CONFIDENTLY DOCUMENT EVERY STEP OF THE PLANNING CYCLE.
Every Single Month!
And BECOME the Empowered Educator that easily shows evidence of an ongoing, organised system and simple steps that consistently link observations and reflections to your program and close the documentation loop!
Without the second guessing, the anxiety, the frustrating 'what do I do next 'moments and the hours spent writing something that no-one seems to look at anyway!
If you are an early years educator, leader, assistant or coordinator, you probably already know that at the end of the day, being a confident and motivated early years educator doesn't just come down to how much you do or don't write, the certificates and diplomas you hold, your organisation skills or how many times you write a reflection and display a program with every box ticked on your noticeboard. It can be difficult to remember this sometimes though can't it - especially when you are not feeling good enough in your role anymore?
Sure those things do come together to have an overall impact on your work and well-being but they don't give you the label of 'good' or 'bad' educator.
Believing the myth that there is only one magical way to plan and program for early learning and giving up on the wonderful work you do with children because you feel like a failure at just 1 PART of your job will though!
The REAL reason you end up feeling overwhelmed and lacking in confidence as an educator is this...
You know you are awesome when it comes to creating activities , nurturing and engaging with the children but when it comes to paperwork and planning requirements you don't understand WHY you have to do so much or HOW to even get it all done in the time you have and on top of all that, someone is always asking to see 'evidence' of your planning cycle with everything nicely 'linked' together even though it hasn't been explained clearly HOW to do that!!
Is it any wonder you are ready to give up?
After 30 years in the early childhood and family services professions I have felt the EXACT same way as you over the years. In fact, I actually went back to uni and studied a Bachelor in Human Services as I couldn't take the stress and poor pay of being in childcare anymore! But I went back a few years later...WHY? Because I love working with children and I'm good at what I do - and I'm pretty confident that you are too and want to keep trying or you wouldn't have spent your valuable time watching my workshop online or clicking over to this page!
As an educator I know you always start out each week with the best of intentions whether you have years of experience or just a few weeks.....
Yep you 'know' all this but these 'knowings' are causing you to feel overwhelmed, frustrated and possibly no longer good enough no matter what you do....when did all this paperwork become more important than just playing and being present with the children in your care anyway?
“To become an empowered, motivated and fulfilled early years educator you first need to stop trying to do everything at once all of the time!”
With the right step by step support and tools covering literally EVERYTHING you need to know about how to observe, reflect, forward plan, write a play based program and set up learning environments while still spending the majority of your time with the children in your care and doing what you do best - you will be back to your empowered and motivated self before you know it!
Is Doubt Creeping In?
You used to love this job but you are beginning to wonder if you want to keep going with all these new documentation requirements and expectations.
Perhaps you are happy with some of your planning but struggle to bring all the steps together and show how all this writing is actually useful to anyone other than your coordinator or assessor!
You might be wondering why other educators seem to have it all sorted but you always feel behind even if you know you are good at what you do.
You might have found yourself researching other jobs you can use your current skills , experience and qualifications for because childcare suddenly seems like to much work for the pay you receive.
Maybe you are at the point of no longer caring that you don't even understand that template or app you have been told you have to use.. "who cares if I don't really understand what I'm writing about to fill in the spaces - I just need to tick off those outcome boxes and cover myself!"
Any of the above sound familiar to you? Thought so! How do I know that?
Because I have felt that way too. Other educators around the world have felt some of those too and I know that because I receive emails from them everyday asking for help or telling me they are ready to give up on the job they once loved! Perhaps you are one of those educators who has asked for some help as you realise you are slowly losing the enthusiasm you once had for your work.
You feel this way because you are human - NOT because you aren't good enough as an educator!
You feel this way because...
You need to learn all this without having access to an unlimited supply of motivation, time or patience.
You don't have time for 'here is just one piece of the puzzle' or missed steps that leave you right back where you are now.
Been there done that - didn't work did it?
So let's make a change!
Are you ready to take part in a proven, step by step plan to make your programming , documentation and assessment not only easier to understand but faster to complete that ultimately leaves you with more time to spend with the children again?
If you are still reading this with me....
....I know you want to enjoy your work as an educator again.
....I know you want to finally take control of the paperwork side of your role and feel confident again.
