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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.

    The course aligns with current early years quality frameworks, comprising the National Quality Standard and Framework, the Early Years Learning Framework, the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the Framework for School Age 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 will 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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      1. GPs seeking Category 2 QI & CPD points through RACGP should register for Laying the Foundations modules 1 - 5 here Alternatively GP's can complete Laying the Foundations and self-record QI & CPD category 2 points by logging onto the RACGP website. Please contact your RACGP state faculty for further information.
      2. GPs seeking 3 CPD points through ACRRM should register for Laying the Foundations modules 1 - 5 here
      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

      You can also choose to purchase a bundle of modules that best suits your needs.

        Bundle  Cost Register
        Modules 1-3  $100 + GST Enrol now
        Modules 1, 2 and 4 $100 + GST Enrol now 
        Modules 1, 2 and 5 $100 + GST Enrol now

        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.