Children’s first years establish behaviours and attitudes they will carry through life. That is why Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is pleased to offer Start Early. Respectful relationships for life, a professional learning package developed by ECA.
Start Early aims to help educators explore, through short online courses, how everyday behaviours and attitudes shape a child’s lifelong relationships. It’s a long-term strategy to prevent family and domestic violence.
The three free modules look at developing Respectful Relations, explore issues around Gender, Respect and Identity, and encourage Father Inclusive Practice and take an estimated 45 minutes to complete. These modules will soon be available on the ECA Learning Hub in the coming weeks.
Start Early draws on the expertise of educators, social workers and researchers within the Early Childhood Education and Care sector.
Start Early is firmly grounded in Australia’s National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), the core resource that guides early childhood educators in their practice.
The Start Early portal is now closed.
For information about the Start Early modules, click here.
It’s a team effort. Start Early gathers together resources from a wide perspective of sources, drawing on resources from leading Australian bodies, all centered around the prevention of domestic and family violence. Use these resources to complement the content of the Start Early modules, or explore further.
Start Early represents an important contribution to the prevention of domestic and family violence. It builds educators’ skills and knowledge in their work with young children so that they can increase a child’s capacity for strong, healthy interactions in their early years and over their lifetime.
It is essential that early childhood educators are provided with effective resources to support teaching healthy, safe and respectful relationships at the most critical time of a child’s development, while attitudes and behaviours are still being formed.
We are all extremely impressed with both your website and the work that you do at Start Early.
I wish these modules were compulsory for every Educator in the ECEC Industry.
I think this will be a great resource which I will be recommending to all of our centres.