....I know you want the waiting list that continues to build, the extra time to spend engaged with the children AND those Sunday afternoons where you sit down with the family and socialise rather than filling in forms and checking off boxes.
....I know you are willing to invest the time and energy as long as you are 110% confident that those actions will reliably produce life changing results for you.
....I know you're committed to 'doing the work' as long as you have the right plan of action and simple steps to follow that leave nothing out and nothing to chance!
And that's why I'm so excited to invite you to join me in my popular Planning Made Simple Quick Course for Early Childhood Educators!
The most comprehensive , go at your own pace, empowering, COMPLETE at home training program of it's kind, specifically created for early Childhood Educators all over the world who want to make their planning easier!
Programming Made Simple for Educators is the 'no tech skills needed' online course that takes you step by step through the essentials of how to complete every step of the documentation cycle AND give you the simple to follow plan to get back out from behind that desk, spend more time engaging and growing with the children, feel less burnt out and get your work mojo and confidence back simply by better utilising the capacity for learning that you have and the things you already do well!
What will I get when I access this course?
If you are a visual learner with limited time for professional development then you will appreciate the flexibility, practical resources and guidance this training provides!
You get access to EVERYTHING immediately after joining including :
The Entire Programming Made Simple Course
(Total Value $1147)
5 x Self-Paced Video Modules to watch and rewatch!
Certificate for 5 hours Professional Development.
E-Books, Communication Books, Checklists.
Action Guides with steps for each module
Planning Templates & Printables
Reflection Strategies and Tips
Bonus Video Vault
Communication & Collaboration Tools
Do a little bit here and there or all in one go - the choice is yours!!
By the end of this course you will have learnt:
How to Modify & Personalise Planning
Find your Personal Programming Style and create a documentation system that actually works for you.
How to Close the Planning Loop
Identify and understand each step of the planning cycle and how it comes together to form an overall documentation system.
What Observation Format to Use
Understand the different child observation methods and how to write a meaningful observation
How to Meet EYLF Outcomes
Meet EYLF outcomes without needing to write confusing codes, numbers, symbols and checkboxes on your program
How to Link Documentation
Simply link all of your observations, analysis and forward planning together to show evidence of an ongoing system of documentation.
Time Management Skills
Make the most effective use of your time, templates and tools.
How to Analyse & Evaluate Learning
Interpret and analyse observations to guide your forward planning
How to Reflect & Show Evidence
Set up and implement a system of program reflection that takes only minutes every week
How to Save Time With Portfolios
Better understand the intention of child portfolios and if using them is necessary or time effective
Communicate & Collaborate
Use parent communication strategies to save documentation time and increase engagement
You don't want (or need) to reinvent the wheel and change everything you are doing...you just need some help to build on your current strengths and skills - especially with the planning and time management side of things... and Programming Made Simple will show you HOW to do that....quickly.
It's your time to start planning without the overwhelm and with the confidence and back to basics support you need to keep it that way! Your next action is simply to follow the step by step pathway that’s been working for hundreds of early childhood educators from literally every corner of the world.
What are other educators saying about this course?
Kirsty now feels more confident & empowered..
"This was an excellent course. It helped clarify a few things for me, I learnt some new things and made me more relaxed about some of my planning methods. Thank you, Jodie, for helping me feel more confident and "empowered" in this area. I also really loved the way you presented the information- with pictorial examples of everything YOU do and making it clear that it is ok to have your own style."
Julie now knows she can justify her planning..
"Made me feel more confident in myself and what I am doing already. Now I know I can justify how I am planning, what I am doing and why to anyone who enquires about my planning and programming."
Marie now has lots of ideas to share with her scheme..
"Great that you have worked in so many different aspects of the sector and that your research stems from years of experience. Lots of ideas given to refine what we are doing in our scheme. Thank you"
“I was feeling overwhelmed and struggling every week.. This was causing me anxiety when it was my programming time , and due to this I was second guessing EVERYTHING I had written .I feel much more empowered now .... and yes! I was on the right track !!!”
What is inside the Programming Made Simple Program?
No Jargon. No Pressure. No Time Wasting!
Just simple tips and explanations from an educator who has been in your shoes and knows what works.....because I have felt the frustration and overwhelm too.
That's why I created the tools and time savers in the first place - to make life easier for me!!
