About Start Early

Children’s first years establish behaviours and attitudes they will carry through life. That is why Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is pleased to introduce Start Early, a professional learning package developed by ECA, and supported by the New South Wales Government.

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. To begin these modules, please click here to be redirected to the Start Early Learning Portal. 

Start Early also offers more information and resources through our blog and further resources page, which both complement the modules and encourage further learning.

All three modules will be available until March 2017.



As a part of the Start Early professional learning package, three free modules have been developed for educators to complete. The modules look at developing Respectful Relations, explore issues around Gender, Respect and Identity, and encourage Father Inclusive Practice.

The modules take an estimated 45 minutes to complete and a certificate of completion can be downloaded and printed for each module. 

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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.

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Register to complete the three free Start Early modules. 

The Start Early modules are available until March 2017. 

To complete the modules, click the ‘learn more’ link below to be taken to our Learning Portal. The Learning Portal will open a new tab in your browser. 

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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.

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