ASELS (A Social Emotional Learning Support)

ASELS is a professional development program that supports early childhood educators in enhancing children’s social and emotional development.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Professional services, resources (books, kits, manuals), online
  • Strength of evidence: Level 4 – Emerging research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity anxious and fearful behaviour
    • Emotional maturity aggressive behaviour
    • Emotional maturity hyperactivity and inattentive behaviour
    • Social competence responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: Moderate ($200$2,000 per person/item)

Program description

The ASELS package provides early childhood educators with the tools to create a social emotional learning (SEL) education program that meets their unique and changing context. The package aims to support educators in enhancing children’s social and emotional development through the use of intentional teaching and evidence-based practices and has been designed to complement national guidelines and approved learning frameworks. The package includes:

  • a digital professional development series including 9 modules, which guide educators through the steps involved in creating a quality educational program of SEL
  • a digital workbook to support educators through reflection and action activities
  • access to a resource hub, and
  • questionnaires for completion by educators and children’s families during initial planning stages.

Detailed cost

ASELS training package: $1,000 (including GST). This cost is for the entire service.

This includes all elements of the package, including the digital professional development series, the digital workbook and access to the resource hub.


  • a hard copy version of the workbook can be purchased for $50 (including GST and postage)
  • one-hour face to face initial briefing session can be purchased for $300. A $50 travel fee will be included for all centres of 100 km outside of Melbourne CBD.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: early childhood educators.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: modules can be completed in one full professional development day or at intervals that best suit the service.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource. The online professional development series and accompanying activities take a minimum of 10 hours to complete.
  • Tools and systems: access to the internet is required. A printer may be required if participants wish to print the reflection and action activities within the workbook.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnerships with families
  • Assessment for learning and development
  • Integrated teaching and learning approaches

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.