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. Our Professional Development newsletter keeps you in the loop with upcoming professional development opportunities, special offers, and industry news and updates.

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

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.

Phone Support

Phone support is one of the many ways Gowrie Victoria provides support and assistance to early learning and OSHC services. By purchasing a 2 hour support block, you can have a professional conversation with one of our Early Learning Consultants to ask questions, receive advice, and discuss any issues you are concerned about. Why phone support? If you’re short on time or just have one or two key topics you want to focus on, phone support is a great alternative to face-to-face customised training. We have the ability to share screens with you to create a fully interactive learning experience, enabling us to share resources and other content with you during the conversation. How does it work?

  1. Contact us to purchase your 2 hour support block for $399 (incl. GST).
  2. When you are ready to schedule in a conversation, we will arrange a time for one of our consultants to call you.
  3. You can use the 2 hours of support in a minimum of 30 minutes at a time, and the support hours expire 6 months from the date of your first support call.

Click here to read the terms and conditions.

Short Courses and Tours

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 short courses are delivered at our children’s programs in Carlton North, Docklands, Yarraville and Broadmeadows Valley. We also offer ‘Open Door’ sessions, which are guided tours of our Early Learning Centres held each month at a different centre. 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!

Design Tours of Docklands

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.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until the appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. During the course you will learn the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, an action plan to confidently have the conversations, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective. Topics covered include:

  • Developing mental health problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis and substance use problems
  • Suicide and other mental health crises

Click here to visit the Mental Health Education & Training (MHET) website and book into an upcoming Mental Health First Aid course.

MHET is operated by Nicole Jordan and Kerryn Cormick who are both accredited Mental Health First Aid instructors.

Nicole and Kerryn both have tertiary qualifications in mental health and decades of experience in helping people improve their wellbeing and live their best lives. They’ve experienced first-hand the positive impact mental health first aid training can have on people’s lives.