Building Children's Social Emotional Capacity

Building Children’s Social Emotional Capacity is a program designed to enhance the positive emotional climate of a classroom.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online, resources (books, kits, manuals)
  • 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

Building Children’s Social Emotional Capacity is a program designed to enhance the positive emotional climate of a classroom through teaching strategies adopted in response to children’s social emotional needs. Educators are presented with strategies to support children to label, express, understand and regulate emotions, as well as consider practical ways to engage and learn collaboratively with peers. Educators are invited to deconstruct the role of the teacher so that listening and responding to children’s emotions is an integrated aspect to children’s social learning contexts.

The program consists of 3 key components:

  1. Eight webinars covering the following topics, plus a short introductory video:
    • Webinar 1: Understanding social emotional learning
    • Webinar 2: Integrating emotional intelligence
    • Webinar 3: Introduction to the RULER approach
    • Webinar 4: Understanding supportive social learning
    • Webinar 5: Pedagogy of listening and observing to inform responsiveness
    • Webinar 6: How to adopt an ‘emotion coaching’ approach
    • Webinar 7: The breath – case study and practice ideas
    • Webinar 8: Storytelling and drawing – case study and practice ideas
  2. Four 60-90 minute live online professional network meetings.
  3. Hard copy resources to compliment the webinars including a project booklet with key ideas and reflective notes, a set of emotion cards and emotion wheel poster to support accurate and sophisticated emotion labelling and literacy within teacher practice with children.

Detailed cost

  • Program cost for single participant only: $500 (excluding GST).
  • Program cost for single site with multiple participants: $900 (excluding GST).

Program costs include an annual subscription to the webinar program for participants, four 60–90-minute live network meetings, one set of emotion cards and an emotion wheel poster to support conversations.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: educators.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: the webinars are pre-recorded and self-paced, so educators can access them at times most convenient to them, and as many times as required across the 12-month period.
  • Program adaptability: the program can be offered across the year with the capacity for additional networks be added based on demand.
  • Staffing: it is recommended that an individual participating in the program is provided approximately 10 hours of backfill in order to engage with the webinars and attend live network activities. Additional time should be allocated for participants engaging with the optional supporting resources. Backfill requirements will also vary if the program is implemented at a single site with multiple participants. Contact the provider for more information.
  • Tools and systems: educators must have access to a device that can use the internet.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • High expectations of every child
  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
  • Equity and diversity
  • Integrated teaching and learning approaches.

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

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

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