t stop moving.

Our classroom programs provide teachers and educators with practical tools that address these issues, stimulate the brain, and help children to settle and focus on learning.

See our range of upcoming public workshops here.

Classroom programs are anchored in our core sensory-motor and reflex integration activities. We are flexible and adjust activities and examples to reflect the educational environments of participants who attend our training workshops.

Our programs respond to the different needs and capabilities of children from babies (0-12mths) through to upper primary levels (12-13yrs).

“This is the best teacher professional development I have attended!”

Primary School Teacher, Brisbane

Practical and fun classroom programs which help children concentrate and learn

Learning Outcomes

Do you understand the factors that contribute to children’s attention, concentration and learning difficulties?

  1. Discover what is behind behaviours such as constant wriggling, poor concentration, the inability to sit still or stop talking and problems with playing in groups.
  2. Learn how to implement the simple activities that help children in your class focus, concentrate and be ready to learn.
  3. Be reminded of the critical roles played in children’s lives by nutrition, technology and other environmental factors. What can you do about them to support your students.

Contribution to CPD and Professional Standards

Learning Connections’ professional development workshops contribute to Teachers and Early Childhood Educators CDC (Continuing Professional Development), aligning with the following Quality Frameworks:

Australian Professional Standards For Teachers

  • Standard 1 – Know students and how they learn
  • Standard 4 – Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
  • Standard 7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community.

ACECQA National Standards

  • Quality Area 1 – Educational program and practice
  • Quality Area 2 – Children’s health and safety
  • Quality Area 5 – Relationships with children.

You will receive a certificate of completion for the workshop you attend.

“At the start of each school day you will see students involved in the Learning Connections Program.
You will also see a smile of the faces of parents walking past as they know their children are getting ready to learn.
Parents have shared what they have heard and seen in action and noticed the difference it has made to their child’s focus.
Having Learning Connections in our school is now a drawcard.”

Rita Cranitch, St Francis Primary School, Ayr, Queensland

Public Workshops

Our highly interactive two-day workshops provide you with a practical and fun classroom program to help children concentrate and learn. Registration fee includes all workshop materials, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. Book now to secure your place!

We offer two versions of our public workshop (with some overlap) based on the age of the children you work with:

The Early Years Program (2 Day Workshop)

Who For? –  Early Childhood Educators and Childcare Assistants working with children aged 2 to 6 years  

The School Program (2 Day Workshop)

Who For? –  Early Childhood Educators and Teachers working with children aged 5 to 12 years