What you will learn

Gain contemporary skills and knowledge.

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Research has shown that the positive impact of early childhood education lies in the nature, quality and consistency of interactions between educators or their carers, and children.

The Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a) is a set of practical, evidence-based teaching and learning strategies that enhance the quality of interactions with young children and support child development and learning. It is proven to have a positive impact on child, educator and family outcomes, with lasting change in children’s lives both before and after they start school.

This course is for early childhood educators wanting to advance their practice in 3a to coach and mentor others to implement 3a within their organisation, and help ensure fidelity of 3a implementation for the best outcomes.

Training includes certification for 12 months and access to the online 3a member community and resources.

Understand the role of the 3a Coach

Gain a sound understanding of the role and responsibilities of the 3a Coach. Explore the principles of coaching, and the difference between mentoring and coaching. Develop the skills to play an important role in maintaining the fidelity of 3a implementation.

Deepen knowledge of key elements

Building on the 3a Practitioner training, you will spend time revising key 3a concepts and lexicon, including: Language Priority, Conversational Reading, Learning Games, and Enriched Caregiving.

Plan and facilitate a coaching session

Drawing on your new skills and knowledge, you'll plan a coaching session that focuses on 3a elements. You could apply this in your own setting.

For more information about 3a, including research evidence, detailed training options and resources, see the 3a website.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge.

The 3a - Abecedarian Approach Australia series

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) is at the forefront of 3a strategy Australia-wide, and offers three levels of training in 3a. This specialist training is designed to provide practical skills and strategies to implement, train and lead in 3a so you can deliver enhanced educational outcomes. We also offer customised 3a training for organisation-wide delivery. If you are interested in on-site or group training please email 3a-info@unimelb.edu.au

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For individuals

To take 3a Coach as a stand-alone course, you'll pay the normal price.

Certification fee is included in the course fee.

$726.00 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to pay by invoice.

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