SRF Program

  • The Cheshire Toolkit

    VEYLDF Alignment

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

    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 Cheshire Toolkit offers a multi-component intervention to strengthen early childhood educators’ capability to foster children’s social and emotional skills and positive mental health in the preschool classroom.

    Educators are guided through a series of modules offering strategies and techniques that build children’s self-esteem, resilience and self-regulation through everyday educator-child interactions.

    The Toolkit is designed to address the unique needs, opportunities and challenges within each group. It can be used as a universal intervention to nurture all children’s social and emotional skills, or can be applied as a targeted intervention for children with specific behavioural challenges. Importantly, it is a tool you can keep coming back to over the course of the kinder year.

    The Cheshire Toolkit is underpinned by an evidence-based approach to program design, implementation and evaluation. It will be continually refined and adapted based on educator need and feedback, with additional content and resources added each year. For example, a module to support children with additional needs will be ready in 2020.

    Detailed Costs

    The cost to access this resource covers access for a 12 month period. The cost is dependant upon the size the service as follows:

    Small (2-3 educators): $1300 - $1950

    Medium (4-6 educators): $2600 - $3900

    Large (7+ educators): Price on application

    Consultancy and professional development is also available at an additional cost to support you to further embed the Toolkit practices into your service. Costs will be dependent on both your location and number of educators.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: early childhood educators.

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

    Factors to consider: services should consider how staff may be able to share the practice knowledge obtained from this resource with others at the service. This will ensure that improved approaches to practice or innovative ideas can be implemented across the service as a whole.

    Systems and tools: staff will need access to a working internet connection in order to access and engage with this resource.

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Awaiting assessment