Item uses these practice principles: 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 become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Wings to Fly is a strengths-based approach to social and emotional
wellbeing for children from birth to five years. It is designed to support early years educators to optimise their practice in order to improve overall outcomes for children. The approach builds upon educators’ skills and strategies by developing a greater understanding of brain development in the early years, attachment and the way to build relationships that support children’s resilience and wellbeing.
Through a training session, educators learn strategies to apply in the classroom. These strategies are used to help children recognise their strengths and build their ability to self-regulate, manage their social and emotional wellbeing and build successful relationships with others.
The program consists of 10 modules, each with a range of experiences and activities to enhance children’s learning and skills development. The modules are:
- Sense of identity – Who I am
- Connectedness and building a sense of belonging, being brave
- Feeling calm, breathing, body clues, sensory awareness
- Self-awareness – My feelings, being brave
- Social awareness of others' emotions, empathy
- Learned optimism – Attention
- Learned optimism – Thinking
- Reaching goals one step at a time and problem-solving
- Friendships in early years – Belonging
- People to support children on the journey.
There are two delivery modes for Wings to Fly™:
In-service training has the most impact and allows for optimum levels of engagement. Training can be provided out of hours (including weekends) to maximise staff attendance.
Prices vary depending on the location and format of the training. Contact provider directly to obtain a quote.
Quoted price includes (where applicable):
- Consultant training, preparation and travel time
- Flights, accommodation, car hire and/or transfers ex Brisbane
- Wings to Fly™ Facilitator Manuals for participants
- Wings to Fly™ Learning Management System access for participants
- Additional printing and handouts
- Postage and handling
- Venue hire and catering (if training is taking place external to your service)
Live online training - available from 1 July 2020
Due to the restrictions on interstate travel Wings to Fly™ can be delivered via live online training from 1 July 2020. The training can be provided in two formats:
- Four three-hour sessions, or
- Six two-hour sessions.
- Consultant training and preparation time
- Wings to Fly™ Facilitator Manual
- Wings to Fly™ Learning Management System access
- Additional printing and handouts
- Postage and handling
- Studio fee
- Management and administration fee
2023 live online training dates:
- Wednesday 31 May, 9.00am – 12.00 noon AEST
- Wednesday 7 June, 9.00am – 12.00 noon AEST
- Wednesday 14 June, 9.00am – 12.00 noon AEST
- Wednesday 21 June, 9.00am – 12.00 noon AEST
- Friday 14 July, 9.00am – 12.00 noon AEST
- Friday 21 July, 9.00am – 12.00 noon AEST
- Friday 28 July, 9.00am – 12.00 noon AEST
- Friday 4 August, 9.00am – 12.00 noon AEST
- Tuesday 8 August, 1.00pm – 4.00pm AEST
- Tuesday 15 August, 1.00pm – 4.00pm AEST
- Tuesday 22 August, 1.00pm – 4.00pm AEST
- Tuesday 29 August, 1.00pm – 4.00pm AEST
Stream 27 (note AEDT)
- Thursday 5 October, 9.00am – 12.00 noon AEDT
- Thursday 12 October, 9.00am – 12.00 noon AEDT
- Thursday 19 October, 9.00am – 12.00 noon AEDT
- Thursday 26 October, 9.00am – 12.00 noon AEDT
In-service option: contact provider for a quote
Live online training: $594.00 per person (incl. GST; available from 1 July 2020)
Optional resources: $11-$38.50/item (incl.
GST). Services participating in the Wings to Fly training can purchase additional resources designed to support program implementation. Items include breathing cards, animal puppets, and a breathing wand and
sphere. Please see the provider website for details.
Target population: early childhood educators working with children from 0 to five years.
Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this resource.
Training requirements: suitable for all early childhood educators and staff that work with children. Educators must attend all sessions, a total of 12 hours, to receive
certification. In-service training is capped at 25 educators per program. A
minimum of 15 participants is required for Live Online Training, with a
recommended attendance of maximum 25.
Supervision/coaching: all participants have access to an online learning management system, which contains follow-up information for each of the 10 modules. Participants also fill in pre-training and post-training surveys
to gauge improvements in educators’ capacity to assist children with their social and emotional wellbeing. Trainers can be contacted by phone or email for ongoing support and mentoring.
Australian experience: Wings to Fly was developed in Queensland.
Current best implementation knowledge: Training takes 12 hours. Delivery is flexible: it can be two full days (best conducted at least a week apart) or six two-hour sessions. Time between the sessions gives participants the opportunity to absorb information, try new strategies and engage in professional conversations about what they have learned. This prepares them for engagement with the facilitator at the next training and with the remaining content.
Wellbeing (social and emotional)
Strength of Evidence
Level 5 – Foundational research