Trauma-aware early childhood education and care

Author: Judith Howard
Published: 2020
Pages: 24
ECA code: RIP2001

Internationally and in Australia, more and more education and care institutions are referring to ‘trauma-aware practice’ to recognise and address concerns for children and young people living with the outcomes of complex trauma (abuse, neglect, violence). It is now known that complex trauma can have a worrying effect on growing bodies and brains, which can lead to children experiencing difficulties with relationships, emotions, behaviours and learning. If not addressed, this can worsen educational and life outcomes for these vulnerable young children.

This book provides strategies to help early childhood professionals address the harm of early trauma. It explains how they might use purposeful trauma-aware practice and incorporate it into their policies and processes. Besides providing examples of trauma-aware practice in early childhood education and care, the book examines:
•  the extent of complex childhood trauma in Australia
•  the effects of complex trauma
•  intergenerational transmission of complex trauma
•  the importance of maintaining the wellbeing of educators.

The more we understand the development and functioning of the brain and the impact of complex trauma on development, the more we will be able to recognise the value of early intervention. The earlier trauma-impacted children get help, the better.

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