SRF Program

  • Alannah & Madeline Foundation Early Years Trauma Consultancy Service (Early Years TraCS)

    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.

    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.

    Description

    Early Years TraCS supports educators working with children aged three to five who have been affected by trauma. It promotes the development of social and emotional competencies in readiness for school by:
    • helping educators understand challenging behaviours through a 'trauma lens'
    • building the capability of educators to respond appropriately to challenging behaviours
    • enabling educators to foster trauma-sensitive learning environments.

    Children who have experienced trauma can require significant support to get them 'school ready'. As such, Early Years TraCS has more than 13 contact points each year, allowing consultants to develop a strong, productive relationship with educators.

    Consultants come to kindergarten services, so that work is undertaken collaboratively and in context. Consultants are responsive to the individual needs of kindergarten services and customise support to address specific issues.

    Early Years TraCS services are available as packages. These include, at a minimum, a needs assessment and centre-based consultations. For services needing more support, packages can also include phone consultations and training support.

    Early Years TraCS can also be offered intensively to a group of kindergarten services. This option gives educators the opportunity to work with a TraCS practitioner co-located in the kindergarten service.

    Visit provider website for more information.

    Detailed Costs

    TraCS pricing varies according to distance from Melbourne, to account for travel-related expenses.

    To investigate package pricing, including TraCS Intensive visit, website.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: early years staff working with children aged three to five.

    Staffing: it may be beneficial for educators to be released occasionally from their contact duties to consult with a TraCS practitioner. Services should therefore consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource. (Visit the website for recommendations about backfill.)

    Strength of Evidence

    Level 5 - Foundational research evidence