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




Thank you to everyone who registered and completed the Start Early. Respectful relationships for life modules. This portal to the Start Early modules is now closed but the modules will soon be available on the ECA Learning Hub. For updates, please email the ECA Learning Hub team.


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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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.

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