SRF Program

  • Difficult Conversations: Finding ways to collaborate with families

    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, Partnerships with professionals


    ​Difficult Conversations is a 1.5 hour presentation that aims to support educators’ wellbeing by building their confidence in observing, understanding and supporting the children they care for and educate.

    Difficult Conversations considers the benefits of collaborative practice with families. The presentation highlights the importance of understanding and respecting the perspectives of others as the key factor for success. It explores the barriers to and possibilities for collaboration between educators, therapists and families and offers practical strategies to build respectful and trusting relationships with parents and caregivers. The presentation highlights the importance of a shared understanding of children’s abilities, strengths, challenges and interests. A fictional case study is included to help educators see the possibilities and parallels with their own practice.

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    Detailed Costs

    Live presentation for your team: $400 (excl. GST) for up to 10 people, $600 for up to 20 people, $800 for up to 30 people plus travel costs for face-to-face bookings.

    Online individual content (webinar ticket, pre-recorded content): $40 per person (excl. 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.

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    GST will be added to all amounts.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: educators of children in early childhood settings and their families.

    Program adaptability: the presentation can be delivered face-to-face at the service, as a live session online, or as pre-recorded on-demand content.

    Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Supervision/Coaching: there is an optional follow up coaching package to embed reflective practices and strategies.

    Training requirements: all content is designed to be accessible by educators with any level of qualification, as well as family members who may not necessarily be familiar with the early child education specific terminology.

    Tools and systems: internet access is required for the online training.

    Priority Area

    Wellbeing (social and emotional)

    Strength of Evidence