Building Resilient Children

This program supports educators to build children's resilience in early childhood education and care settings.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online, coaching
  • Strength of evidence: Level 4 – Emerging research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity anxious and fearful behaviour
    • Emotional maturity aggressive behaviour
    • Social competence responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: Moderate ($200–$2,000 per person/item) to High ($2,000 per person/item)

Program description

The Building Resilient Children program is an Australian-developed, research-informed program that supports educators working with children in the 2 years before school to build their resilience in early childhood education and care settings. The program provides differentiated strategies and guidance for learning experience design tailored to local priorities. This professional learning webinar can be delivered to any service across Victoria and optional coaching is available.

Webinar series

The Building Resilient Children webinar series consists of 5 x 45 minute webinars. The webinars are self-paced. Each webinar is designed using adult learning principles and includes a definition of the topic concept, links to theory and research, connections to resilience, videos, invitations to pause and reflect on key questions, and clear practice links and strategies.

The webinar series covers the following topics:

  • What is resilience?
  • Self-compassion
  • Self-regulation
  • Agency (which includes a section on consulting with children as a critical component of agency)
  • Belonging.

Email support is available for participants who have follow-up questions during the subscription year.

Coaching program

The coaching program includes an annual service subscription to the webinar series and consists of between 4 and 8 coaching visits to the early childhood service by an experienced coach (scalable for service budget) throughout one year. The coaching program includes unlimited email support and an annual subscription to the webinar series.

Through the coaching program, the early childhood service will consult with children on matters that affect them (e.g. policies on behaviour, meals/menus, environment design, program design, community participation initiatives). Consultation with children has been selected as the coaching model as it has been identified in the literature as a key way to honour and respect children’s agency, which is a critical component of resilience.

Detailed cost

  • Webinar series of 5 x 45-minute sessions (individual subscription): $200 (excluding GST)
  • Webinar series of 5 x 45-minute sessions (annual service subscription): $550 (excluding GST)
  • Webinar series of 5 x 45-minute sessions (up to 10 services across a Service Provider): $2,000 (excluding GST)
  • Coaching program (inclusive of unlimited email support and includes annual subscription to webinar series):
    • 4 visits and 4 telephone coaching sessions: $6,000 (excluding GST)
    • 6 visits and 2 telephone coaching sessions: $9,000 (excluding GST)
    • 8 visits (two in each term) and unlimited phone coaching sessions: $12,000 (excluding GST)

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: educators.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: email support is available for webinar participants who have follow-up questions during the subscription year and a PDF of key content is also included. The coaching program includes unlimited email support and an annual subscription to the webinar series.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing the webinar series and coaching program.
  • Tools and systems: for the webinar series, participants are required to have access to a device which can connect to the Internet. Email and phone contacts are required for the coaching program to provide coaching support between service visits, and to email feedback notes and an action plan to participants.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • High expectations for every child
  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
  • Partnerships with families
  • Reflective Practice
  • Partnerships with professionals

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

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

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