SRF Program

  • ACF Understanding and Responding to Stress and Trauma in the Early Years

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Reflective Practice, Partnerships with families, High Expectations for Every Child.

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


    The Victorian Department of Education and Training has arranged the delivery of a one-day face-to-face training session across a range of areas, to be facilitated by the Australian Childhood Foundation. The training schedule for 2019 is as follows (specific details i.e. venue, timing etc. can be accessed by contacting ACF directly):
    Bairnsdale: 22 February
    Horsham: 14 May
    Wonthaggi: 15 May
    Sunshine: 17 May & 29 May
    Cranbourne: 7 June
    Dandenong: 14 June
    Mildura: 20 June
    Melton: 26 July
    Warrnambool: 2 August
    Edenhope: 9 August
    Morwell: 19 August
    Swan Hill: 30 August
    Pakenham: 6 September
    This interactive workshop will provide a framework for considering the practical application of trauma-informed principles and approaches within early childhood settings.

    By participating in this training, participants will:

    • build their understanding of neurobiology, stress and trauma and the possible impacts of challenging events on young children's development
    • develop the ability to create environments and routines that are trauma sensitive
    • enhance their capacity to use relationships as vehicles for change
    • increase their ability to identify and use strategies for supporting emotional regulation in traumatised children
    • develop a framework for making meaning of, and strategies for, responding to trauma-based behaviours in young children.

    The training will also enhance educators' capacity to work with families experiencing trauma by helping them to:

    • understand the context of the trauma for families
    • build meaningful partnerships
    • be non-judgemental
    • understand the importance of continuity in relationships and partnerships with professionals across sectors to ensure that families are supported in an integrated way
    • build their awareness of vicarious trauma and strategies to address the need for self-care and service-wide support responses when working with traumatised children.

    Detailed Costs

    $192 + GST per person + 1.9% credit card surcharge
    Participants will need to book into this workshop through the ACF website and pay by credit card. Please note that each participant will be required to register individually (no group bookings). There is a 1.9% surcharge on all credit card payments.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: early childhood professionals.

    Training requirements: this workshop will benefit early childhood professionals at all levels of practice knowledge. Early childhood educators with some previous experience of trauma-informed practice will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge. Early childhood educators with minimal trauma-informed practice knowledge can begin their journey through this workshop.

    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. Suggestions and ideas for sharing practice knowledge will be provided during the training session.
    Australian experience: workshops are available across Victoria and have been developed to target early childhood educators working in the Victorian context.

    Strength of Evidence

    Not applicable