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Be You is a national initiative for educators, aimed at promoting and protecting positive mental health in children and young people.

Kialla Childrens Centre is proud to be part of the Be You Learning Community program.

Mental health in early childhood is seen in the capacity of a young child within the context of their development, family, environment and culture to:

  • Participate in the physical and social environment

  • Form healthy and secure relationships

  • Experience, regulate, understand and express emotions

  • Understand and regulate their behaviour

  • Interact appropriately with others, including peers

  • Develop a secure sense of self

The program utilises the learning community as a whole-of-service approach, and here at Kialla Children's Centre  we recognise that the whole Centre community benefits through our implementation of the Be You program. Such benefits include:

  • Assisting educators in recognising when children may be at risk of experiencing mental health difficulties

  • Improving understanding of pathways to access professional intervention

  • Supporting and complementing the implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) and the National Quality Standards (NQS)

  • Involving all members of the ECEC services community, working together

  • A flexible approach that can be adapted to different contexts

  • Providing evidenced-based resources and tools for educators, families and health professionals

  • Offering professional development and implementation support that informs daily practice

  • Good mental health is vital for learning and life.  Mental health, like physical health, is something we all have and is something that changes over time and in different contexts

  • Research demonstrates that mental health problems exist and can be identified in early childhood

In 2023/2024 the Be You Leadership team is comprised of the following members:

Nicole Short (Coordinator)

Nicole Cox ( Educational Leader)

Chloe Galea ( Educator)

Vicky Worcester (Educator)

Stacey Trinder (Educator)

Taylah Jones (Educator)

Be You: Welcome
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