Early childhood

Tools to support early childhood education

These tools have been collated to assist practitioners supporting and partnering with early childhood services to develop, implement and evaluate an evidence based whole service approach to respectful relationships education (RRE).

Some tools are designed to build your skills and knowledge whilst other tools have been included so that you can provide them to the services’ staff to use with children, families or partner organisations.

Featured resource

Responding to and preventing family violence – The role of early childhood professionals (2016)

This page includes video recordings of the plenary sessions from a conference organised by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria and Community Child Care Association on the role of early childhood educators to respond to and prevent family violence. The conference was supported by the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Department of Education and Training.

Professional learning

  • The Department of Education and Training are inviting early childhood educators to register interest in enrolling in the respectful relationships professional development training.
  • Women’s Health in the North (WHIN) provides specialised training for early childhood professionals in their region.
  • Regional women’s health services across Victoria often provide prevention, gender equity and analysis training in their local communities.
  • VicHealth’s preventing violence against women training is a two-day course, providing practical knowledge and skills on how to prevent violence against women. This training would benefit community organisations supporting early childhood services.

Audit tools

  • Our Watch School Gender Equality Assessment (2016) is a gender equity assessment tool for a school context. This tool can be adapted for use with a school.
  • Maribyrnong City Council have developed a tool to assist in a gender audit of facilities. This tool can be adapted for use with an early childhood service.


Gender equity books can provide a fantastic opportunity for children to think outside of traditional gender roles. Here are some lists to choose from:


PiP has compiled a list of videos for RRE practitioners to incorporate into the training they provide to staff, sessions they run with families or community organisations, or to be shared with educators as a curriculum resource to use with the children they work with. Please note that whilst some of these videos will be appropriate for use with children, others are more applicable for use by professionals or an adult audience.

Classroom activities

Other websites

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