Early Learning Training

Below outlines the Professional Development opportunities we offer for Early Learning Services. For more details on the advantages of incorporating Children’s Key Word Sign into your service, please click here.

Please click on the Children’s Key Word Sign training that best matches your needs to access the relevant content for you or your service.

What’s included

Training

The Children’s KWS training is undertaken over three hours. This is can be either in person or live online (via Zoom) and online training can either be one 3 hour or two x 1.5 hour sessions.   Due to the session being highly interactive we recommend in-person training but can do live online if that suits the service better.

During the Key Word Sign training the following topics are covered:

• What is Children’s Key Word Sign?
• History of Key Word Sign
• Key Differences between Auslan and Key Word Sign
• How to Sign
• Recognising First Signs
• Benefits of Key Word Sign
• Implementing Key Word Sign in your Early Learning Setting
• Language Facilitation Techniques
• Common Barriers to Success
• Where to Find New Signs
• Walkthrough of Resources

This training meets the Kindy Uplift priority areas of:

• inclusion and responsive
• Social and emotional
• Executive language
• Oral Language and Literacy.

If you are looking for mathematical and numeracy resources please check out our Key Word Sign and Mathematics training.

Throughout the training we cover over 100+ Key Word Signs purposefully selected for Early Learning Settings these include Everyday Signs, Feelings Signs, Colours, Core & Fringe signs.  You have opportunities to practice your new skills and even learn some signed songs.

On completion of the training all participants receive a Children’s Key Word Sign certificate. Please note for online participants the Educator must have attended BOTH sessions to receive a certificate.

A2 Everyday Signs poster

24 signs useful for every day

A6 Everyday Signs Flashcards

24 Synthetic (waterproof / tear resistant) flashcards

10 x Lanyard Flashcard sets

Key Word Signing Information Poster for Parents and Carers

A4 Story Sign book

A simple story using the Everyday Signs

A4 Song & Sign Book

10 simple songs containing everyday signs

ELS Online Portal

Includes the recap of the presentation and access to your online resources

Video Tutorials

Images and video tutorials of the Everyday and Daily Signs

Songs and Signs Tutorials

Video tutorials of the signs for each song in the Everyday Book. Sign and Sing Along videos for the Everyday Song and Sign Book

MP3s of the Songs

For once you have gained confidence with your signs you can access the MP3s of the songs without the videos

Story Sign Book

Access to the Story Sign Book being signed and narrated. Great to learn the beginner signs

Parental Portal

The Online Portal provides you access to the Parental Portal which is a tool for you to share with your parents and carers. It provides your parents with information on CKWS and sign tutorials for the signs being used within the service

$1,300

Includes up to 10 participants and one set of ‘Everyday Signs Room Resources’

Additional Information

Additional participants can be purchased for $80pp, each participant receives a set of Lanyard flashcards and participation certificate.

Additional ‘Everyday Signs Room Resource’ packs can be purchased at $230 a pack.  The package includes an Everyday Signs poster, flashcard, song book and story book

Travel and accommodation costs not included, please contact us for travel costs.

Progression Pack – $399

We encourage all services to incorporate the Progression Pack. This collection of resources is designed for Early Learning Services to aid in ongoing adoption, continuation, and expansion of key word sign. It includes posters, flashcards, song & sign booklets, and story sign books covering core words, colours, feelings, safety signs, and playroom signs.

For full details of the recommended Progression Pack click here.

Reviews

There are several options available for educators who are interested in undertaking the Children’s Key Word Sign training. Feel free to contact us to explore these options further.

The most common choices include joining a local service in your area that is also undergoing the training or being placed on a waitlist for our online training sessions.

What’s included

Training

The Children’s KWS training is undertaken over three hours. This is completed either in person or live online via Zoom with the online sessions either one 3 hour or two 1.5 hour sessions .

During the Key Word Sign training the following topics are covered:

• What is Children’s Key Word Sign?
• History of Key Word Sign
• Key Differences between Auslan and Key Word Sign
• How to Sign
• Recognising First Signs
• Benefits of Key Word Sign
• Implementing Key Word Sign in your Early Learning Setting
• Language Facilitation Techniques
• Common Barriers to Success
• Where to Find New Signs
• Walkthrough of Resources

This training meets the Kindy Uplift priority areas of:

• inclusion and responsive
• Social and emotional
• Executive language
• Oral Language and Literacy.

If you are looking for mathematical and numeracy resources please check out our Key Word Sign and Mathematics training.

