Event banner: Guiding Children’s Behaviour – regulation, respect and relationships

Join Catharine Hydon, Associate Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett, early education researchers and Victorian educators in an online professional learning program focussing on guiding children’s behaviour.

In this series of four live webinars, we will explore child development, co-regulation, dysregulation, and tools to build children’s self-regulation to support the VEYLDF Learning and Development Outcomes.

These webinars will help educators develop skills to recognise and respond in the moment to children’s challenging behaviours, and better understand behaviour as communication, drawing on trauma informed approaches. Using the VEYLDF Practice Principles, we will explore the roles of educators and the learning environment in promoting and supporting pro-social and positive behaviour, as well as when, and how, to escalate concerns about behaviour with families and other professionals.

Webinar dates

Webinars Dates Time
Webinar 1: Catharine Hydon and Associate Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett Monday 31 May 2021 3.30 pm–4.30 pm AEST
Webinar 2: Panel with Leanne Mits, Sally Quantrelle, Teigan Leonard Tuesday 8 June 2021 3.30 pm–4.30 pm AEST
Webinar 3: Catharine Hydon and Associate Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett Thursday 17 June 2021 3.30 pm–4.30 pm AEST
Webinar 4: Panel with Alexandra White and Associate Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett Thursday 24 June 2021 3.30 pm–4.30 pm AEST

This webinar series is complimentary to all Victorian educators.

Building on these webinars, up to 140 Victorian educators will be able to participate in an eight-week facilitated Community of Practice, where you will be supported to undertake project work and collaborative reflection to put the research and knowledge gained from the webinars into action.

Through the webinars and Community of Practice educators will:

  • explore aspects of child development including co-regulation, self-regulation and dysregulation and how they link to the VEYLDF Learning and Development Outcomes.
  • recognise when behaviour indicates a need to investigate other developmental concerns
  • draw on the VEYLDF Practice Principles to explore the role of educators in guiding and managing behaviour, including: managing challenging behaviour in the moment; and building learning contexts and environments that promote and support pro-social and positive behaviour
  • consider when behaviour is communication (drawing on trauma informed approaches), and
  • focus on when to escalate concerns and ways to communicate with families about behaviour.


To register for the Guiding Children’s Behaviour – regulation, respect and relationships webinars click here.

Enrolment in the Community of Practice is limited and by application only*. Educators interested in this opportunity will need to complete an application form outlining their current role, and their learning goals, and have the support of their service to participate in the Community of Practice. Please note that due to limited places all applications will be evaluated to ensure educators from across Victoria and from a range of service types are included.

The Department of Education and Training (Vic) will provide a contribution, to eligible services, towards hiring an early childhood professional to backfill a teaching staff member participating in the Community of Practice component of the professional learning for up to two days. Further information on applying for this contribution will be provided on completion of the Community of Practice.

*An anonymised review process will be used to ensure that educators from across Victoria and from a range of service types have access to this professional learning.

Hosted by

Catharine Hydon

Catharine Hydon is the Director and Principal Consultant at Hydon Consulting. Over the last 10 years she has worked at a range of organisations and governments to understand and articulate quality and inspire change. With a Masters in early childhood education, Catharine has extensive experience in the early childhood sector beginning as a teacher in a kindergarten program in the northern suburbs of Melbourne to lead roles in a range of services and projects for children and their families.

Catharine draws on her experience and ongoing practice research to consider how theory connects and informs practice. Specialising in early childhood practice and pedagogy, quality improvement, policy and governance, the delivery of integrated services to engage vulnerable children and their families.

Catharine’s involvement in the early childhood sector is an important part of her commitment to the outcomes for children. She is a long-time member of Early Childhood Australia (ECA) currently serving as the Co-chair of the Reconciliation Advisory Group and is a regular contributor in ECA publications. Catharine has been a member of the ECA Code of Ethics working group for the last two reviews and is a co-author on the recently published Ethics in Action Implementation guide. Catharine is a Board Member of the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) and has recently been appointed as a second tier reviewer for ACECQA.

Catharine is a dynamic speaker and collaborative facilitator and is skilled at engaging professionals in reflective dialogue and creative conversations.

Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett

Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett

Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett has been a lecturer and researcher in Child Development for over 25 years and is currently the Director of the Early Years and Director of Pedagogical Leadership, Early Start at the University of Wollongong. Cathrine has delivered workshops and invited addresses to parents, corporations and government bodies both in Australia and overseas. Her expertise includes development in early childhood, self-regulation and childhood socialisation, professional development and the promotion of quality early childhood education.

Cathrine is a regular contributor to online parenting and child development websites including Huggies, Kidslife, Parenting Ideas, DryNites, Essential Baby as well as parenting and lifestyle magazines. She has appeared on both the Today Show and A Current Affair and has been interviewed for numerous radio programs across Australia as well as newspaper articles both nationally and overseas.

Speakers and panellists

Leanne Mits, Pope Road Kindergarten, Blackburn
Leanne Mits is a kindergarten teacher with 30-plus years’ experience. Over the course of her career, she has taught in rural Victoria and Melbourne in a variety of settings including long day care, playgroups, kindergartens and TAFE. Leanne currently works full time at Pope Road Kindergarten—a community stand-alone kindergarten in Blackburn (Victoria)—as nominated supervisor, educational leader, and teacher for children aged 3–5 years. Leanne’s practice reflects learning and teaching through respectful relationships, participation, rights, and equity. In 2019, she was named Early Childhood Teacher of the Year in recognition of her unwavering commitment to early childhood learning.

Sally Quantrelle, Central Kindergarten, Warrnambool
Sally is an experienced teacher and director who currently leads a team of educators at Central Kindergarten, an exceeding service in Warrnambool (Victoria). She is passionate about early childhood development and early childhood education, and has been working in these fields for close to 35 years, both in Australia and internationally.

Teigan Leonard, Clinical Psychologist
Teigan’s passion is to help people be the best they can be. As a psychologist, she knows how much potential there is in every child and family and is passionate about providing the support to help unlock this potential. She loves seeing the excitement as children and families achieve things they didn’t think were possible—no matter how big or small.
Teigan graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Psychology) and a Master of Educational Developmental Psychology. She is an accredited supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.
She has completed additional training across multiple allied health areas, including Floortime, the Traffic Jam in my Brain program, Picture Exchange Communication System, the Learn to Play program and SleepAbility. She is an accredited Stepping Stones Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) facilitator and has developed and delivered a range of workshops for parents, educators and other professionals.
With a strong knowledge of the sector, Teigan was invited to present at the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into the National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2017.

Alexandra White, Echuca South Community Kindergarten, Echuca
Alex is in her sixth year of teaching at Echuca South Community Kindergarten, an exceeding service in Echuca. While completing her degree at LaTrobe University, Alex completed studies and placement in Umeå, Sweden as part of an international exchange. Alex believes that strong connections to culture and family support successful outcomes for children.


Webinar 1 with Catharine Hydon and Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett

Webinar 2: Panel with Leanne Mits, Sally Quantrelle, Teigan Leonard

Webinar 3 with Catharine Hydon and Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett

Webinar 4: Panel with Alexandra White and Associate Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett