Start Early


Price $45
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National Quality Standard
QA1Educational program and practice
QA5Relationships with children
QA6Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
6Engage in professional learning
7Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


Carmel Richardson
Carmel Richardson is the director of university-based Wiradjuri Preschool Child Care Centre.
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.
Dr Richard Fletcher
Richard Fletcher (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Family Action Centre, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle



Children’s first years establish behaviours and attitudes they will carry through life. Educators play an important role in nurturing respectful relationships and the playground can be seen as a microcosm of the world and it’s important to support children to engage respectfully with others within the early childhood setting.

About the modules

The three Start Early. Respectful relationships for life modules examine how everyday behaviours and attitudes shape a child’s lifelong relationships.

  • Module 1: Respectful relations, written by Carmel Richardson
  • Module 2: Gender, respect and identity, written by Pam Linke
  • Module 3: Father inclusive practice, written by Richard Fletcher

After completing the Start Early modules you will understand that:

  • educators play an important role in nurturing respectful relationships between children, families and the community
  • supporting children to participate in respectful relationships is important for their wellbeing
  • the pedagogy of listening is an important tool to support respectful relationships with children and families.

Each Start Early module takes approximately one hour to complete. All three modules are available at the special price of $45.

Completing Start early: Respectful relationships for life will contribute 3 hours of PD addressing standards 3.2.2 and 7.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Courses completed after 20/2/2018 will be validated.




Start Early. Respectful relationships for life gathers together resources from many perspectives and sources, drawing on leading Australian bodies, all centred around the prevention of domestic and family violence. Use these resources to complement the content of the Start Early modules, or to explore further. The Start Early blog, and further resources are available on the Start Early website.