SEED Program

SEED online offers educators a comprehensive tool to build expertise in fostering children's social and emotional skills.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Online, coaching and group training
  • Strength of evidence: Level 2 - Supported by 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: Moderate ($200-$2,000 per person/item)

Program description

The Social and Emotional Engagement and Development (SEED) Program includes two delivery options, allowing educators to tailor the program to their needs.

SEED Online

SEED offers a comprehensive online learning tool for early childhood educators who want to build expertise in fostering children's social and emotional skills.

SEED is designed to address the unique needs, opportunities and challenges within each group. It can be utilised to focus on expanding general knowledge for the benefit of all children in the room, or to plan support for a particular child with challenging behaviours.

Educators are guided through a series of interactive modules (listed below) with strategies and techniques that build children's self-esteem, resilience and self-regulation through everyday educator-child interactions.

  • Module 1: Learn about the SEED program and its foundations, as well as how to move through the modules.
  • Module 2: Identify the strengths and challenges for children in your room, and the factors that might be influencing their behaviour.
  • Module 3: Learn about ways to set up your room and your daily routine for maximum social and emotional learning, and to benefit children experiencing specific behavioural or emotional challenges.
  • Module 4: Build your knowledge in therapeutic and positive behaviour strategies that foster children's self-esteem, resilience and self-regulation.
  • Module 5: Extend your learning through webinars. This module includes recordings of all past webinars.
  • Module 6: Maximise the therapeutic benefits of play.
  • Module 7: Build confidence in discussing developmental concerns with parents and caregivers, and review issues relating to child safety.
  • Module 8: Strategies for educators who are caring for, teaching and supporting children with additional needs, including children with developmental delay or disability.
  • Module 9: Explore what anxiety might look and feel like for young children, and review strategies that can be helpful for children experiencing anxiety.

This program was developed in partnership with Monash University and is underpinned by an evidence-based approach to program design, implementation and evaluation.

SEEDPlus: In and Out of room Coaching and Training

SEEDPlus provides extra support to embed what is learnt through the SEED online learning program.

SEEDPlus was designed to enhance the daily interactions among educators, children, and families. Combining face-to-face coaching and training, and utilising SEED Online as a primary resource, SEEDPlus aims to support educators to foster children’s social and emotional development and positive educational experiences within the early learning environment.

SEEDPlus is delivered by the SEED Psychologist and Play Therapist, and tailored to the service needs.

Detailed cost

12-month subscription to the SEED online learning program: $750 per educator (including GST). Price includes all content, resources and webinars.

Please contact Bestchance to discuss additional coaching and training support, and to obtain a quote.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: educators.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.
  • Factors to consider: services should consider how staff may be able to share the practice knowledge obtained from this resource with others at the service. This will ensure that improved approaches to practice or innovative ideas can be implemented across the service as a whole.
  • Systems and tools: SEED is an online program and can be accessed via desktop or laptop, iPad or tablet and smartphone, including iPhone and Android.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
  • Integrated teaching and learning
  • Reflective practice
  • 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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