Children’s Sexual Development


Price $25.00


National Quality Standard
QA1Educational program and practice
QA2Children’s health and safety
QA5Relationships with children
QA6Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
QA7Leadership and service management
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
1Know students and how they learn
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


Pam Linke
Pam Linke is a social worker who has also studied early childhood education. She has many years of experience working with children and staff in early childhood services including in the area of children’s sexual development.


People who work with children need an understanding of sexual development from birth on. Knowing the facts is only part of it. Sexual development is part of social and emotional development, self-concept and self-esteem. Understanding this assists adults in responding to children’s behaviour, and in their interactions with children. It is these early interactions that lay the foundation for future health and wellbeing. Children are sexual beings from birth so we need to understand what we might expect from children, what might be happening if sexual development seems out of step with other children, and how our own behaviour and responses are guiding children. This is an area which adults often feel uncomfortable to discuss and unsure of what is appropriate to say or do. This session discusses these dilemmas, and offer some suggestions.