Course Description

Mindful Behaviour Management in the Pre-School Years reflects a non-violent approach to Behaviour Management; it encourages a focus of teacher self-regulation through the practice of mindfulness meditation, as a method for enhancing compassionate presence with children who are engaging in disruptive behaviour.

The course also outlines general behaviour management strategies, as well as information about the potential function of challenging behaviours. 

The PD provides resources which aide in the functional assessment of challenging behaviour, a Being Angry Safely PDF, and outlines effective strategies for Crisis Management Planning.


  • Early Childhood Teachers
  • Early Childhood professionals
  • Assistant Principals (K/2)
  • Classroom Teachers (K/2)
  • Long Day Care Directors
  • Preschool Directors

Teaching Standards

4.1.2 Proficient Level - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments - Support student participation:   Establish and implement inclusive and positive interactions to engage and support all students in classroom activities,

4.2.2 Proficient Level - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments - Manage classroom activities:   Establish and maintain orderly and workable routines to create an environment where student time is spent on learning tasks,

4.3.2 Proficient Level - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments - Manage challenging behaviour:   Manage challenging behaviour by establishing and negotiating clear expectations with students, and address discipline issues promptly, fairly and respectfully

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Mindful Behaviour Management in the Pre-School Years will contribute 2 hours of NSW Education Standards Education Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing standard descriptors 3.5.3 from the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 - Introduction

    • Introduction to Mindful Behaviour Management in the Pre-school Years

    • Welcome from Karen Gilles-Reid

    • Aims and Objectives

  • 2

    Module 2 - Mindful Behaviour Management

    • Lesson 1 - Emotional Regulation

    • Being Supported to Cry

    • Study of Trauma and Dissociation

    • Mindfulness Enhances Presence

    • Task: Reflection on Emotional Regulation

    • Lesson 2 - Being Mindfully Present

    • Forgiveness, Compassion and Awareness

    • Task: Reflection on Being Mindfully Present

    • Lesson 3 - General Behaviour Management

    • Closed Choice and Time-In rather than Time-Out Strategies

    • Develop Rules with Pre-Schoolers

    • Task: Reflection on General Behaviour Management

  • 3

    Module 3 - Managing Challenging Behaviour

    • Lesson 4 - Challenging Behaviours - Part One

    • Task: Reflection on Challenging Behaviour - Part One

    • Lesson 5 - Challenging Behaviours - Part Two

    • Task: Reflection on Challenging Behaviour - Part Two

    • Lesson 6 - Crisis Management Planning

    • Task: Reflection on Crisis Management Planning

    • Lesson 7 - Behavioural Resources

    • Being Angry Safely Resource for Pre-Schoolers

    • Guided Functional Behaviour Assessment (FBA) Tool

    • Motivational Assessment Scale

    • PDF - Motivational Assessment Scale

    • Task: Reflection on Behaviour Management in the Preschool Years

  • 4

    Module 4 - Conclusion

    • Task: Reflection

    • References

    • Course Feedback

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