Short course

The Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a)

Learn practical skills and strategies to deliver enhanced educational outcomes with 3a and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE).


Research has shown that the positive impact of early childhood education lies in the nature, quality and consistency of interactions between educators or their carers, and children.

The Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a) is a set of practical evidence-based teaching and learning strategies for early childhood educators and parents to use with children from birth to age five. 3a specifically provides tools and techniques to enhance the quality of interactions with young children, and, in doing so, support child development and learning.

The use of 3a teaching and learning strategies is proven to have a positive impact on child outcomes, educator outcomes and family outcomes, with lasting change in children’s lives both before and after a child starts school.

MGSE provides three levels of training in 3a. All training includes certification for 12 months and access to the online 3a member community and resources.

Upon completion of training and the online certification, you will be equipped with hundreds of practical and easy to implement strategies that will enable them to enhance the quality of education-based interactions with children, and ultimately advance children’s learning outcomes.

Training Options

  • 3a Practitioner (three days)
    3a Practitioners become certified and skilled in implementing 3a strategies to support their early childhood setting
  • 3a Affiliate Trainer (one day)
    Following Trainer guidelines, 3a Affiliate Trainers are able to lead practitioner-level training within their organisations to build and maintain the quality of 3a at an organisational level
  • 3a Coach (one day)
    3a Coaches are well equipped to coach and mentor early childhood professionals in the implementation of 3a within your organisation. 3a Coaches develop the skills to play an important role in maintaining the fidelity of 3a implementation
  • Organisational 3a training
    MGSE specialists can conduct programs for your organisation on your premises. Or, we can work with you to train your trainers and coaches so you can conduct your own 3a training. If you are interested in on-site or group training please email

Check the 3a website for FAQs and more information, including research evidence, detailed training options and resources.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for 3a Affiliate or 3a Coach Training, it is essential that you have already completed 3a Practitioner Training.

Course delivery schedule

Practitioner Day 1: Online

Session dates


Topics to be covered

Session 1:

Wednesday 4 November 2020

9.30 am – 1.30 pm

  • Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a) Research and Theory
  • Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a) Australian Policy Context

Session 2:

Thursday 5 November 2020

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

  • Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a) Conversational Reading

Session 3:

Thursday 26 November 2020

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

  • Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a) Planning and Implementation for Conversational Reading

Practitioner Day 2 & 3: Face to face

The two-day face-to-face sessions will be delivered when we are able to do so – late 2020 or early 2021.

Payment options

  • To pay by credit card, please enter your card details at the checkout screen when booking into the course.
  • To pay by invoice, please contact student support.
  • If you are experiencing any difficulties with the checkout process, please contact student support.

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday 4 November 2020

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