SRF Program

  • Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing (SSTEW) Scale

    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.

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


    The Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing Scale (SSTEW) is part of the Curriculum and Intentional Quality Rating Scales, which have been designed to assess quality in all five of the child developmental domains. These scales include MOVERS, SSTEW, ECERS-R/E. All of these scales are interlinked and are designed using a similar format to enhance use.
    SSTEW specifically assesses quality of the environment and pedagogy in the social and emotional child developmental domains. It has five subscales:
    1. building trust, confidence and independence
    2. social and emotional well being
    3. supporting and extending language and communication
    4. supporting learning and critical thinking
    5. assessing learning and language

    Ongoing professional development is provided to ensure appropriate use and application of the scale and meaningful child and educator outcomes.

    Training may be available on weekends to alleviate back fill requirements. The provider may be able to provide training sessions in your area if there is sufficient interest. Note there is a minimum requirement of 20 participants for the training to run.

    Please contact the provider directly to discuss the options available in your area.

    Detailed Costs

    Training costs will vary depending on the location of the training and the number of scales that practitioners are trained in (i.e. 1 or 2).

    Training involves between 3.5 days (1 scale) and 5 days (2 scales).

    The scale manual can be purchased online. The cost varies, depending on where you purchase it. The price ranges between $25 and $50 (not including postage).

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: early childhood teachers

    Factors to consider: to access training in the scales, services should consider the cost of back fill in determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Program / practice descriptions and details: the SSTEW scale is designed to be used for research, self-evaluation and improvement, audit and regulation. Using the SSTEW scale alongside other environment scales (see below) gives users a more complete picture of what high-quality early childhood education and care can look like. It is aspirational in that it considers high quality pedagogy and practice.

    Tools and systems: the SSTEW scale can be used alongside other environmental scales like ECERS-E and ECERS-R.

    Training requirements: Ongoing training in administration and use of the scale is available. This can be completed in conjunction with other scales such as MOVERS or ECERS-E and ECERS-R. 

    Training for 2 scales involves 5 days over 6 months. Training for 1 scale involves 3.5 days over 6 months. This training includes face-to-face training and phone support.

    The provider has a minimium requirement of 20 participants to run a training program, with a maximum of 40 participants per session.

    Australian Experience: this training is offered by 'Early Start' from the University of Wollongong and has been tested and run with Australian educators.

    Strength of Evidence

    Not able to be rated