Full course description
Thursday 27 January 2022, 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm
Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event
This learning event is right for you if you are a director, educational leader or a member of senior leadership involved in supporting the wellbeing and mental health of their professional learning communities in the ECEC sector.
Be You content will underpin a range of interactive presentations and drop-in conversation spaces. Central to the approach is building on what learning communities are already doing around mental health and wellbeing and responding to the learning community's strengths and needs. Presentations will be 1.5 hours in length with a mixture of content sharing and breakout sessions to support discussion time. The Presentation will be repeated three times to reach as many participants as possible.
Be You aims to transform Australia’s approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health in early learning services and schools. Our vision is that every learning community is positive, inclusive, and resilient – a place where every child, young person, educator, and family can achieve their best possible mental health. These sessions are aimed to support the ECEC sector in restoring and enhancing the mental health and well-being practices of staff, enabling them to support the needs of their families. Conversation and resources will support services in knowing what is mental health and what it means to be mentally healthy.
This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):
- Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Safe environment
Relevant Australian professional standards for teachers
4. Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
6. Engage in professional learning
- understanding of how Early learning services are emerging from the uncertainty of the COVID-19 period with a renewed commitment to nurturing children, families, and educators’ mental health and wellbeing
- awareness of creating safe and positive learning communities
- exploration of the key features which support welcoming, friendly and safe learning communities
- increased capacity building for educators – exploring the use of the BETLS observational tool for gathering and strategies for documenting information and observations about children
- awarenes of how the BELTS observational tool can support difficult conversations with families
- reflection on stressors, stress behaviors, and protective factors in your workplace and home
- consideration of how the Be You wellbeing tools can support reflection on personal and service level strengths.
Helen has worked in the educational field for some 28 years. She has developed professional learning opportunities in the areas of curriculum design, differentiation, professional learning communities, literacy and numeracy and artistic learning strategies, and is a trained Cognitive Coach. Prior to entering the primary and secondary areas, Helen worked extensively as an early childhood practitioner predominately in low socio-economic areas and multicultural communities. Helen has completed her Master’s in Education by research and is now completing her Doctoral studies in ‘collective efficacy in education’.
Blaire has more than 10 years' experience in early learning services with a strong commitment to building educator capacity. She was formerly a pedagogical leader, guiding the implementation of educator theory and practice. Blaire has an interest in children's community participation and its influence on wellbeing.
Sandy has had extensive and varied experience in the early years during her time as a social worker, teacher and in the area of mental health promotion. She has a demonstrated commitment to promoting and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and families and a special interest in educator wellbeing.
Paola has many years’ experience in the early childhood sector both as an educator in a variety of settings and as a child & family practitioner within the context of child protection. Paola is passionate about the importance of prevention and early intervention strategies as well as systemic change, as the keys to laying strong foundations for positive mental health and well-being in early childhood and improving children, families & educator’s lifelong outcomes.