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.

Training & Coaching

We have four levels of training support available to assist in the development of high quality practices for the social-emotional support of young children, their families, early educators, leadership and coaches.

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The Pyramid Model in Australia

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Development of the Pyramid Model in Australia

Training & Coaching in the Pyramid Model

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If you are considering training with us or have booked but are new to Pyramid Model we recommend viewing the Introduction to the Pyramid Model video prior to attending any of our workshops.


Jenny Urbano


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

Executive Officer

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.

Carson Luk


Carson is the Principal of ESF Partners and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Registered Tax Agent, Certified for Public Practice by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Carson’s financial and operational experience is supported by directorships and committee roles held with a number of statutory and not-for-profit entities including Brimbank City Council, Sunshine Business Association and Mainstreet Australia.

Jacquie Simpson


Jacquie has more than 30 years’ experience as a teacher, manager, project worker, facilitator, trainer and coach in the early childhood, early intervention, parenting support and primary education sectors. Jacquie currently works with the University of Melbourne- Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) and The REEaCH Hub. She also works in private practice as a training, facilitation and coaching consultant and is a contract trainer in evidence -based parenting programs. Jacquie’s passion is building confidence, capacity and connection between those she works with.

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 Doherty

Committee Member

Andrea has many years of experience working in children’s services in a wide range of settings. She has extensive experience as a consultant supporting teachers and teams with inclusive practices and has worked alongside a range of Allied Health Professionals to support and enhance the participation of children with additional needs in kindergarten programs. Andrea currently works with preservice teachers as a teaching coach, and as a mentor with provisionally registered teachers. Andrea is also employed as a casual academic at Deakin University.
Andrea is passionate about social inclusion and is committed to building confidence, professional relationships, and capacity of teachers.

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AGM 4th December

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