Creating a community of support for children and families experiencing vulnerability

By Victoria McDowell



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


Victoria McDowell
Victoria McDowell has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) degree from Macquarie University, specialising in early education for children from birth to eight years. She has more than 16 years of experience working in a range of different roles in a variety of services across the sector—including, but not limited to, early childhood teacher and...
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This course is suitable for all educators currently working in an approved education and care setting across Australia. This is a foundation course that may be suitable for educators new to the sector or embarking on a formal early childhood qualification. This course is for all educators who are looking to build their confidence in supporting children and families who are experiencing vulnerability.

Learners will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of what vulnerability is, how to recognise it, and develop strategies to support vulnerable children and families. You will learn the importance of advocating for vulnerable children and families, engaging in reflective practice, and ways to create a community of support within your service to approach vulnerability with more confidence.


In this course, you will:

  • develop an understanding of what vulnerability means in early childhood education and care
  • learn strategies to support children and families in your service who are experiencing vulnerability
  • learn about advocating for children’s families and communities.


Duration: 40 minutes