Throughout the training we cover over 100+ Key Word Signs purposefully selected for Early Learning Settings these include Everyday Signs, Feelings Signs, Colours, Core & Fringe signs.  You have opportunities to practice your new skills and even learn some signed songs.

Physical Key Word Sign Resources

15 Lanyard Key Word Sign Cards for Out and About
Warterproof and Tearproof
Certificate on completion of the training

Digital Key Word Sign Resources

ELS Online Portal

Includes the recap of the presentation and access to your online resources.

Video Tutorials

Images and video tutorials of the Everyday and Daily Signs.

Parental Portal

The Online Portal provides you access to the Parental Portal which is a tool for you to share with your parents and carers. It provides your parents with information on CKWS and sign tutorials for the signs being used within the service.

Pricing

The price for an individual educator to receive our key word sign training is $150. This includes training, lanyard cards and certificate on completion.

If you are a Family Day Care, or you are the only Educator from your service that has undertaken the training it is recommended that you also purchase the Everyday Signs Room Pack. This includes:

A3 Everyday Poster
A7 Everyday Flashcards
Waterproof and Tearproof
A5 sing and sign book with access to online tutorials and sing-a-long song
A5 Children’s Story Book with signs and access to online narrated story with signs

New Educators

This training is available to Early Learning Settings or Playgroups that have undertaken the initial training, but have since recruited new staff that need to receive the Key Word Sign training. The format and content is the same as the initial training, please see above for content overview.

What’s included

The training is designed for up to 10 people and includes:

• 3 Hour Children’s KWS training
• Lanyard Cards
• Certificate on completion of training
• Access to Digital Resources

Pricing

$1,000

includes up to 10 educators

Extras

Additional participants can be purchased for $80pp, each participant receives a set of Lanyard flashcards and participation certificate.

Travel and accommodation costs not included, please contact us for travel costs.

Parents

This training has been designed to encourage the parents and carers to implement Key Word Sign at their home with the assistance of your educators.

It is recommended that your Educators have undertaken both the Introduction and Recap and Expansion before completing this training. This is to ensure they are confident in assisting your parents with the practical’s they will be leading during training.

For Parent and Carer Key Word Sign training that can be undertaken by your families at any time please click here.

What’s Included

Training

The parent and educator Children’s KWS training is undertaken over three hours.

During the Parent and Educator Key Word Sign training the following topics are covered:

• What is Children’s Key Word Sign?
• History of Key Word Sign
• Key Differences between Auslan and Key Word Sign
• How to Sign with practicals
• Recognising First Signs
• Benefits of Key Word Sign
• Implementing Key Word Sign in your home
• Creating a Signing Vocabulary for your child
• Language Facilitation Techniques and practicals
• Common Barriers to Success
• Where to Find New Signs

This session is very hands on and includes practicals including learn through play, how to read a book with key word signs and adding signs to songs.

This training meets the Kindy Uplift priority areas of:

• inclusion and responsive
• Social and emotional
• Executive language
• Oral Language and Literacy.

If you are looking for mathematical and numeracy resources please check out our Key Word Sign and Mathematics training.

Throughout the training we cover over 100+ Key Word Signs purposefully selected for first signs to use within the homes. These sign topics include Starter Signs, Feelings Signs, Colours, Core & Fringe signs.  You have opportunities to practice your new skills and even learn some signed songs.

On completion of the training all participants receive a Children’s Key Word Sign Certificate.

Key Word Sign Resources

The resources included in this package are for the parents. Below are the resources provided to the parents:

A3 Starter Key Word Sign Poster
6 month access to Baby Sign App
Access to Parental Portal

$1,300

Includes up to 10 participants. The composition of parents and educators can be varied to suit your needs.

Extras

Additional participants can be purchased for $100pp, (resources for parents included).

Travel and accommodation costs not included, please contact us for travel costs

This training is designed for services who have completed the Introduction to Children’s Key Word Sign training but would benefit with some more support and refresh of the content.

During the 1 hour session, via Zoom, we provide an overarching recap of the original training, including what is Children’s KWS, how to sign and why signing is beneficial to your service. The training also recaps all the signs covered in the initial training.

An essential part of this training any barriers the service is facing that is holding them back in successfully implementing KWS.

This training is held via Zoom only

Pricing

$250

includes up to 10 educators

This training is available to services that have completed the Introduction to Children’s Key Word Sign and provides a more in-depth look at Key Word Sign and more hands-on practice for your Educators.

