Professional Development

We are now offering supported programs where you can purchase sufficient resources to operate the program across classes/groups together with Professional Development training, follow up support and additional planning resources and templates. To order your supported program and to book a time for your professional development session click here

Animal Fun e-Learning Course

Whilst we are proudly Western Australian, Perth is one of the most geographically isolated capital cities in the world so it has been a real challenge to be able to deliver Animal Fun Professional Development training to everyone who is implementing the program.

Consequently, I have developed this e-Learning Course which will cover all of the information I deliver in person, but in an electronic format of short videos.

There are 16 Lessons which cover the rationale for the program and the evidenced-based research which supports the effectiveness of Animal Fun. I lead you through a selection of activities from each of the 9 modules with lots of hints and tips for easy implementation. I discuss how you can involve parents as partners with the Animal [email protected] book and also provide you with some free downloadable posters and templates to assist you with program planning and documentation requirements.

The program takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete and annual licences can be purchased for individuals or for groups.

If purchasing a number of licenses for a group – at registration you will select a group leader who will have certain administration rights to assign individual licences to various staff members and this group leader will also be able to monitor the progress and completion rates of those individual licenses.

All licences will grant you 12 months access to the training program from the date of purchase and will renew automatically – you will receive a reminder close to the renewal time so that you can opt out if you so choose.

To preview the program and to help you decide if it is for you, please view the short montage from some of the modules below:

Click here to purchase access to the Animal Fun e-Learning course

Meerkat Program: Short and Sweet

Suitable for groups of 4-10 staff with resources for 1-2 classes.

Participants will learn about the benefits of the Animal Fun Program: Improving Motor Skills and Social Skills in young children and how it can be easily integrated into the classroom routines and curriculum.

The workshop will also cover the rationale and research conducted by Curtin University into the effectiveness of the program.

Plus, ideas on how to engage parents in supporting the work being done in the classroom.

Session Includes:

  • 1 hour interactive workshop with Sue McLaren, Director of Animal Fun
  • 1 x Complete Pack of Animal Fun Resources
  • 1 x Additional Pack of Animal Fun Activity Cards

Valued at $700 – Special Package Price $650 (+GST)

Zebra Program: Sturdy and Strong

Suitable for 10-15 staff with resources for 3-4 classes

Participants will learn about the benefits of the Animal Fun Program: Improving Motor Skills and Social Skills in Young Children and how it can be easily integrated into the classroom routines and curriculum.

  • What are the main issues you are challenged with and how can Animal Fun be part of the solution?
  • The rationale and research supporting the program.
  • What skills do we target and why?
  • How is motor skill development linked to academic achievement?
  • How can participating in Animal Fun help to reduce anxiety in children?

The Zebra Program Covers:

  • A comprehensive review of each of the 9 modules within the program.
  • Let’s have some fun: hints and tips for creative implementation.
  • Review of the reporting tools and suggestions for planning.
  • Discover how to involve parents as partners (EYLF)

Session Includes:

  • 2 x Complete Packs of Animal Fun Resources
  • 2 x Additional Sets of Activity Cards
  • 1.5 hour interactive workshop for up to 15 staff.

Valued at $1250 – Special Package Price $1150 (+GST)

Lion Program: King Of The JungleAnimal Fun Lion PD Program

Suitable for whole junior school Pre-K to Year 1 (Up to 30 staff)

Lion Program Covers:

  • What are the main issues you are challenged with and how can Animal Fun be part of the solution?
  • What were the health concerns that prompted the need for a program such as Animal Fun?
  • A detailed look at the research and evidence supporting the program.
  • What skills do we target and why?
  • How is motor skill development linked to academic achievement?
  • How can Animal Fun help to reduce anxiety in children?
  • How can Animal Fun help with attention and listening skills?
  • An overview of other current research.
  • A comprehensive review of the program with demonstrations of activities from each of the nine modules (some participation required).
  • Let’s have some fun – hints and tips for creative implementation.
  • Putting it into action – Develop a strategy and plan for your first two weeks.
  • Review the reporting tools in the program.
  • Discover how to involve parents as partners (EYLF)

Session Includes:

  • 4 x Complete Packs of Animal Fun Resources
  • 4 x Additional Sets of Activity Cards
  • 2 hour workshop with Sue McLaren (Director and Facilitator of Animal Fun)
  • 1 x Parent Information Session: Sue will be available to present a 30 minute session on the Animal Fun Program to parents if required.
  • Phone and email support ongoing as required.

Valued at $2650 – Special Package Price $2400 (+GST)

Hear what Animal Fun users say about the Program!
È un programma fantastico per i bambini dell’asilo e della materna. Ottime attività per migliorare le capacità motorie, la resistenza, la stabilità, la locomozione e tanto altro! Attività che si possono fare sotto forma di transizioni, lezioni brevi e lezioni complete. Bellissimo! Vivamente consigliato per sviluppare le capacità motorie della classe. La mia classe lo adora e ogni giorno non vedo l’ora di fare lezione; il divertimento e le risate che ne derivano sono un valore aggiunto.
TarrynMaestra d'asiloAustralia occidentale
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