Reflect Respect Relate

Self-paced resource for early childhood educators to improve pedagogy and learning environment quality through self-reflection and assessment scales.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Resources (books, kits, manuals)
  • Strength of evidence: Level 6 – Supported by expert opinion
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity - anxious and fearful behaviour
    • Emotional maturity - aggressive behaviour
    • Social competence - responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: Low (<$200 per person/item)

Program description

Reflect Respect Relate guides educators of children from birth to eight years to reflect on their pedagogy and the overall quality of the learning environment. The resource is a self-paced program, available only in hardcopy. It aims to increase awareness and understanding of the relationship between what educators do, and positive educational outcomes for children.

The resource includes a set of scales for critically assessing/examining the interactions between adults and children, educator pedagogy, child wellbeing and involvement.

Detailed cost

Hardcopy resource: $60 (including GST and postage).

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: early childhood educators.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: resource package contains:

    • an introduction (using the resource; reflective practice)
    • four modules, one of each scale (relationships, active learning environment, wellbeing and involvement)
    • readings, support materials
    • loose-leaf materials
    • a DVD of interviews, the background, an introduction to each variable and examples for scaling
    • a CD of support materials including observation scales and examples of practice.

    The package as a whole addresses all eight VEYLDF practice principles; however, different components align with different practice principles. Educators should use the components applicable to their needs and goals.

  • Factors to consider: educators will benefit from working together to consider how to create an active learning environment and maximise children's wellbeing and involvement.

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
  • Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.