SRF Program

  • Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a)

    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.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes, Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media, Children engage with a range of texts and get meaning from these texts, Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.


    The Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a) combines teaching and learning strategies and 'LearningGames' that are used in early childhood environments and parenting programs to enhance the personal, social and academic achievements of young children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Research has shown that 3a delivers enhanced educational outcomes by enriching and enhancing educator practice – both before and after a child starts school.
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    Detailed Costs

    • Practitioner training: $1,650 for three days.            
    • Affiliate trainer training: $660 for one day.
    • Coach training: $660 for one day.    
    • Organisational training: For queries regarding on-site regional training please contact Fiona Luck on 8344 8714 or via email

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: parents, early childhood educators, playgroup leaders, maternal and child health nurses and centre coordinators who support children from birth to the age of five who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Program / practice descriptions and details: an introductory guide exists for caregivers on how to use 3a strategies for each element.

    Program adaptability: the program has been adapted for use with Aboriginal populations in Australia.

    Staffing: the practitioner level program can be delivered by early childhood teachers, playgroup leaders, maternal and child health nurses and centre coordinators. Staff delivering the Affiliate and Coach level program must have completed "practitioner training".
    Services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Factors to consider: consider how staff may be able to share the practice knowledge they obtain 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.

    Training requirements: there are three training options: practitioner training, affiliate trainer training and coaching. Australian experience: LearningGames was redeveloped for Aboriginal communities in collaboration with the Northern Territory Department of Education and Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

    LearningGames was redesigned for use within remote and regional Aboriginal communities and are now currently available to early educators working with Aboriginal families.

    3a training is facilitated by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.

    Strength of Evidence

    Promising research evidence

    3 stars out of 5