It is only available to Educators that have completed the initial training and have started to implement KWS sign within their service.

What’s included

Training

The Children’s KWS Recap and Expansion training is undertaken over three hours. This is completed either in person (in one session), or over two online sessions (on zoom) with each training lasting approximately one hour and 30 minutes.

The Recap includes:

• What is KWS, How to Sign and When to Sign
• First Signs
• Core and Fringe Signs
• Feelings Signs
• Benefits
• Recap of Signs in the Introduction to CKWS training

The Expansion Includes:

• Communication Stages of Children
• Child Directing Signing
• Prioritising Gestures
• Signing with Stories – Practicals
• Creating a Signing Environment
• Language Facilitation Techniques – Practicals
• Singing Songs with Signs – Practicals

Many of the techniques covered in this session emphasise the integration of Key Word Sign (KWS) during child-led play, with hands-on activities reinforcing the signs. These practical approaches can be readily applied within your childcare service.

This training meets the Kindy Uplift priority areas of:

• inclusion and responsive
• Social and emotional
• Executive language
• Oral Language and Literacy.

If you are looking for mathematical and numeracy resources please check out our Key Word Sign and Mathematics training.

On completion of the training all participants receive a Children’s Key Word Sign Recap and Expansion certificate. Please note for online participants the Educator must have attended BOTH sessions to receive a certificate.

Physical Key Word Sign Resources

This training offers 15 Communication Boards (physical and digital copies) designed for play and emotional well-being. Each board features symbols on one side and Key Word Signs on the other. Additionally, every board includes a QR code linking to video tutorials demonstrating all the signs featured. Topics covered include:

• Art
• Blocks
• Crafts
• Doll’s Play
• Dress Up
• Emotions
• Meal Time
• Music

• Outdoor Play
• Play Dough
• Sand Play
• Shop Play
• Transport Play
• Water Play
• What’s Wrong

To assist with further implementation of Children’s KWS within your service we provide you with “A Year of Signs”. We provide you with 52 A4 cards with 2 signs on each. They are designed to assist your service implement 2 signs-a-week. They include a mixture of core and fringe words, as well as themed weeks including Christmas, Halloween, Valentines’ Day and Mother’s Day.

Each card includes a QR code that takes you to video tutorials for the sign of the week.

Also include is instructions on what Key Word Sign is, when we recommend the signs are used and downloadable Communication Action Plans to encourage your Educator’s to consider when they will implement the signs during the week.

Included in your physical resources is our Farm Themed Pack, designed to captivate young learners. This ensures that you engage children in Key Word Sign by incorporating fun signs that pique their interest. This pack features:

• A charming Farm Themed Children’s Book complete with Key Word Signs
• An enchanting Farm Themed Song Book accompanied by Key Word Signs
• Farm Themed Flashcards showcasing 24 Key Word Signs
• An A3 Farm Animal Poster

Each of these products is complemented by QR codes, providing convenient access to video tutorials and sing-along sign demonstrations.

Digital Key Word Sign Resources

ELS Recap and Expansion

Online Portal

Includes the recap of the presentation and access to your online resources.

Communication Board Sign Tutorials

Access to sign tutorial for the Communication Boards

A Year of Signs Tutorials

Access to sign tutorials for all signs in your ‘Year of Signs’ Pack

Farm Themed Pack Sign Tutorials

Access to sign tutorials for all signs in your Farm Themed Pack and Sing-and-Sign Videos for the song book.

$1,300

includes up to 10 educators

Extras

Additional participants can be purchased for $80pp, each participant receives a participation certificate.

Travel and accommodation costs not included, please contact us for travel costs

Key Word Sign and Mathematics

What’s included

Training

The KWS and mathematics training is undertaken over one hours via zoom (can be in person on request).

During the Key Word Sign and mathematic training the following topics are covered:

• Recap of Children’s Key Word Sign and it’s characteristics.
• Overview of mathematics and gesture research.
• Progression of spacial mathematical concepts by children.
• Importance of spacial and positional concepts.
• 20 Positional Language Key Word Signs.
• Learn songs with positional language with Key Word Signs.
• Learn how to read children’s book with positional Key Word Signs.
• Discussion of Service implementation (routine, games).
• Resource walkthrough.

This training meets the priority areas of mathematics and numeracy of the Kindy Uplift.



