Online professional learning

Learn online with six professional learning modules and two webinars exploring cognitive development, attachment, trauma-informed practice, challenging behaviours, and respectful relationships. The professional learning program is free. 

Two modules and a webinar are currently available, with four more modules and a final webinar coming soon. This project has been developed by Early Childhood Australia and funded by the NSW Domestic Violence Innovation Fund for NSW-based educators and other professionals. 


Webinar: Responsive practice in early childhood

Join Janet Williams-Smith and Associate Professor Richard Fletcher as they examine the complexities of domestic and family violence, and the unique position of early childhood educators to support young children.


Webinar: Creating supportive and responsive environments in ECEC

Luke Touhill highlights the importance of learning environments to support children being safe, secure and supported in early learning setting. With practical examples from Mia Mia Child and Family Centre, examine environments that shape, influence and support both children’s and adult’s behaviours.  


Module 1: Brain development and attachment

Experiencing trauma in early childhood impacts children’s cognitive development. Child development specialist Anne Kennedy examines the impact of trauma on a growing brain.


Module 2: Attachment, separation, loss and trauma

Extending from module 1, Anne Kennedy examines the way that children manage trauma and loss through secure attachments, and what this means for early childhood educators working with children who have experienced domestic and family violence.


Module 3: Children’s exposure to domestic and family violence: Understanding and responding

How do you recognise when something ‘isn’t right’ and more importantly, what do you do? From documentation to mandatory reporting, this module will support educators to assess situations, document effectively and access support services when they feel something isn’t right.


Module 4: Recognising, responding and when to seek external help

Building capacity of educators to respond to children and families’ needs is essential and it’s important that educators claim their own professionalism and knowledge of the whole child. There are times educators will need to bring outside people and expertise into the service. What are the occasions, when and who do you bring in? 


Module 5: Identifying and responding to children at risk

Studies show that children rarely make up stories about abuse. Some children will never outwardly tell a trusted adult about violence or abuse experienced, but ongoing signs can give educators an indication that something isn’t quite right. What does this challenging behaviour look like, an how can educators support children who exhibit these behaviours?


Module 6: Taking care of yourself and others – educator wellbeing and domestic violence

It is important to support educators who experience violence, or who are triggered by what they encounter in their day-to-day work. Trauma looks different for everyone; this module examines the importance of a safe and supportive workplace and how to implement an ethical framework to support children, families and educators. 

Accreditation information:

Completing Module 1: Brain development and attachment will contribute 1 hour of NESA Registered PD addressing standard 6 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Completing Module 2: Attachment, separation, loss and trauma will contribute 1 hour of NESA Registered PD addressing standard 6 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Completing Module 3: Children’s exposure to domestic and family violence: Understanding and responding will contribute 1 hour of NESA Registered PD addressing standard 6 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Completing Module 4: Brain development and attachment will contribute 1 hour of NESA Registered PD addressing standard 6 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Completing Module 5: Identifying and responding to children at risk will contribute 1 hour of NESA Registered PD addressing standard 6 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.