SRF Program

  • Connect with Me - Marte Meo Video Interaction Guidance

    VEYLDF Alignment

    ​Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity, Assessment for learning and development, Integrated teaching and learning approaches, Partnerships with professionals.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes.

    Description

    ​The Connect with Me program provides educators with the opportunity to develop the social and emotional capacity of children. Connect with Me Program options include Foundations (group PD or E-Modules), Intermediate (PD and Group/Individual mentoring) and Enhanced (20 or 30 weeks comprehensive pedagogical coaching and support). All programs are underpinned by childhood brain development research, early years developmental research and theories, Marte Meo supportive communication approaches, and attachment research. 

    Through exploring the role of connection in education, participants will learn techniques and intentional teaching methods to activate development rather than compensate for problems. Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) is used as the preferred reflective tool to explore the 'how to' of upskilling development and to embed learning into practice. Video footage of the child and their peers or educators is reflected upon in strength-based mentoring sessions to identify opportunities and techniques to activate the child's development. 

    Key principles and learning in the Connect with Me program include:

    • Techniques and mentoring sessions are grounded in a strengths-based philosophy.
    • Understanding childhood brain development and attachment theory.
    • The role of connection in education and how it improves children's developmental outcomes.
    • It's our role as adults to meet each child where they are at on their developmental journey.
    • Developing social and emotional skills is a step-by-step process – needing time, patience, and practice.
    • There are easy to learn techniques that adults can use to support a child's social and emotional development.
    • Understand the developmental message behind the behaviour.
    • Worrying or challenging behaviours should be responded to through calm, consistent intentional teaching methods.
    • Reflective practice is essential in maintaining a high standard of practice and education.
    • The benefits and outcomes of using Video Interaction Review for reflective practice and advancing development. 

    Connect with Me Foundations – Group Professional Development or E Module Training

    Option 1: Connect with Me – Concepts Class: provides an overview of the evidence and techniques to nurturing and improving social and emotional development in children. The 2-hour program covers the Connect with Me foundational content in a face-to-face or online meeting platform

    Option 2: Connect with Me – E- Module Series: includes 5 self-paced e-learning modules that provide a comprehensive introduction to the key concepts of Connect with Me through interactive content, videos, animations, evidence articles and printable handouts. 

    • Module 1: Brain Under Construction
    • Module 2: You are the Agent of Change
    • Module 3: Techniques to Develop Social and Emotional Learning
    • Module 4: Intentional Teaching Part 1
    • Module 5: Intentional Teaching Part 2 and Early Years Planning Cycles

    Connect with Me Intermediate - Collaborative or Individual Video Mentoring

    Option 1: Connect with Me – Collaborate: includes the use of Video Interaction Guidance mentoring sessions as a reflective tool to identify opportunities and techniques to activate the child's social and emotional development. Videos are reviewed in each collaborative mentoring session, drawing on observations from peers and developing collective practices.

    Participants in this program complete:

    • A choice of one of the Connect with Me Foundations programs (self-paced E-Module Series or participant/s to join a 2-hour Connect with Me Concepts Class) to jump-start learning and assist with comprehension of techniques either.
    • 4 x Video Interaction Guidance Group mentoring sessions that take place over an agreed length of time, preferably fortnightly (10 weeks).

    Option 2: Connect with Me – Individual: includes the use of individual Video Interaction Guidance mentoring sessions. Videos are reviewed in each mentoring session, with a focus on developing consistent and established practices to support the individual educators chosen area of development. 

    Participants in this program complete:

    • A choice of one of the Connect with Me Foundations programs (self-paced E-Module Series or participant/s to join a 2-hour Connect with Me Concepts Class) to start learning and assist with comprehension of techniques either.
    • 4 x Video Interaction Guidance Individual mentoring sessions that take place over an agreed length of time, preferably fortnightly (10 weeks).

    Connect with Me Enhanced - Comprehensive Pedagogical Coaching 

    The enhanced program has been designed as a partnership model to allow Connect with Me staff to work flexibly and customise the service delivery to meet the specific needs of each kindergarten.

    Package 1: Delivered across 20 weeks (2 terms) including: 

    • 2-hour introductory session or self-paced E-Module series.
    • 8 x group or individual mentoring sessions using video interaction guidance.
    • 2 x half-day observations strength-based reflective feedback.
    • 2-hour online parent information webinar.
    • Phone and email support throughout. 
    • Supporting staff to develop and reflect on Early Years Plans using intentional teaching methods and data collection for service goals.
    • 1-hour final session - Where did we start? Where are we now? Our future goals!
    • 54 hours of our Connect with Me staff servicing your kindergarten.  

    Package 2: Delivered across 30 weeks (3 terms) including: 

    • 2-hour introductory session or self-paced E-Module series.
    • 12 x group or individual mentoring sessions using video interaction guidance.
    • 3 x half-day observations strength-based reflective feedback.
    • 2-hour online parent information webinar.
    • Phone and email support throughout.
    • Supporting staff to develop and reflect on Early Years Plans using intentional teaching methods and data collection for service goals.
    • 1-hour final session - Where did we start? Where are we now? Our future goals! 
    • 74 hours of our Connect with Me staff servicing your kindergarten.  

    An action plan is developed with your service at the beginning of the program, to ensure the program suits your individual service, backfill and staffing needs, aligning with the VELDYF and the NQS and allowing flexible but sufficient contact time to gain valuable results.

    Detailed Costs

    Connect with Me Foundations

    Option 1, 2 hours Professional Development Concepts Class: $258 per participant (incl. GST), or $2320 (incl. GST) for groups between 10-20 participants

    Option 2, Connect with Me – E-module series:

    • $148 (incl. GST) per participant
    • $374 (incl. GST) for 3 participants
    • $521 (incl. GST) for 5 participants
    • $988 (incl. GST) for 10 participants.

    Connect with Me Intermediate

    Option 1, Collaborate Program: $7,340 (incl. GST) for groups of up to ten participants

    Option 2, Individual Program: $3,690 (incl. GST) per participant 

    Connect with Me Enhanced

    Package 1 (20 weeks): $33,250 (incl. GST)

    Package 2 (30 weeks): $45,560 (incl. GST)

    Additional travel costs may apply if travel 100km or more from Geelong CBD is required: 88 cents/km and for round trips more than 3.5 hours an additional $200 per travelling hour will apply.  

    Accommodation: $200/night

    Contact provider for a personalised quote

    Implementation Considerations

    ​Target Population: Educators.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: Connect with Me was developed using a combination of early years developmental research, psychosocial perspectives and Marte Meo approaches. The Connect with Me program provides educators with an understanding of typically development children aged 3-5 years, together with intentional teachings of pro-social skills using everyday moment to moment interactions between children and educators through the use of video interaction guidance. If required, Connect with Me staff will provide a parent consent form to the service and will require signed consent prior to reviewing a child’s video. 

    Program adaptability: The program is designed to be delivered flexibly, with online and onsite components. If circumstances require, the program can be delivered completely online.

    Staffing: Services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing programs. Mentoring sessions can be offered outside of the kindergarten class hours if required. 

    The provider recommends the following as indicative backfill requirements for each program option:

    • Connect with Me Enhanced Package 1: 15 hours across 2 terms
    • Connect with Me Enhanced Package 2: 20 hours across 3 terms
    • Connect with Me Collaborate: 5 hour per participant 
    • Connect with Me Individual: 5 hours
    • Connect with Me Concepts Class: 2 hours
    • Connect with Me E-Module Series: each module is approximately 20 minutes. 5 modules will require 1.5 hours - 2 hours.

    Supervision/coaching: Online mentoring sessions are provided as part of the Intermediate and Enhanced Programs.

    Tools and systems: Access to a device and stable internet connection. All staff employed by The Social & Emotional Learning Foundation are fully vaccinated. 

    Priority Area

    Communication (language development), Wellbeing (social and emotional), Access and Inclusion

    Strength of Evidence

    Level 5 – Foundational research evidence