Psychologist (arranged by services independently)

Psychologists work with educators, parents/carers and families using a capacity building approach to support children's social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and identity.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional), access and inclusion
  • Primary audience: Educators, parents/carers, children
  • Delivery mode: Consultancy, group training, professional services
  • Strength of evidence: Professional services
  • 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: Variable

Program description

Psychologists, using an approach that builds on existing skills and knowledge, work with kindergarten teachers, parents/carers and children through case consultation, provision of group training and other discipline-specific services to enhance and support children's social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and identity.

Detailed costs

These costs will be determined by the provider that your service chooses to access.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: early childhood educators and teachers, children and families.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: psychologists provide support to educators that builds on existing skills and knowledge, including coaching and modelling, in order to enhance their confidence in supporting children's social and emotional self-regulation, mental health and identity. Psychologists must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and work in accordance with the VEYLDF.
  • Program adaptability: services should consider, in consultation with a psychologist, the needs of staff and children, and how best they may be supported by a psychologist.

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.