A practice guide for working with families from pre-birth to 8 years

This course provides practitioners and professionals with a guide on how to consistently and compellingly share information with families about caring for their young child.

The course is based on the hardcopy Practice guide for working with families from pre-birth to eight years, which was created because parents reported that they received inconsistent and confusing information. It is recommended to complete the training with access to the practice guide.

By applying the information, best practices and shared values in this course, professionals and practitioners can support families to give children the best start in life.

This course contains 6 topics which can be completed in one go or over a number of sessions.

There is an assessment at the end of each topic. The practice guide can assist you to respond to these questions. You have unlimited opportunities to correctly answer these assessments.

The training provides a voiceover to accompany the content on the slides. The voiceover can be switched on/off by clicking the speaker button on the top right of the page.

The practice guide was developed as part of the national project, Engaging families in the early childhood development story. The Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC) commissioned and funded the project and it was managed by the Department for Education and Child Development, South Australia. A National Steering Group provided direction for the project, and included representatives from:

  • the SCSEEC's Early Childhood Development Working Group (ECDWG)
  • the Standing Council on Community and Disability Services Advisory Council (SCCDSAC)
  • the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council
  • the Child Health and Wellbeing Standing Committee (CHWSC)
  • the Australian Government.

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