And now I'm sharing them with you through the video sessions in:
Programming Made Simple
Session 1 : Simplify the Planning Cycle Steps.
In this session I walk you through not only HOW to meet each of the planning steps including observations, reflection, forward planning, extending learning and analysis of learning but also WHY we complete these steps and WHAT they mean!
Session 2: Simplify Recording Observations.
In this session we explore different observation types and formats, the number of observations required, why 'meaningful' makes your forward planning easier and the questions you can ask to help you identify and analyse the learning that took place and any outcomes achieved.
In a new bonus section just added to session 2 you will find tips for planning with a 0-2 years age group, Multi-age group, OSHC as well as the 3-5 years age group. You will also find the templates and guides you need to walk you step by step through the observation step.
Session 3 : Simplify Reflective Practice.
In this session I share the information you need to confidently tell the difference between reflection and critical reflection and how to use both approaches in your everyday work.
I show you how to set up a consistent reflection cycle that doesn't take a lot of time out of your week, informs your forward planning, helps you to set goals and gain access to professional development opportunities!
Session 4 : Simplify Forward Planning.
In this session I show you how to utilise the different sources of assessment and documentation you are probably already collecting, organise them for easy access and then use this information to consistently inform your planning, help setup your learning environments, extend a child's interests, strengths and skills and save you programming time.
I give you ideas linking together observations, analysis and family communication to form a simple but effective system
Session 5 : Simplify Closing the Loop.
This is the session we bring it all together with clear examples and a step by step review of the main learning areas we have covered in each session.
I also give you some simple time management tips along with organisation printables, bonus videos and an action guide to ensure you come away feeling motivated and ready to start making some changes to simplify your planning....and ultimately save you time and a whole lot of stress!
About Your Course Presenter,
Jodie has had 30 years hands on experience in the early childhood profession and already supported and mentored thousands of educators with their work through her popular website The Empowered Educator & Member Hub for Educators as well as practical blog posts, activity ideas, factsheets, free e-guides, online training, Facebook Community, webinars and e-books.
Jodie has worked in many different roles across the human services and early childhood professions including Case Manager, Project Officer, FDC Coordinator and Educator, Occasional Care, Outside School Hours Care, Family Support Manager, IHC Coordinator, Room Leader, Director, Assistant in centre based care and training facilitator to name just a few, so it's likely she has already walked in similar shoes to your own! Jodie knows what is helpful to educators because she is one too!
By offering this video course Jodie is now able to take you step by step through the basics of documentation and what you really need to know to finally get on top of your programming and back to what you actually want to be doing!
You will leave the course with plenty of actionable ideas to try and be inspired by photo examples, handouts, mini guides, checklists, templates and tools.
What are other educators saying on their course evaluation forms?
“Explained in easy to understand steps without any jargon..”
EARLY YEARS ASSISTANT.
“I wish that I had a magic wand to go back in time and do it 5 years ago!”
FAMILY DAYCARE EDUCATOR
“Lots of fantastic ideas to go back and reflect on with my educators."
“Very simple wording and straight forward.”
“I'm so glad I did the training, I nearly didn't sign up”
FAMILY DAYCARE EDUCATOR
“You made it very clear that programming does not need to be so complicated and I can just keep it simple.”
OCCASIONAL CARE COORDINATOR
“Thank you Jodie, I think I finally feel confident to fulfill the complete planning cycle!
FAMILY DAYCARE EDUCATOR
“ You helped me to step back & rethink how I was using the planning cycle!
OCCASIONAL CARE EDUCATOR
“Very thorough and well presented!”
FAMILY DAYCARE COORDINATOR
“Even though I have been an educator for 20.5 years I never felt confident or had the tools to complete the planning cycle, what I learnt from the training was I was only doing half of what is required, now I feel confident completing it. Thank you so much”
FAMILY DAYCARE EDUCATOR
Join Confident Programming Made Simple Today:
ALL VIDEOS, TEMPLATES, PRINTABLES & E-BOOKS + EMAIL SUPPORT & CERTIFICATE
When you add it all up that's a total value of over $1147!
But because I know what we educators get paid (and frankly, it leaves little for quality professional development opportunities!) on top of the added stress of the recent coronavirus crisis now forcing many of us to be stuck at home and unable to do our regular work with the children...I felt it was really important to make this course affordable and accessible to all educators.
