Let's shift from these 3 big issues

for Early Childhood educators and children


Become empowered - with fresh purpose, priorities and inspired practice.

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Flourish - grow & thrive

This online course inspires your 'heart, head and practice' as an educator. Grow in expertise and confidence to thrive in your role. Rethink the pressure of churning out activities 'to tick off learning', and nurture quality interactions in relationships and environments instead. See the joy and rewards of supporting active, competent learners to flourish.

  • FRESH PURPOSE - Gain clarity on how to build strong foundations for each child's success in life. Support children's developmental learning, child-led play and agency, in active learning environments.

  • SHIFT PRIORITIES - Value slowing down to observe and understand each child. Develop the art of intentional teaching and interactions. Focus on 'sparking the flame' with child-centred learning towards long-term outcomes.

  • INSPIRED PRACTICE - See the big picture, by understanding important theories and research that can change your thinking and practice. Use critical reflection as an ongoing tool to consider other perspectives and to inspire your practice.

Lifetime access to a treasure of course resources

to use and revisit as much as you like

  • 9 chapters with 9 presentations

    Each chapter has a 20 - 30 minute presentation that weaves key understandings together, and builds knowledge from the previous chapter.

  • 17 videos to inspire

    We've filmed authentic learning in action with Stephen Gallen and the children at Cawongla Playhouse. Join Andrea Isitt for fresh insights in professional conversations with: Stephen Gallen, Narelle Dawson and Andrew Oberthur

  • Printable resources and 3 workbooks

    Gain access to loads of printable resources to use and to deepen your professsional knowledge. Your three workbooks will become treasures of information. Use these to reflect on and jot down your new ideas as you work through each chapter.

Watch Intro Video

Watch the course intro - see inside

with Andrea Isitt, First Door Company Director

Course curriculum

Your toolkit for ongoing learning & reflection

  • 1
    • COURSE INTRO: & how this online course works with course facilitator Andrea Isitt
    • Course outline: Your action steps (Printable)
    • Video: Our purpose - to see each child flourish
    • Online course AGREEMENT OF USE
    • Before you begin - SHORT SURVEY
  • 2
    • Belonging, Being & Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework
    • Educators guide to the EYLF
    • The CREATE Framework: Learning environments to develop creativity, by Center for Childhood Creativity
    • Loose Parts Play: A toolkit, by Theresa Casey & Juliet Robertson
  • 3
    • Intro for PART 1: Ingredients for authentic learning
    • PART 1: PURPOSE WORKBOOK (Printable)
  • 4
    Chapter 1: Capable learners - supporting developmental learning
    • Chapter 1 Presentation - CAPABLE LEARNERS: Supporting developmental learning
    • 1.1: Natural unfolding of development (Dr. Emmi Pikler)
    • 1.2: Children's brain and nervous system development: the impact of experiences
    • 1.3: Three types of learning (Printable)
    • 1.4: Early Years Learning Framework Practice Based Resources - Developmental Milestones
  • 5
    Chapter 2: Fuel for learning - nurturing agency, belonging, 'being' and play
    • Chapter 2 Presentation - FUEL FOR LEARNING: Nurturing belonging, 'being', agency and play
    • 2.1: The swing set up - supporting agency and authentic learning in the every day
    • 2.2: The borrow book - a child's idea, listening and agency
    • 2.3: Child-directed learning and unrushed play, at Bribie Island Community Kindergarten
    • 2.4: The power of PLAY poster (Printable)
  • 6
    Chapter 3: Authentic experiences in active learning environments
    • Chapter 3 Presentation - AUTHENTIC LEARNING EXPERIENCES: Providing active learning environments
    • 3.1: Learning with heart, head and hands (Story telling)
    • 3.2: 'The Story of Snake' by Leanne Logan
    • 3.3: Active learning environment at Bribie Island Community Kindergarten
    • 3.4: Phases of the learning journey (Printable)
    • 3.5: Growth map for active and competent learners (Printable)
    • Check your learning for PART 1. Ingredients for authentic learning
  • 7
    • Intro for PART 2: Pedgogy to nurture competent and active learners
  • 8
    Chapter 4: Cultivating life competencies
    • Chapter 4 Presentation - Growing the apple: cultivating the seed for life competencies
    • 4.1: Preparing children for school: a Principal's perspective
    • 4.2: The apple & Learning Outcomes for children from EYLF - focus to nurture (printable)
  • 9
    Chapter 5: Being intentional starts with slowing down
    • Chapter 5 Presentation - Being intentional starts with slowing down
    • 5.1: Video: Social learning and being a Role model
    • 5.2: Problem solving the hose - Partner role to share ideas, knowledge and learning
    • 5.3: 4 roles of an educator to support learning (Printable)
    • 5.4: Are you supporting active or passive learners? (Printable)
  • 10
    Chapter 6: 'Sparking the flame' with child-centred learning
    • Chapter 6 Presentation - 'Sparking the flame' with child-centred learning
    • 6.1: Inquiry-based learning - nurturing children's interests, knowledge and ideas
    • 6.2: The Rainbow cabinet - Project-based, collaborative learning and sustaining interest
    • 6.3: About Me form - for child-centred practice (Printable)
    • Check your learning for PART 2: Pedagogy to nurture active, competent learners
  • 11
    • Intro to PART 3: Using theoretical perspectives to inspire practice
    • PRINTABLE: Overview of theoretical perspectives - a tool for reflective practice
    • Reflective journal template: using theoretical perspectives to inspire practice
  • 12
    Chapter 7: Reflecting on practice using social learning theory
    • Chapter 7 Presentation: Reflecting on practice using social theorists' perspectives
    • 7.1: 100 Languages by Loris Malaguzzi (2 minutes)
    • 7.2: Inspired by Reggio Emilia approach (Malaguzzi)
    • 7.3: "They're not being my friends" - ZPD & supported learning (Vygotsky and Bruner)
  • 13
    Chapter 8: Relating practice to developmental theory
    • Chapter 8 Presentation: Relating pedagogy to developmental theorists
    • 8.1: Developmental theory and Schema (Piaget and Athey)
    • Schema: play urges for learning (Printable)
    • 8.2: The Pikler collection: The Development of Movement - Stages
  • 14
    Chapter 9: Using critical reflection to inspire practice
    • Chapter 9 Presentation: Using critical reflection to inspire practice
    • Quiz: Using theories of learning - to inform and inspire my practice
    • Critical reflection worksheet (Printable)
    • Phases of critical reflection and learning: poster with key notes (Printable)
    • My professional development plan (Printable)
    • Check your learning for PART 3: Using critical reflection and theoretical perspectives to inspire practice
  • 15
    • It's a wrap from Andrea and Stephen
    • Congrats! Here's where next...
    • Before you go...

