Extend the Thinking Skills of Young Children

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This course will help you enrich the learning of children in your care by providing opportunities to explore, discover and problem solve. You’ll discover how to develop their higher order thinking skills so they can undertake learning adventures that ignite their interest, support their skills and promote their sense of self worth.

You’ll learn:

  • The stages of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
  • How to use open-ended questions to guide play-based learning.
  • How to create open-ended learning experiences.
  • How to download EYLF teaching resources.

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This course will take you 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks. You will have ongoing access.


This course is on-demand and for private study. Learn at your own pace and at times that suit you. Get a certificate when you finish.


Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF):

  • Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
  • Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

National Quality Standard (NQS) – Quality Area 1:

  • 1.1.1 – contribute to each child’s learning
  • 1.1.2 – current knowledge, abilities and interests are fostered and respected
  • 1.1.3 – routines are organised to maximise child’s learning opportunities
  • 1.1.6 – each child’s agency is promoted


This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Graduate Teacher – all states and territories
2.5.1 – Know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application
in teaching areas.
3.3.1 – Include a range of teaching strategies.
3.4.1 – Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engages students in their learning

Proficient Teacher – all states and territories
2.5.2 – Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.
3.3.2 – Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
3.4.2 – Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

Highly Accomplished Teacher – all states and territories except for NSW
2.1.3 Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.
3.3.3 Support colleagues to select and apply effective teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
3.4.3 Assist colleagues to create, select and use a wide range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

This course is accredited by TQI for 2 hours professional development for teachers in the ACT.



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Cool Australia is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher.



Heather Kerr
Heather Kerr helped to write this course. Heather is an early childhood educator who has been recognised as an innovative and exemplary practitioner. She has worked in early childhood for almost four decades as a teacher, deputy principal, parent- infant programme facilitator and outdoor environment coordinator. Heather has worked with hearing impaired, speech and language delayed children and mainstream. As an educator she is interested in language and speech development and its connection to thinking and learning and in creating rich, authentic learning experiences for young children.


Chris Vella
Chris Vella from Cool Australia is your course teacher. He has worked in the education sector for over 10 years as a classroom teacher and educational consultant. He has also worked at Western Sydney University. Chris loves getting creative with education and supporting others to do the same.



As a not-for-profit organisation all revenue from our Professional Development courses is reinvested into providing teachers with the resources to become the designers of exceptional learning.


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