Big life events: Impacts on children, families and communities


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.

Duration: 45 minutes

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Learning outcomes:

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.

About the author:

Sarah Louise is a Melbourne-based early childhood teacher, and mum of two, who has recently completed a Master of Educational Leadership. Her 20+ year early childhood career spans long day care, stand-alone kindergartens, community managed services and school-based early learning centres. She is a loud and passionate advocate for children’s rights, social justice and ethical leadership.

Currently employed by Early Childhood Australia as their Professional Learning Project Coordinator, she brings to her work a strengths-based approach that values and encourages a kind and courageous style of leadership and management. Sarah Louise is currently the co-convener of the Early Childhood Australia Victoria Committee Anti-Bias Special Interest Group, where she is joined by early childhood professionals across the country to discuss and reflect on the social justice and anti-bias issues affecting the sector. She is also a General Member of the ECA Victoria Branch Committee, a Board Member of the Social Justice in Early Childhood Foundation, and a Board Member of the Australian Educational Leader Journal editorial committee.

Additional information

Course Duration

45 minutes

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