Be You

Be You provides a framework, resources and consulting to support the mental health and wellbeing of educators, children and their families.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Online
  • Strength of evidence: Level 6 Supported by expert opinion
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity anxious and fearful behaviour
    • Emotional maturity aggressive behaviour
    • Emotional maturity – prosocial and helping behaviour
  • Item cost: No upfront cost

Program description

Be You offers a Framework, together with professional learning resources, tools and consultant support to guide services in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of educators, children and their families.

The Be You Framework consists of 5 domains which provide structure for professional learning and actions for wellbeing:

  • Mentally Healthy communities
  • Family Partnerships
  • Learning Resilience
  • Early Support
  • Responding Together.

Be You Consultants support services with their extensive knowledge about mental health and wellbeing in the early childhood context and understand the importance of wellbeing to learning success and educational priorities. Be You Consultants advise on how to best utilise the range of Be You resources available to inform school readiness practices, work towards School Readiness Funding goals, meet the requirements of the National Quality Standards, and link to related learning and wellbeing frameworks.

Once registered as a Be You Learning Community, educators and services can access a range of online resources, including daily live sessions and events, professional learning modules, fact sheets, live and pre-recorded 'In Focus' webinars, implementation and planning tools and Connected Communities. These resources assist services to learn about, reflect upon, and implement actions for mental health and wellbeing.

Detailed cost

Be You professional learning modules, tools and guides, national online sessions and events and Be You Consultant support are delivered for free, online.

Implementation considerations

Program/practice descriptions and details: services begin by registering as a Be You Learning Community on the Be You website.

  • Once registered and allocated a lead Be You Consultant, services can decide, in consultation with their community and Be You Consultants, between the many different options for beginning implementation. Be You has a 5-step Implementation Process as well as an Implementation Story to guide planning for Be You engagement with School Readiness Funding.
  • Be You professional learning resources including online modules, webinar recordings and tools and guides can be accessed anywhere, anytime, via the Be You website. National sessions and events and Be You Consultant support are available during business hours Monday to Friday.
  • Upcoming sessions and events are listed on the Be You website.

Program adaptability: Be You is a flexible initiative that can be tailored to suit the individual service and community context. There are many ways to implement Be You based on service needs, strengths and priorities as well as School Readiness Funding goals. Be You Consultants support educators and whole-of-services to learn, reflect and take action to work towards and demonstrate the achievement of their goals. Registered Be You Learning Communities can measure and record progress towards goals over time by utilising Be You Implementation and Planning Tools, such as Be You Surveys and Implementation and Reflection Toolkit.

Staffing: Services should consider the cost of backfill when engaging with Be You professional learning and resources.

Training requirements: Educators require basic IT literacy to use the Be You website from their preferred device. No prior knowledge of mental health is needed to engage in Be You professional learning.

Supervision/coaching: Be You Consultant support is available via regular daily national sessions and events, on the phone and via email. Further, specific Be You and School Readiness Spotlight sessions provide regular touchpoints for services to access Consultant support to assist with planning, actioning and tracking progress towards goals.

Implementation model: Be You is based on a whole-of-service approach to mental health and wellbeing. Consultants support learning communities to select Be You professional learning, tools and resources that best match their learning community's goals, needs and strengths.

Tools and systems: Educators will need reliable internet access. To access Be You sessions and events and Connected Communities educators will need access to a webcam, microphone and speakers.

Implementation knowledge: The most effective approach to Be You involves the whole service – including leaders, educators, children, families, and the wider community.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnerships with families
  • High expectations for every child
  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
  • Equity and diversity
  • Assessment for learning and development
  • Integrated teaching and learning approaches
  • Partnerships with professionals

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

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

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