So let's take this forced time of isolation and turn it into a positive by using that time to simplify your planning, organise that paperwork and check off some professional development hours from the comfort of home before you head back to work!
To achieve that goal - I'm giving you this opportunity to join us inside Programming Made Simple for the special promo price of just...$147
SELF- ISOLATION special
“Your presentation was very informative and I understood lots I am currently avoiding, thanks again”
SUE O - EDUCATOR
“It was really helpful hearing about the planning cycle and not just reading it and making my own assumptions, having it explained verbally really helps”
KARLIEN S - EDUCATOR
“This was really valuable for me - I enjoy all the learning ideas and examples shared and I also feel the training is more valuable when done by someone that has been IN the field”
FAMILY DAYCARE EDUCATOR
What others have asked before saying yes..
What if I’m not very good with computers or tech devices?
Awesome! Why? Because I set this course up with you in mind! I’ve kept it as simple as possible – if you can click a big red button you are good to go!
And I’m not trying to be flippant with you - I know from talking regularly to my Empowered Ed Member Hub Subscribers that being asked to do something online can send a shiver down your spine because it’s SO out of your comfort zone and you don’t want to look silly or feel frustrated. But you are certainly not alone in that feeling and I totally get that!
That’s why I send you emails to show you how to log in and get started. Why I set up a special ‘help me’ page that has videos where I walk you through some simple yet common questions like how to download and save your certificates! There are even videos showing you how to set up programming folders and digital portfolios….nothing fancy, just the way I have done my own!
In the unlikely event you find yourself still having difficulty with something, I’ll even record a personal step by step walkthrough video for you so your question is always answered (and never seen as silly)!
Rather than saying ‘you should know how to do this’ I see ‘not being good with computers’ as just another way I can simplify your work and grow your skills - let’s face it…computers are not going anywhere soon…but I can help you to use them for your programming and professional development needs ;-)
What if I’m told I have to do my planning in a specific way by my coordinator or director using only their digital tools or templates?
Sure, it would be awesome to go into Programming Made Simple knowing you could create your own system to use right now. But your success in understanding the back to basics steps and a growth in your skills to use throughout your career certainly won’t depend on it.
There’s a crazy myth in our profession that you have to have a perfectly organised planning routine and associated templates that check off all boxes every week and you need to then stick with that rigidly – especially if it was handed to you by someone who is seemingly more qualified or experienced in this area. But in reality, that’s just one of MANY ways for you to meet the requirements of the planning cycle.
In Video 1 of Programming Made Simple you’ll learn what the steps of the planning cycle really mean, how to recognise what works best for you and create your own methods and style EVEN if you are currently being told to do it in a way that suits another educator better.
I call it finding your ‘personal programming style’, and it’s the perfect way to feel more confident in your own skills and approach to learning. Programming Made Simple will give you the knowledge and the empowered voice to explain WHY something works better for you and HOW you can still meet all requirements …but in a more effective way.
How many hours am I going to have to spend on this course? – I’m flat out trying to get everything done as it is. I’m just not sure I can fit this in!
Programming Made Simple is self-paced!
Once you register, you’ll receive your confirmation email within minutes and have instant access to all 5 Video Training Sessions (plus all of the handouts, resources and tools that accompany each video) so that you can begin simplifying your planning and writing less at whatever speed your current situation allows.
This course is not meant to add to your overwhelm, the goal is to make life easier and less stressful for you! I’m not keeping track of how often you log in or how many videos you watch…this is your personal learning journey and you are unique! We all have different needs vying for our time so some weeks you might watch 2 videos – other weeks none. Perhaps you get started then leave it for a few months and dive back in when you feel you have the time. Perhaps you decide you don’t need the action guides but enjoy using the templates and reading the e-guides. You have full access to everything for a year so there is no need for you to stress about rushing through everything (but it’s all there ready for you so you can if you want – be my guest!)
To be frank with you. You don’t need to answer to anyone about how long it takes you to work through the course and develop your planning cycle. You simply need real strategies, tips and tools….and lots of support along the way!
I’ve seen other training sessions and resources online that tell me I need to do observations, forward planning, reflection and analysis of learning. Does Programming Made Simple do that?
