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.
Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.
The aim of Early Years TraCS is to support early years staff in their work with children aged 3-5 years affected by trauma, promoting the development of social and emotional competencies in readiness for school by:
Helping early years staff to understand challenging behaviours through a trauma lens
Building the capability of early years staff to respond to challenging behaviours in a trauma informed way
Enabling early years staff to foster trauma sensitive learning environments
Children who have experienced trauma can require significant support to get them 'school ready'. With this knowledge, Early Years TraCS:
- is designed with over 13 contact points each year. This enables consultants to develop an impactful relationship with kindergarten staff
- consultants come to kindergarten services so that work is undertaken collaboratively and in context
- consultants are responsive to kindergartens individual needs and services are customized to address issues specific to the setting.
Services are available as packages which include, at a minimum, a needs assessment and centre based consults. For kindergarten services that require higher levels of support, packages can be purchased which also include phone consults and training support. Please see the website for specific package details.
Early years TraCS can also be offered as an intensive to a group of kindergartens. This
option offers staff the opportunity to work with a TraCS practitioner who is
co-located within their kinder.
For TraCS Intensive information please visit the website.
Target population: early
years staff working with children aged 3-5 years in early years settings.
Staffing: it may be beneficial for early years staff to be released from their
contact duties to consult with a TraCS practitioner at times. It is recommended that
kindergarten services plan for backfill to cover this cost. Backfill recommendations
related to TraCS packages and TraCS Intensive can be found at https://www.amf.org.au/what-we-do/early-years-trauma-consultancy-service-tracs/.