SRF Program

  • Building Secure Relationships with Children*

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, High expectations of every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity, Integrated teaching and learning approaches.

    ​Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.


    ​Building Secure Relationships with Children supports early childhood teaching teams to work with children in ways that supports strong relationships to form.

    This program offers services access to a series of four webinars built on evidence of the ways in which strong relationships are cultivated with young children within early childhood education and care settings. The program covers four sequential topics:

    1. Creating a Positive Climate for Children

    2. Responsive Teachers

    3. Children’s Rights in Practice

    4. Positive Behaviour Guidance

    Each of these topics builds on the last and fit together to create strong relationships between teaching teams and children.

    The program also offers participants access to online communities of practice through network meetings to discuss concepts covered in the webinars, and opportunities to share and embed practice ideas.

    Detailed Costs

    Four webinars (unlimited access to the educational team at the service for the year): $500 (excl. GST)

    Four webinars and access for two teachers in 4 network meetings: $900 (excl. GST)

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: early childhood teachers and educators. 

    Program/practice descriptions and details: the webinars are pre-recorded and self-paced which means that teams can access them at a time most convenient to them, and as many times across the year as they like. Accompanying documentation will be provided to support team’s engagement with the content presented.

    Program adaptability: the program is offered online and can be accessed across Victoria. The webinars have unlimited user capacity, and networks can be offered across the year.

    Staffing: it is recommended that participants are provided with a total of 4 hours of backfill so they can engage in the webinars and reflective activities. If participating in network meetings, it is recommended that a further 5 hours of backfill is provided. 

    Tools and systems: the webinars and networks are delivered online so services need to have access to a device with internet connection.

    Priority Area

    Wellbeing (social and emotional)

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 4 - Emerging research evidence