Course endorsement & review

"First Door's 'Transforming Pedagogy for Authentic Learning' course is an exceptional, immersive experience in the "how" and "why" of bringing the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) to life in every moment of our everyday practice. This multimedia learning opportunity provides any early childhood educator and team with ways to reflect on our own pedagogy, the rationale for changing our own beliefs and judgments, and the real possibilities that will nurture each individual child's development and learning. Additionally, Andrea Isitt and the course contributors share their knowledge in such sensitive and thoughtful ways, inspiring participants to shift their practice in order to nourish and encourage each child's journey toward the EYLF learning outcomes. The gifts of this program are the ways in which early childhood educators are given the tools to advance their professional practice while creating a learning environment in which each child can flourish." | Dr. Shelley A. Stravitz
Course endorsement & review

Course Facilitator and Contributors

  • Andrea Isitt

    Course creator and facilitator

    Andrea Isitt

    Andrea commenced studying early childhood development 29 years ago, and this started a career focused on achieving best outcomes for children in Early Childhood. After several years working as a qualified educator and leader, Andrea co-founded First Door in 2012. Her passion as Company Director is driven by her desire to promote exceptional education and care for children. Andrea promotes respectful practice that nurtures emotional security and a natural childhood. She is an avid researcher and shares views from Dr. Emmi Pikler and many leading Early Childhood theorists, play and learning ambassadors, and from current neuroscience research. Andrea has been influenced by her experience of Early Childhood Education in New Zealand, and by visiting Bush Kindys and Forest Kindergartens in Norway, California and Australia.
  • Stephen Gallen

    Course contributor

    Stephen Gallen

    Stephen is a consultant and teacher who has over 30 years of roles and experience in Early Childhood Education and Care, with over 20 years as a contact educator/teacher. During this time, he has experienced all service types including long day care, in home care, school age care, primary school and kindergarten. Stephen has supported educators in their professional development since 1999, delivering a range of programs on behalf of providers including Gowrie, Workforce Council (PSC), TAFE and QUT. Stephen is currently the Director/ECT at Cawongla Play House, and has collaborated with Andrea to share practical examples of authentic learning, agency and social justice in action within the every day curriculum. Throughout this course, Stephen engages in professional conversations with Andrea sharing his inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach, and his wealth of knowledge in relation to practical and theoretical perspectives.
  • Clare  Caro

    Course contributor

    Clare Caro

    Clare Caro is the founder of The Pikler Collection, Nature Play® (UK) and Authentic Learning Environment. As an ongoing learner, researcher and writer, her wealth of insightful knowledge is shared through her websites and in workshops. Clare embodies this knowledge and shares practical application through Nature Play groups, and in every day life and pedagogy with her own two daughters. Andrea and Clare have enjoyed professional collaboration since their first meeting in London in 2016. Clare's passion for authentic learning and knowledge of the natural unfolding of development has both inspired Andrea and contributed to the resources provided in Part 1 of this course.


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