Creating a community of support for children and families experiencing vulnerability


This course is suitable for all educators looking to build their confidence in supporting children and families who are experiencing vulnerability in an approved education and care setting. This is a foundation course that may be suitable for educators new to the sector or embarking on a formal early childhood qualification.

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. confidence.

Duration: 40 minutes

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About the author:

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 18 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 group leader, centre manager and educational leader.

Victoria’s interests span children’s literature, storytelling, oral and felt stories, the creative arts (particularly visual arts, music and movement), mindfulness (for children and adults), nature pedagogy, outdoor learning environments, developing curriculums through meaningful documentation, and loose-parts play. She is also passionate about teaching and educating young children, mentoring teachers and educators in early childhood pedagogy and practice, as well as advocating for children’s rights as citizens of the world.

Victoria’s strength in pedagogy and supporting teachers and educators over the past 18 years has led her to her current role as E-Learning Content and Projects Coordinator for the ECA Learning Hub. In this role, she designs and delivers professional learning for early childhood professionals across Australia.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Additional information

Course Duration

40 minutes

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