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.


Our Modules

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 our three free Start Early modules. 

Our Start Early modules are available free from March 2016, to September 2016. 

To complete our 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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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.

Moo Baulch, CEO, Domestic Violence NSW

I think this will be a great resource which I will be recommending to all of our centres.

Kerry Frances, Executive Assistant, Anglican Schools Office
We are all extremely impressed with both your website and the work that you do at Start Early.
Early Years Scotland

Thank you for this wonderful resource. I have just completed the training and will offer it to my staff as part of their Professional Development training. 

Julia Cornelius, Educational Leader, Doveton College
I wish these modules were compulsory for every Educator in the ECEC Industry.
Carre Chambers, Early Childhood Educator at TAFE

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

Libby Davies, CEO, White Ribbon Australia