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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.