What is the Pyramid Model?

The Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children aims to help early childhood educators build skills for supporting nurturing and responsive caregiving, create learning environments, provide targeted social-emotional skills, and support children with challenging behaviour. The Pyramid Model is a positive behavioural intervention and support framework that uses systems-thinking and implementation science to promote evidence-based practices. The Pyramid Model is being used increasingly in Australian kindergartens and early years services and complements existing Australian social-emotional & behavioural related policies such as The Early Years Learning Framework & The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care. The Pyramid Model helps educators bring related aspects of the frameworks into reality by providing strategies and resources.

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Janene Swalwell


Janene is an educational and developmental psychologist, supervisor and teacher. During her career in psychology, Janene has combined professional practice with lecturing, supervising and coaching developing professionals. She has worked in early childhood services, in schools, in universities, in private practice and has been the past state & national president of the Early Childhood Intervention Association (ECIA). Janene has recently lead the establishment of the Psychologists in Early Childhood Intervention Interest Group in the Australian Psychological Society. In 2011 with ECIA, Janene brought Professor Hemmeter and the Pyramid Model to Australia. She has been researching its implementation in Australia since 2015.

Jenny Urbano

Committee Member

Jenny works as a Preschool Field Officer to support the access and participation of children with additional needs. Jenny works collaboratively with early childhood teachers offering consultative support, resources and advice in planning for children requiring extra support. Jenny has taught in kindergartens for over 30 years honouring children’s democratic rights in their learning through listening, observation, documentation and interpretation of children’s processes of action and thought. Since 2015 Jenny has worked as a practice-based coach supporting teachers to implement the Pyramid Model teaching practices to support social emotional competence in preschool children.

Sara Stockman


Sara has a passion for ensuring social emotional development is a priority for all children. Drawing upon 20 years of personal and early childhood professional experiences, Sara provides the most contextualised, relevant and supportive social emotional learning and teaching for team leaders, educators and children alike.

Sue Brear

Committee Member

Sue has been involved in early childhood education for 40 years; as a pre-school teacher with extensive experience in early intervention, as a family support co-coordinator and consultant in inclusive practices. Sue is a Pyramid Model trainer and coach and is passionate about building the capacity of teachers in their implementation of Pyramid Model practices.

Andrea Day


Andrea is an educator, film maker and parent with a passion for promoting approaches to education and service provision which support all young children and their families. She has worked in the commercial, government and not for profit sectors and operates her own multi media business. Andrea is a creative and strategic thinker who enjoys developing fresh approaches to problem solving and project development.

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