Throughout the training we cover 20 spacial / positional Key Word Signs purposefully selected for aiding mathematical concept acquisition by children. You have opportunities to practice these new Key Word Signs and practice through some positional signed songs and story.

On completion of the training all participants receive a Children’s Key Word Sign certificate.

Physical Resources

Flashcards

Contains 20 positional / spacial key word signs.

Communicational board

Includes the 20 key word signs for positional / spacial words to encourage use of the signs during play.

Sing and Sign Book

Includes 10 songs with positional words and their corresponding key word signs.

Children’s Story Sign Book

Follow Pebbles the Seagull on his adventure. The children’s key word sign story book contains 2 key word signs for the positional language used on each page.

A3 Maths Key Word Sign

Poster includes the 20 key word sign for mathematical positional and spacial words.

Digital Resources

Online Portal with recap of the presentation and links to all the digital resources.

Video tutorials of all the mathematic spacial key word signs.

This webpages provides you with the narrated story of Pebbles the Seagull with all the positional / spacial key word signs included.

This song and sign webpage provides you with the 10 songs in the sign and sing Key Word Sign Early Maths Song Book. It provides you with both instructional videos for the signs in the song and sing and sign along videos.

Pricing

$550

includes up to 10 educators and one set of the Early Maths resources

Extras

Additional participants can be purchased for $40pp, each participant receives a participation certificate.

Please contact us for the in-person option and travel costs

Introduction to Children’s Key Word Sign – for Schools

What’s included

Training

This Children’s Key Word Sign training is designed for Schools, both mainstream and Special Schools. For mainstream schools we highly recommend Prep and Year 1 teachers and other staff participate.

The Children’s KWS training is undertaken over three hours. This is can be either in person or live online (via Zoom) and online training can either be one 3 hour or two x 1.5 hour sessions.   Due to the session being highly interactive we recommend in-person training but can do live online if that suits your school staff better.

During the Key Word Sign training the following topics are covered:

• What is Children’s Key Word Sign?
• History of Key Word Sign
• Key Differences between Auslan and Key Word Sign
• How to Sign
• Recognising First Signs
• Benefits of Key Word Sign
• Implementing Key Word Sign in your School Setting
• Language Facilitation Techniques
• Common Barriers to Success
• Where to Find New Signs
• Walkthrough of Resources

Throughout the training we cover over 100+ Key Word Signs purposefully selected for Schools these include Classroom signs, Feelings signs, Emotional regulation signs, Core and other Fringe signs.  You have opportunities to practice your new skills through a variety of practicals.

On completion of the training all participants receive a Children’s Key Word Sign certificate. Please note for online participants the Teachers must have attended BOTH sessions to receive a certificate.

Physical Key Word Sign Resources

Classroom Key Word Sign Poster

This resource contains 16 Key Word Sign relating to equipment commonly found in the classroom including pen, book, iPad, scissors, glue, pencil case.

School Key Word Sign Core Vocabulary Book

This resource contains over 180 Key Word Signs that are useful and frequently used with a school environment. It is inspired by Frizzle et al (2023) school core vocabulary (we have no association with the research only inspired by).

School Key Word Sign Lanyard Cards x 10

These lanyard cards contain useful key word sign for teachers. They contain pictures on one side with signs on the other.

Communication Boards

A set of 5 communication boards with key word signs. Including Feelings, What’s Wrong, Arts and Crafts (including colours) and Blocks.

Digital Key Word Sign Resources

School Online Portal

Provides teachers with access to a recap of the presentation and links to video tutorials for the signs covered during the training.

School Lanyard Signs – Video Tutorials

Provides you with video tutorials for all Key Word Signs contained in the School Lanyard Cards.

Core Vocabulary – Video Tutorials

Provides you with the video tutorials for all Key Word Signs contained in the Core Vocabulary Book.

Classroom Signs – Video Tutorials

Provides you with the video tutorials for all Key Word Signs contained on the Classroom Poster.

Communication Board – Video Tutorials

Provides you with the video tutorials for the signs contained on each Communication Board.

$1,300

Includes up to 10 participants and one set of ‘Classroom Resources’

Additional Information

Additional participants can be purchased for $85pp, each participant receives a set of Lanyard flashcards and participation certificate.

Additional ‘Classroom Resource’ packs can be purchased at $155 a pack.  The package includes a Classroom poster, School Core Vocabulary Book, 5 Communication Boards and set of lanyard cards.

Travel and accommodation costs not included, please contact us for travel costs.