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.

    Trauma comes in many forms, such as physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, family violence, community violence, family breakdown, grief and loss, exposure to mental illness and substance addiction.

    Children who have experienced trauma can require significant support to get them 'school ready'. As such, TraCS builds a relationship with services over time, allowing consultants to develop a strong, productive partnership with educators. TraCS Consultants come to kindergarten services, so that work is undertaken collaboratively and in context. TraCS 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 Consultant co-located in the kindergarten service.

    Visit provider website for more information.

    Service delivery components for packages and co-location:

    • Organisational Meeting - TraCS consultants meet with  the service to develop an understanding the philosophy, policies and procedures that underpin the service to assist with tailoring the support provided.
    • Observation and Needs Assessment - TraCS consultants meet with educators to explore challenges and to observe the children and the kindergarten environment and develop a tailored plan.
    • In Session support - TraCS consultants work alongside educators during the session to support educators work with vulnerable children through a live coaching approach to bring a trauma informed lens into the space.
    • Out of session support - TraCS consultants work with educators to reflect on their work, including the interventions and strategies that they are applying to manage complex behaviours. It also provides a space for staff to discuss their work and avoid burnout and vicarious trauma.
    • Consultations - TraCS Consultants are available for phone consultations between visits to help manage and support challenges that arise.

    Detailed Costs

    Prices are calculated based on the location of your kinder, the number of groups and the service elements you require. TraCS can be delivered as either a package of work delivered by a Consultant to visit your service, or we can co-locate a Consultant in your service to work across a number of services more intensively and flexibly either part or full time, depending on your budget.

    Costs are based on an hourly rate of $200 including GST with a minimum number of hours required per package. Travel will be costed separately on a per location basis.

    Contact provider for a quote.

    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.)

    Priority Area

    Wellbeing (social and emotional)

    Strength of Evidence

    Level 5 - Foundational research evidence