Yes, it certainly does. But here’s the thing. Being able to use pretty planning templates for your learning stories, compile a learning journal that is creative enough to be worthy of a spot in the local art gallery or recite the names of each step of the planning cycle to your leader doesn’t actually mean you understand WHY you have to do these steps or HOW you could make them easier and more meaningful to you and the children in your care. Programming Made Simple will ensure you fully understand the WHY & HOW…..without needing to grasp any complicated steps and jargon.
I want to take a sec to remind you that what educators are doing inside Programming Made Simple is building an entire programming system that works more effectively for them first and foremost…and it’s built on simplicity and by going back to the basics rather than dismissing them!
Instead of feeling frustrated or resentful that you HAVE to do paperwork, you will gain an understanding of why and how to make it work better for you – knowledge that will be helpful throughout the rest of your early childhood career – no matter what changes to current frameworks, principles or standards evolve. I’ve worked in early childhood for over 30 years now so I know that the basics of the planning cycle remain consistent and relevant. You need to know how to do it – not matter your role or level of experience. You just do!
Will I really have time to meet each step of the planning cycle?
In short, the busier you are, the MORE you need a simple, step by step, time generating, planning system in your work as an educator. And I get it.
You’re a super busy educator with a million things (and maybe even with children of your own to look after as well ) on your plate. That’s why Programming Made Simple was built with one thing in mind:
Fulfilment. Helping you to get the practical stuff done and making real progress rather than just disappearing down some theory rabbit hole!
I’ve laid out all the steps in crystal clear fashion so that you don’t have to worry about being your own leader or manager.
I’ve made it easy to dive in and out of the sessions. You can press play or pause on the videos as often as you need!
All you need to do is block off a little time here and there as you can, to follow the step-by-step processes that will guide you towards setting up your own simplified and ongoing planning cycle system – one that actually makes sense to you!
Can you remind me what I’m getting when I register for the course TODAY:
Of course :)
When you register today you'll immediately get access to:
The FULL Programming Made Simple course with access to all 5 1 hour video sessions, templates, resource guides, e-books, action plans, and every tool you need to create your planning cycle system with confidence and ease. You will be writing observations, analysing learning and forward planning like a pro before you know it – and have the 5-hour professional development certificate to prove it to others!
And of course, your questions answered personally by me via email so you never feel alone on this journey and get the individual support you need.
What will you choose to simplify first?
All of the handouts and planning tools in Programming Made Simple are based on REAL resources that I have created for use in my own work over the years and after listening to fellow educators tell me what they are struggling with. I've used them across various roles and different service types including Family Day Care, Long Day Care Centres and Outside School Hours Care. They help me to simplify yet still cover what I need to and that's how I know that all of the tools you will receive access to in Programming Made Simple will do that for you too because I'm there in the videos showing you how to use them to help you put the strategies and tips I'm giving you into action in your own unique way!
Still a little unsure if this will help you?
My aim is to help you clarify, simplify and come out feeling more confident in your work - just like I do through my blog posts, social media posts and videos shared in the Empowered Ed worldwide community.
An awesome crowd of empowered educators, leaders, assistants and coordinators have already pushed the doors open to the Programming Made Simple Course in the past 3 years to see how they can simplify their planning and those educators saw how to spend less time writing while still meeting every step of the planning cycle right from the first few video sessions alone!
Take a look below and see if any of the areas listed are those you would like help to simplify too. Perhaps you have already been doing a few of them but are not really sure how to bring them together or make them meaningful - without spending hours on paperwork! Then this is definitely the course for you!
What would you like to be easier?
I walk you through the HOW by giving you:
“I GET IT!!! I can finally see the steps and HOW to action them!”
YES! I'M FEELING EMPOWERED & READY!
SELF ISOLATION special
If I Can Do This So Can You!
I want to let you know something Empowered Ed's...I’m not extra special. Not better than you. I’ve never had access to exclusive consultants, ‘easy’ groups of children, unlimited time or fancy resources. Through trial and error I created simple tools and systems that made work easier for me based on over 30 years practical, hands-on (often tearful)experiences in early childhood across a variety of roles. You don’t need to be an expert or love paperwork – that’s not me either so if I can do this so can you. You just need a roadmap like this course to follow and a little support along the way!
Let's Do This Empowered Ed!