Building Secure Relationships with Children

This program empowers early childhood teaching teams to work with children in ways that nurture strong relationships.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Professional services, coaching, 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

Building Secure Relationships with Children supports early childhood teaching teams to work with children in ways that supports strong relationships to form.

This program offers services access to a series of 4 webinars built on evidence of the ways in which strong relationships are cultivated with young children within early childhood education and care settings. The program covers 4 sequential topics:

  1. Creating a positive climate for children
  2. Responsive teachers
  3. Children’s rights in practice
  4. Positive behaviour guidance.

Each of these topics builds on the last and fit together to create strong relationships between teaching teams and children.

The program also offers participants access to online communities of practice through network meetings to discuss concepts covered in the webinars, and opportunities to share and embed practice ideas.

Detailed cost

  • Webinars: $500 (excluding GST). Price includes a 12-month subscription to 4 pre-recorded webinars for an unlimited number of educators in a service.
  • Webinars plus 2 live online network meetings: $1,000 (excluding GST). Price includes access to ongoing Facebook moderated closed group.
  • Webinars plus 4 one-hour team or individual coaching sessions working on specific goals and strategies: $2,500 (excluding GST). Network participation can be added to this package at no additional charge. Cost and offering is scalable to the service budget and goals.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: early childhood teachers and educators.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: the webinars are pre-recorded and self-paced which means that teams can access them at a time most convenient to them, and as many times across the year as they like. Accompanying documentation will be provided to support team’s engagement with the content presented.
  • Program adaptability: the program is offered online and can be accessed across Victoria. The webinars have unlimited user capacity, and networks can be offered across the year.
  • Staffing: it is recommended that participants are provided with a total of 4 hours of backfill so they can engage in the webinars and reflective activities. If participating in network meetings, it is recommended that a further 5 hours of backfill is provided.
  • Tools and systems: the webinars and networks are delivered online so services need to have access to a device with internet connection.

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.