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Laying the Foundations eLearning

  • Laying the Foundations eLearning provides an overview of early childhood learning and development from 0-8 years, with a focus on the dynamic interaction between child health, learning, development and wellbeing. 

    The course is informed by the science of early brain development, current research and practice-based evidence; and provides multiple interactive learning opportunities with current information and resources about young children and their families. Multi-media elements, case studies, guided discussion points and skills-based activities are embedded throughout the modules. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their practice, and review how they support children and families through practice questions and exercises.

    Laying the Foundations is suitable for all practitioners who work with children and families, including early childhood educators and those working with families experiencing vulnerability.

    Laying the Foundations aligns with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) which describes the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children's learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. The framework is a key component of the National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care.

    Download the information sheet to read more about Laying the Foundations.


    Module 1: Child learning and development – current perspectives on child health, learning, development and wellbeing.
    Module 2:
    More about child learning and development – factors that impact on child health, learning, development and wellbeing, and parent wellbeing and family functioning.
    Module 3: 
    Prenatal to three years – becoming curious about people and the world around them.
    Module 4:
    Learning and development three to five years – participating in an expanding social world.
    Module 5:
    Five to eight years – towards greater independence.

    Each module takes about an hour to complete. You can log out of this self-paced program and return at a later stage. Access is provided for 12 months. A bookmark feature means you can save and exit a module as needed and return where you left off.


      The cost of the complete course (Modules 1-5) is $140 + GST.

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      Laying the Foundations eLearning (Victorian version)

      This version aligns with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). 

      All modules in this Victorian version cover the same topics as ‘Laying the Foundations’.


      The cost of the complete course (Modules 1-5) is $140 + GST.

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      1. GPs seeking Educational Activity Hours through RACGP should register for Laying the Foundations modules 1 - 5  
      2. GPs seeking 3 CPD points through ACRRM should register for Laying the Foundations modules 1 - 5
      3. This activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria. Completion of Laying the Foundations modules 1 - 5 entitles eligible participants to claim 5 CPD hours. Register here

      Preview the course

      Watch a video demonstration of the Laying the Foundations eLearning course.


    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

    The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.