Travelling the Yellow Brick Road: Supporting children to cope with transition times and change

This full-day workshop helps professionals gain a greater understanding of the challenges children face when transitioning from kindergarten to school.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators, parents/carers
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online
  • Strength of evidence: Level 6 Supported by expert opinion
  • 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

Travelling the Yellow Brick Road - How to support young children through transition times coping with change - kindergarten to school, is a full-day workshop aimed at helping professionals to support parents in:

  • identifying key transition times/difficulties
  • identifying different emotions and behaviours when faced with change
  • being aware of/understanding of how children respond to change
  • understanding the child from a neurobiological perspective - how the brain works
  • building resilience by teaching emotional regulation/social-emotional learning (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship skills)
  • coping with change by teaching skills to children to understand their feelings and behaviour through the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy model.

This program helps educators develop a greater understanding of the challenges for children when transitioning from kindergarten settings to school settings. Educators will develop skills in supporting young children, learning how to recognise signs of stress and anxiety, and how to increase children's coping strategies.

Educators will also gain an understanding of the importance of working with families, and how families cope with change and can support their children.

Contact the provider for 2023 workshop dates or check the website for updates. There will be 23 workshop dates per term and one workshop in each school holidays. Metropolitan workshops are conducted in either Carlton or Footscray.

Additional workshops can be held in other locations on demand. Contact the provider for more information.

Detailed cost

  • Full-day workshop (7 hours) in metro areas: $380/person (excluding GST) (includes morning and afternoon tea).
  • Workshops in rural and regional areas: $420/person (excluding GST) Additional travel costs apply depending on the location. Minimum of 20 participants. Contact the provider for details.
  • Online workshop (half-day/3 hours): $190 (excluding GST).
  • 1.5 hour parent workshop: $55 per participant (excluding GST). Held onsite at kindergarten services with a minimum of 20 participants. This workshop can also be run as an interactive webinar.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: early childhood educators.
  • Program adaptability: the program is a structured, interactive program, but additional and tailored training can be negotiated. The program can be adjusted and customised to meet the needs of the service's educational setting.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.
  • Training requirements: no prerequisites. The workshop builds on knowledge already acquired through educators' daily interactions with children and parents. Educators will extend their knowledge with theory and practical strategies.
  • Factors to consider: educators should consider this training part of the broader range of transition-to-school practices to support effective transition-to-school outcomes for children and families.
  • Tools and systems: venue and PowerPoint presentation technology to be provided by services in regional and rural areas.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • High expectations for every child
  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

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