Connections: a resource for early childhood educators about children's wellbeing

Connections is a guide for early childhood educators on supporting children's mental health and wellbeing.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Resources (books, kits, manuals)
  • Strength of evidence: Level 5 – Foundational 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: No upfront cost

Program description

Connections is a practical and reflective resource to guide early childhood educators in supporting children's mental health and wellbeing. It is intended for use by educators who care for young children in a range of settings, including kindergarten services.

Detailed cost

Not applicable.

Implementation considerations

Target population: early childhood educators.

Program/practice descriptions and details: the resource supports educators to:

  • develop a shared understanding and language about mental health and wellbeing in early childhood
  • feel more comfortable and confident discussing children's mental health with families and other early childhood professionals
  • promote positive mental health in all children
  • support children and families.

Factors to consider: this resource includes questions at the end of each section that support group reflection. Consider using these to support professional learning discussions in team meetings.

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.