Melbourne MicroCert

Leading Learning through Partnerships

Enhance your capacity as an educational leader to build collaborative partnerships to further support young children's learning.

Study mode
8 weeks (42.5 hours)
Skills area
Educational Leadership in Early Childhood

Upcoming sessions

Monday 11 October 2021


Developing respectful and responsive relationships with families, carers, colleagues and professionals is a core responsibility of educational leaders in Early Childhood and Education Care (ECEC) settings.

This Melbourne MicroCert will provide you with a deep understanding of the relationship between educational leaders and these partners in early childhood settings, and the skills to build and sustain your collaborative practices.

Engaging with contemporary theories, models, local data and practices, you will explore how collaborative partnerships can create pathways that support the learning and development outcomes for young children from birth to five years of age.

The course is led by experts from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) and is part of the Educational Leadership in Early Childhood series, which focuses on enhancing the leadership qualities and practices of educational leaders and educators working in early childhood education and care.

Who is it for?

This MicroCert is for educational leaders and educators with a minimum of three years’ experience in early childhood sector wishing to aspire to lead teams or enhance their leadership skills to improve quality of learning and teaching within the sector.

Key topics

During this Melbourne MicroCert you will examine a range of key concepts, including:

  • Research and policy-informed understandings of educational leadership and collaborative partnerships in ECEC settings
  • Models and practices that address the role of educational leadership in collaborative partnerships and child learning and development outcomes
  • Key evidence-based leadership practices that support collaborative partnerships
  • How collaborative partnerships are linked to assessment for learning, intentional teaching and planning practices.

Some of the collaborative approaches the course draws upon include the pedagogy of listening, co-facilitation of professional learning, coaching, yarning, reflective practice, multidisciplinary case meetings.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Use research evidence and policy documents to analyse the relationship between educational leadership and collaborative partnerships in ECEC settings.
  • Explain how collaborative partnerships enable new understandings of effective teaching and learning for children participating in a diverse range of early childhood education programs.

Learning experience

This MicroCert has been designed to coincide with the sector’s teaching terms to ensure you have opportunities and time to apply your newly acquired knowledge and practices. You will be introduced to learning material at targeted time points during the learning period, building knowledge over time.

In our innovative online environment, you will learn alongside other industry professionals and undertake guided learning, peer discussion and facilitated activities involving contributions from the industry, including policymakers, researchers and educational and pedagogical leaders. Learning includes videos, online reading tasks, independent study supported by interactive webinars and discussion board activities. Fully online delivery offers a convenient way to develop your skillset, from a location that suits you.

Who will you learn from?

Dr Jane Page OAM is an Associate Professor in MGSE and a Senior Researcher in the REEaCh Hub. Jane has worked in the early childhood field for over thirty years in a range of director and teacher roles in early childhood services, as well as teaching and researching in the University sector. Jane has been actively engaged in the development and implementation of a number of projects with state and local government and the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) focusing on early years teachers’ pedagogical and assessment practice. She led the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership Leading Learning in Early Childhood Settings professional learning for Educational Leaders in Victoria for five years, and projects concerning quality pedagogy and the impact of evidence-based interventions on vulnerable children in Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Associate Professor Patricia Eadie is Director of the REEaCh Hub at MGSE. Patricia has led multiple multi-disciplinary research projects in early childhood and early years settings, with a focus on understanding young children’s developmental pathways and evaluating interventions in various settings. Her research has focused on both typical and delayed communication and cognitive skills in young children and crosses the boundaries of education (early childhood and early years) and health (speech pathology). Patricia’s work has also focused on best-practice models of professional learning for early childhood and early years teachers, supporting high-quality teaching practices that increase intentional teaching and instructional support to maximise children’s learning and development.


This MicroCert is taught over eight weeks. The total time commitment is 42.5 hours, consisting of approximately seven hours guided learning, 5.5 hours professional reading, 10 hours self-guided study and peer learning, and 20 hours for assessment tasks. Assessment includes:

  • Audit of current family engagement practices (50%)
  • Map of local community children and family services (50%)

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Leading Learning through Partnerships Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will warrant the achievement of knowledge, skills and capabilities outlined in the learning outcomes. It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.

Links to industry

This Melbourne MicroCert has been developed in consultation with Educational Leaders and Pedagogical Leaders in the ECEC sector.

The MicroCert is aligned with the following Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) teacher standards: Engage with colleagues and improve practice; and Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

Pathways to further study

Leading Learning through Partnerships can be taken as a stand-alone course, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Educational Leadership in Early Childhood series, in whatever order you choose.

Other Melbourne MicroCerts in this series include:

Leading Learning through Partnerships is designed to provide a pathway – otherwise known as advanced standing – into the Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching. To use it in this way, you will need to complete all four Melbourne MicroCerts in the Educational Leadership in Early Childhood series, as each MicroCert is equivalent to one quarter of a standard subject, then apply for credit towards the qualification.

Eligibility requirements

You will need to have a minimum of three years’ experience in early childhood sector.

Upcoming sessions

Monday 11 October 2021

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