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.

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.

Duration: 45 minutes

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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.

How does this course relate to the National Quality Standard?

Quality Area 1: Educational program and practice
Standard 1.2 Practice
Educators facilitate and extend each child’s learning and development.
Element 1.2.1 Intentional teaching
Educators are deliberate, purposeful, and thoughtful in their decisions and actions.

Standard 1.3 Assessment and planning
Educators and co-ordinators take a planned and reflective approach to implementing the program for each child.
Element 1.3.3 Information for families
Families are informed about the program and their child’s progress.

Quality Area 5: Relationships with children
Standard 5.1 Relationships between educators and children Respectful and equitable relationships are maintained with each child.
Element 5.1.2 Dignity and rights of the child
The dignity and rights of every child are maintained.

Quality Area 6: Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
Standard 6.1 Supportive relationships with families
Respectful relationships with families are developed and maintained and families are supported in their parenting role.
Element 6.1.3 Families are supported
Current information is available to families about the service and relevant community services and resources to support parenting and family wellbeing.

How does this course relate to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers?

Standard 3: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.3 Use teaching strategies

Standard 4: Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.1 Support student participation

Standard 7: Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community
Focus area 7.3 Engage with the parents/carers

Additional information

Course Duration

45 minutes

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