Being the champion for children impacted by trauma and adversity


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National Quality Standard
QA1Educational program and practice
QA2Children’s health and safety
QA3Physical environment
QA4Staffing arrangements
QA5Relationships with children
QA6Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
1Know students and how they learn
2Know the content and how to teach it
3Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
4Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
6Engage in professional learning
7Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


Learning Hub Team
The Learning Hub team is based in Early Childhood Australia's National Office which is located in Canberra, Australia. Our small team develops professional development resources for educators and other professionals working with young children from birth to eight.


Children who experience trauma can have their sense of belonging and identity impacted. For some, this impact can be lifelong. It is critical that we are aware of the different types of trauma that children might be exposed to and how this can affect the ways in which they:

  • develop positive attachments
  • form trusting relationships
  • regulate their emotions
  • discover their sense of identity
  • develop interpersonal skills necessary for life.

As an early childhood professional, you play a vital role in understanding how children can respond if they are exposed to trauma, implementing strategies around fostering warm and responsive relationships and creating safe and nurturing environments for all children.

This course is suitable for early childhood professionals to develop trauma-aware practices and offer all children the opportunity to develop the skills to form a strong sense of identity and the ability to self-regulate. This is an introduction to trauma and should be completed by anyone interested in developing an understanding of trauma-aware practices within any early childhood context.

Learning outcomes

In this course, you will:

  • understand that exposure to trauma can have a lifelong impact on children
  • learn how to become trauma-aware
  • develop skills to support children who are impacted by trauma
  • understand your role in developing trusting and secure relationships with children.

Duration: 45 minutes