A SECRET is a framework to help children’s social and emotional wellbeing, including their self-regulation.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training, professional services, online
  • Strength of evidence: Level 4 - Emerging research
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity – prosocial and helping behaviour
    • Emotional maturity – hyperactivity and inattentive behaviour
  • Item cost: Low (<$200 per person/item)

Program description

A SECRET is a framework to help children’s social and emotional wellbeing, including their self-regulation. The framework is delivered to educators as part of a 2.5-hour presentation.

The presentation aims to help educators:

  • understand how we all use sensory processing to regulate our emotions
  • build awareness of the impact of sensory processing differences in children with ASD, ADHD and other developmental delays
  • build capacity to include children with sensory processing differences
  • understand the importance of working with parents/carers and other professionals
  • understand the A SECRET framework and how to implement it in a kindergarten setting.

Live training for your team is available face-to-face or online. Face-to-face bookings at your centre incur travel and accommodation costs. Presentations can be scheduled during the day, after hours or at weekends.

Online individual options include joining a public webinar, or pre-purchasing pre-recorded content.

See the Early Childhood Outreach website or contact provider directly for more details.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: early childhood educators, allied health professionals, parents/carers and others who work with children with sensory or motor challenges that affect their ability to participate in kindergarten programs.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: educators attend an initial workshop and can request follow up coaching to support implementation. Handouts and information on further reading are provided during the session. Contact provider for further details.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource. Workshops can be offered in the evenings to minimise backfill. Contact provider for further details.
  • Supervision/coaching: coaching packages are available, as a follow-up to the workshop. Contact provider directly.
  • Australian experience: the program was developed in the United States, but training in the framework is available across Australia.

Detailed cost

Presentation fees:

  • Live presentation for your team: $500 (excluding GST) for up to 10 people, $700 (excluding GST) for up to 20 people, $900 for up to 30 people plus travel costs for face-to-face bookings.
  • Online individual content (webinar ticket, pre-recorded content): $50 per person (excluding GST).
  • Travel is calculated at $100 per hour, each way, from Castlemaine.
  • Accommodation is charged at $250 per night.
  • Melbourne face-to-face bookings will incur an additional $50 fee to cover incidentals.
  • A quote calculator is available via Jotform.
  • GST will be added to all amounts.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnerships with families
  • High expectations for every child
  • 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.