Professional learning for educators

The Ginnie & Pinney professional development course, written by Doctor of Education, Tessa Weadman, supplements the ‘Learn and Grow’ eight book set, videos, teacher resource, finger puppets and ‘Learning Emotions’ flash cards for supporting young children’s ethical thinking, empathy and emotional intelligence. 

The course focuses on capacity building for early childhood teachers promoting their understanding of social and emotional wellbeing, language development, access and inclusion and children’s growth and learning across these areas  to support their preschool program using the ‘Learn and Grow’ resource.

The Ginnie & Pinney professional learning builds educators’ capacity to:


Maximise learning opportunities for children (during reading time)


Promote discussion to develop children’s understanding of the program’s concepts


Encourage children to think deeply in response to the open-ended questions


Implement follow-up activities to encourage further learning


Promote planning that aligns with the Early Years Learning Framework


Reflect on their own practices


Work with existing G & P teacher resource to its fullest capacity


Use the materials in context of shared book reading and dialogic book reading

The Ginnie & Pinney professional development (learning) includes:


Online modules


Resources for goal planning and reflection


Questionnaires for parents/caregivers to support the planning

Details about the modules

Module 1

Module 1 – Introduction


Introduction to Ginnie and Pinney

  • Background information about Ginnie and Pinney
  • Discuss available resources – Books, teacher guide, website

Written information (research informed)

  • What is social-emotional learning? (Include examples)
  • Why empathy is important – important for future success (mention AI – more important for humans to develop their empathy).  
  • Why is it important to support pre-schoolers’ social-emotional learning prior to starting school? 
  • The role of early childhood teachers

Reflection activity

  • Three prompt questions to support early childhood teachers to reflect on their current practices:
    • For example - How do you currently support the social-emotional learning of the children your class?
    • How do you ensure all children are heard and are able to communicate their ideas?
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4