Big life events: Impacts on children, families and communities



National Quality Standard
QA1Educational program and practice
QA5Relationships with children
QA6Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
3Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
4Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
7Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


Sarah Louise Gandolfo
Sarah Louise Gandolfo is a Melbourne based early childhood teacher currently working toward a Master of Educational Leadership.


In this course, you will explore a range of big life events that commonly impact children, along with their families and communities, in the early years. You’ll seek to contextualise these impacts and identify useful early childhood practices and strategies.

In this course, you will:

  1. understand common big life events that directly impact young children in Australia
  2. recognise the impacts of big life events on children and their families and communities
  3. identify contextually relevant strategies to support children and their families and communities through the impacts of big life events.


Duration: 45 minutes