Gowrie Victoria’s Professional Development is designed to support educators to extend their learning over a period of time, think critically about practice, and apply learning to real life examples in their own service. Book online for our short courses and webinars or contact us to develop customised training for your service.

Browse short courses and webinars on our Course Calendar

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Find out more about the variety of different Professional Development solutions we offer:

Short Courses

Our short courses are linked to the National Quality Standards to enable participants to directly apply what they have learned to their work with children, families and colleagues.

A great way to select a short course is to refer to your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) to find topics that align with the identified actions in your QIP.

Our scheduled calendar of short courses are delivered at our children’s programs in Carlton North, Docklands, and Broadmeadows Valley. If you would like a short course customised for or delivered at your service, contact us or find out more on the Customised Training page.

Check out our course calendar to view all upcoming short courses and book online now!


We deliver selected short courses through online Webinars. Webinars are a 1-2 hour snapshot of key learnings that offer convenience and flexibility for educators who can go online at their own service.

Information on how to join our webinars will be sent to you once you have booked.

Check out all upcoming webinars on our course calendar and book online now!

Customised Training

Customised Training is a great way to build the quality of your service and we can design customised training packages that meet your unique training requirements. We can customise short courses, provide coaching and mentoring, and even run events and conference for your organisation. Visit the Customised Training page for more information and to request a quote for your service.

Design Tours

Our Children’s Program at Docklands is a purpose-designed and built collaboration between Gowrie Victoria, the City of Melbourne, Lend Lease and VicUrban. The environmentally sustainable design offers children unique and exciting learning spaces with large light-filled rooms, specially developed living gardens and outdoor play areas. Community building opportunities are gained through shared outdoor spaces, studios and a dining room.

Session Overview

Design tours provide participants with specific information regarding the innovative design and environmentally sustainable features of the centre. Each session includes a tour of the indoor and outdoor facilities and highlights of the architectural and building design aspects that promote and support sustainability and innovative practices.

Recommended For

Individuals and groups designing, renovating and/or building a family and children’s centre, and those interested in environmentally sustainable design.

For information on prices and to make a booking, contact us.

Support for DET Kindergartens

Phone Support and Advice for Kindergarten Services

Gowrie Victoria provides free phone and email support to all Victorian State funded Kindergarten services. Gowrie Victoria Learning and Development Advisors can:

  • Provide you with advice, support and the latest information on any aspect of working in or managing a service
  • Answer your questions, provide you with a range of resources, or direct you to the appropriate agency to support your needs.

Our phone line is attended 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (exclusive of Public Holidays). Please contact us.

Intensive Support Package for Kindergarten services eligible for Victorian DET subsidy

Gowrie Victoria provides free professional development and support to eligible kindergarten services that have:

  • Received an overall Assessment and Rating result of Working Towards National Quality Standard or Significant Improvement Required and
  • Been referred to Gowrie Victoria for support by the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training (DET).

Intensive Professional Support incorporates of a range of professional development and support, tailored to meet individual service need such as:

  • Phone and electronic support and advice
  • Onsite support with a Professional Learning Consultant, to work through your Quality Improvement Plan
  • Development of a Professional Learning Plan to map the professional development needs of your staff and the best learning approach to meet these needs
  • Development of an Action Plan

Gowrie Victoria acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.