Executive Functioning Online Training Module

This online module explores the science of executive function and self-regulation, and how adults can nurture these skills in children.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Online
  • Strength of evidence: Level 7 Requires further research
  • 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

This online professional development module is provided by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and discusses the science of executive function and self-regulation and how adults can help children build these skills.

Detailed cost

Not applicable.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: Early childhood educators.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: the module takes no more than about 90 minutes to complete, with the option to stop and resume later.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.
  • Tools and systems: reliable internet access and a Flash Player on the computer browser is necessary (a link is provided for download when starting the module). Note that this course's Flash Player does not work on mobile phones or tablets.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • High expectations for every child
  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
  • Integrated teaching and learning approaches

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

  • Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing
  • Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing