SRF Program

  • Engaging Families: Building and Sustaining Helpful Relationships With Parents

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Partnerships with professionals.

    ​Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Not applicable.

    Description

    Strong relationships with families help to promote positive parent-child relationships and early learning environments and experiences for children.  This three-hour workshop is designed to equip professionals with the confidence and tools necessary to engage with parents who may find services difficult to access.​

    The Engaging Families workshops explore the concept of parent/carer engagement from the perspective of families who are service-resistant, distrustful of professionals, or view early years services as ‘hard to access’. Learning objectives for the three-hour workshop are to increase understanding of ‘engagement’ as a term that requires a uniform definition, and ‘engagement’ as a culture of practice. The three-hour workshop is available online or face-to-face.

    There is also a full-day face-to-face workshop that covers the learning objectives from the three-our workshop and includes explorations of family ecology, worker and service characteristics that support parent engagement, and strategies to promote engagement within and across services.

    Detailed Costs

    ​Half-day (3 hour and 45 minutes) workshop:

    • Online: $220 per participant (incl. GST). Full workshop exclusively for service educators with a minimum of 9 and maximum of 15 participants: $3,300 (incl. GST) per workshop.
    • Face-to-face workshop (Metropolitan Melbourne): $235 per participant (incl. GST). Full workshop exclusively for service educators with a minimum of 9 and maximum of 15 participants: $3,525 (incl. GST) per workshop plus travel expenses.
    • Face-to-face workshop (Regional Victoria within an hour of Melbourne): $235 per participant (incl. GST). Full workshop exclusively for service educators with a minimum of nine and maximum of 15 participants: $3,525 (incl. GST) per workshop plus travel expenses and travel time.

    Full-day workshop: 

    • Online: $410 per participant (incl. GST). Full workshop exclusively for service educators with a minimum of 9 and maximum of 15 participants: $6,150 (incl. GST) per workshop.
    • Face-to-face workshop (Metropolitan Melbourne): $420 per participant (incl. GST). Full workshop exclusively for service educators with a minimum of 9 and maximum of 15 participants: $6,300 (incl. GST) per workshop plus travel expenses.
    • Face-to-face workshop (Regional Victoria within an hour of Melbourne): $420 per participant (incl. GST). Full workshop exclusively for service educators with a minimum of nine and maximum of 15 participants: $6,300 (incl. GST) per workshop plus travel expenses and travel time.

    A quote will be provided on application. Contact provider for information about potential travel and accommodation costs.

    Please note: Costs are based on standard weekday pricing. Weekend and out of hours sessions are negotiated at additional costs.

    This workshop is also available for single registrants through the Centre for Community Child Health's training calendar: https://www.rch.org.au/ccch/training-dev/engaging-families/  

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: educators.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: Workshops aim to help practitioners identify barriers and employ strategies for parent engagement within and across services. All of CCCH training is participatory and highly interactive. Participants attending online workshops are asked to have cameras turned on throughout the sessions with a preference for one participant per screen.

    Program adaptability: facilitators can modify the workshop content to meet the needs of participants and communities. All workshops are available in regional and rural locations. There will be some instances where face-to-face delivery is not possible. Face -to-face delivery will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

    Factors to consider: services may wish to partner with others and pool funding to meet minimum numbers and increase cost-efficiency. In particular, services in rural and regional settings are encouraged to pool funding and choose a suite of workshops.

    Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Supervision/coaching: experience has shown the importance of supervision and mentoring support, through a reflective practice approach, for training participants. Provider offers this to small groups and individuals (over the phone).

    Implementation model: the approach acknowledges the experience and expertise of participants. Facilitators conduct sessions in a participatory style and ask participants to reflect on the implications of their learning for practice.

    Tools and systems: for the online workshops participants will require access to a device (computer or tablet) with microphone and camera functionality to participate fully in this workshop.  Ideally participants should be on their own device and not sharing screens with other participants.

    For face-to-face delivery workshops, the contracting organisation is responsible for the venue and catering. The venue must be able to accommodate participants in a safe environment, allowing for current restrictions around social distancing.

    Priority Area

    Access and inclusion

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 6 – Supported by expert opinion