Kids First Trauma Informed Training and Consultancy

Kids First offers training and consultancy packages to help early years educators support children's social and emotional needs.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training, consultancy, professional services, online
  • Strength of evidence: Level 3 – Promising 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: Low (<$200 per person/item) to Moderate ($200–$2,000 per person/item)

Program description

Adopting a trauma informed and relational approach, Kids First training and consultancy packages equip early years educators with the tools they need to support children's social and emotional needs before they transition to school.

These training and consultancy packages are designed to ensure all children, regardless of their background and social vulnerability, can reach their full potential.

Packages can be tailored to meet the needs of a service. Kids First works with services to develop a suite of supports that meet individual needs and available funding.

Packages include the following training topics:

  • Trauma and attachment
  • Relationships with families
  • Supporting children and families experiencing vulnerability
  • Sensory strategies for trauma informed practice
  • Training and consultancy supports can be negotiated by services as required. There are also pre-packaged options available.

Level 1 Package includes:

  • 2 x 2-hour training sessions across the year: Trauma & Attachment parts 1 and 2
  • 4 hours of consultancy support to unpack each package and work through queries such as how to implement strategies and reflect on case studies etc.

Level 2 Package includes:

  • 3 x 2-hour training packages across the year (Trauma & Attachment part 1 and 2, Relationships with families)
  • 7 hours of consultancy support to unpack each package, receive support as required and work through queries such as how to implement strategies and reflect on case studies etc. (suggest implementing as one hour per term).

Level 3 Package includes:

  • 3 x 2-hour training packages across the year
  • 13 hours of consultancy support to unpack each package, receive support as required and work through queries such as how to implement strategies and reflect on case studies etc. (suggest implementing as one hour per month, or 2 hours bi-monthly).

All training and consultancy options are available to individual participants as well as small and large groups. Training packages can be run for 10 people at the price listed below. Groups of more than 10 participants will incur additional fees. Contact provider for more information.

Online options for training and consultancy packages

All supports can be facilitated online. Participants can join the session from separate locations using laptops/desktop computers, tablets or smartphones. Participants must have a device with working speakers and a microphone. It is also recommended that participants have access to a camera to engage in video conferencing, however this is not essential to their participation.

Detailed cost

2-hour training sessions: $990 (including GST) for groups of 10 or less participants.

Groups larger than 10 participants will incur an additional fee of $55 (including GST) per additional participant.

Consultancy: $220 per hour (including GST)

Packages:

  • Level 1 - $2,750 (including GST)
  • Level 2 - $4,290 (including GST)
  • Level 3 - $5,500 (including GST).

Travel costs:

  • 0-100 kilometres: $220 per site visit
  • 100-200 kilometres: $495 per site visit
  • 200-300 kilometres: $770 per site visit
  • 300+ kilometres: contact provider for more details.

It is recommended that you contact the Menu provider for a quote.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: educators and professionals working with children and families.
  • Program adaptability: training and consultancy can be tailored to meet a kindergarten's budget and training needs. Training packages run for approximately 2 hours per session and can be booked for a time convenient for the kindergarten. Sessions outside of regular business hours will incur additional fees. To reduce costs, services can access after-hours sessions via Microsoft Teams if required. Contact provider directly to discuss.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource. Backfill for the full amount of training and consultancy hours is recommended to cover all staff.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Partnerships with families
  • High expectations for every child

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

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