Understanding young children’s behaviour and empowering their future (2-part series)



National Quality Standard
QA1Educational program and practice
QA5Relationships with children
QA6Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
1Know students and how they learn
4Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
7Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


Assoc. Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett
Associate Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett is the Academic Director of The Early Years at the University of Wollongong. Cathrine works in cross-disciplinary teams and conducts translational work with community and industry partners to support high-quality early childhood education and care practice that enhances outcomes for children.   Since 2015, she has co-led five large-scale early childhood...
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This series is suitable for all educators currently working in an approved education and care setting across Australia. This is a foundation course that focuses on essential knowledge to guide children’s behaviour and may be suitable for educators who are new to the sector or embarking on a formal early childhood qualification.


To effectively support and guide young children’s behaviour, it is essential that educators develop an understanding of the form and function of children’s behaviour. Developing an understanding of the meaning of children’s behaviour will in turn support educators in developing strategies and teaching techniques unique for each individual child, with the overall aim of empowering children to take control.


In part 1 of this series, you will:


  • understand why behaviour is a form of communication that can help educators to develop a better understanding of each individual child
  • learn how children regulate their emotions, thoughts and behaviours.


In part 2 of this series, you will:


  • develop strategies to support children in times of stress, frustration or anger
  • discover and recognise the signs and meanings behind children’s behaviours and strategies to support young children
  • uncover how to understand children’s triggers and what these can look like.


Duration: 40 minutes