Live online events

1 day, 10:00 AM AEST - 04:00 PM AEST


  • PD hours: 5
  • $385.00 excl. GST


Join us from the comfort of your living room, garden or even your work environment for our NEW online delivery of Play Matters – The Importance of Play. As with the Face to Face event, our online event is also a NESA APPROVED PD.

This dynamic webinar by Dr Dee O’Connor and our Walker Learning Consultant examines through presentation slides, video, expert panel discussions and audience Q&A the importance of child-initiated and self-directed play experiences, and how educators can optimise young children’s learning through a play-based pedagogy.

Dr Dee O’Connor, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Notre Dame, Australia – specialising in Early Childhood Education will be presenting in the morning. Dee holds over 25 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education and her research relates to play, learning environments, creativity and child development through education. She will explore:

  • The theory of play and why play is fundamental for education in the early primary years
  • Discuss the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience and how this impacts our understanding of young children’s development
  • Discover innovative ways to add value to the teaching of literacy, numeracy, STEM and life skills
  • Provide strategies for children to explore learning through Investigations which link to intentional teaching of all curricular areas

At the end of her session, she will be joined by our Walker Learning consultant for an expert panel discussion and audience Q&A.

In the afternoon, our Walker Learning consultant will explore key elements of Walker Learning in the early years of school (ages 5-8) including:

  • The research and philosophy of Walker Learning
  • How to set up inspiring learning environments
  • The explicit teaching and linking to framework
  • The investigation session
  • How to authentically link literacy and numeracy into investigations
  • Implementation strategies for teams and schools
  • Introduction to Walker Learning documentation which links to the existing curriculum framework

We encourage interaction throughout the day with polls and quizzes, we have a comment board where we will invite you to share your thoughts and post questions for our experts. We also have a special offer at the end of the session for all online attendees – 1 month FREE to our membership program launching this month.

New South Wales Education Standards Authority LogoCompleting Play Matters – The Importance of Play will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Australian Professional Teaching Standards: APTS – 1.2, 3.4, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1,4.2, 5.4, 6.2