SRF Program

  • Connections: A Resource for Early Childhood Educators about Children's Wellbeing

    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, Integrated teaching and learning approaches, Partnerships with professionals.

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


    Connections is a practical and reflective resource to guide early childhood educators in supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing. It is intended for use by educators who care for children (birth to eight years) in a range of settings including long day care, family day care, kindergarten and out of school hours care.

    Detailed Costs

    Not applicable

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: early childhood educators and teachers
    Program / practice descriptions and details: the resource supports educators to:
    • develop a shared understanding and language about mental health and wellbeing in early childhood
    • assist educators to feel more comfortable and confident discussing children’s mental health with families and other early childhood professionals
    • help educators to promote positive mental health in all children
    • assist educators to support children and families. ​
    Factors to consider: this resource includes reflective questions at the end of each section that support group reflection. Consider using these to support professional learning discussions in team meetings. ​ 

    Strength of Evidence

    Not applicable