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Early Childhood Australia’s Be You team is a highly qualified and experienced multidisciplinary team of professionals committed to promoting and supporting positive mental health and wellbeing in the early years. Together, with Be You partners, Beyond Blue and headspace, the ECA team support educators in implementing the Be You Professional Learning and continuous improvement processes across early learning services and schools.

Flow theory and wellbeing

‘Being safe is a foundation to wellbeing. When children feel safe, their brains relax, cortisol decreases and they are calmer.’—(Always Be You, 2020). This piece, by SHONA DOYLE from Be You explores children’s wellbeing, providing safe environments and linking researcher, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s flow theory back to early childhood education.  When we set high but achievable expectations, […]

The importance of baby and toddler mental health

‘The early years of a human being’s life have a significant impact on lifelong mental health and wellbeing.’  Be You shares the importance of mental health and wellbeing to babies and toddlers and suggests resources for families and educators.  New research has increased understanding of the environmental and biological factors that shape babies’ and toddlers’ […]

Reflecting and planning for the year ahead

Reflecting and planning skills are fundamental to our work as educators. While reflection allows us to have a wider range of perspectives and brings about new ways of thinking or understanding, planning builds upon that new understanding to create informed, responsive goals. Have you considered how both these practices may also help strengthen and protect […]

Staying calm during the holiday season

The end of the year can be a stressful time for everyone. Families and educators may be juggling work commitments, family and social events and planning for holidays. End-of-year celebrations, finalising portfolios and transition reports, staff changes and planning for the coming year all take their toll … What does this mean for our stress […]

Saying goodbyes

December is almost over. This can mean excitement about new beginnings approaching, but also, feelings of sadness can take us by surprise. Transitions happen every day and are best described as a period where we try to adapt to new circumstances, expectations, people, environments or routines. Using our existing knowledge and experiences, we make predictions […]

Experiencing difficult events

Australia regularly experiences natural disasters such as cyclones, floods and bushfires, as well as increasing community violence or acts of terrorism. These distressing events can be traumatic for everyone in the community, either directly or indirectly. Sometimes, as in the case of natural disasters, there can be some preparation, both physical and psychological. Being psychologically […]

What every child needs for learning self-regulation

This article first appeared on KidsMatter Early Childhood’s Shared Thinking blog on 30 June 2014. It was first shared on The Spoke in 2018 and was updated in July 2020.  What self-regulation is … and isn’t Self-regulation is not simply self-control. It is the ability to manage our energy states, emotions, behaviour and attention: the […]

Social and emotional learning

This blog post was originally posted in 2018, and was updated in July 2020.  Supporting children’s social and emotional learning Babies are born communicators and are capable of experiencing and expressing a wide range of emotions. Through their many positive interactions with caregivers, they learn to feel good about themselves and to enjoy relating with […]

Be safe, keep safe—online

This blog was originally posted in 2017 and updated in October 2020. Meeting, learning, chatting, listening and sharing online is all part of the Be You experience. We have many places where you can go to join our online learning community. Here you can connect with others who are interested in growing healthy minds and finding […]

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