Trauma-informed practice does not mean that teachers are trained to treat trauma, but rather that they understand the wide-ranging impact that trauma can have on children, their development, their wellbeing, and their ability to learn and interact in ECE settings.
Traumatic experiences in childhood can impact a child’s mental, physical, social, or emotional wellbeing and their ability to function in ECE and other settings. Exposure to trauma and adversity can have serious short- and long-term impacts for children and young people.
Research is clear that exposure to trauma early in life can result in neurological, psychological, physical, social, and learning challenges across the lifespan. Recent research has also shown that, when teachers respond sensitively to the impact of trauma, it helps children to engage, gives them a sense of belonging, and helps to reduce disruptive behaviours.
It is important to ensure that teachers and leaders know about the prevalence and consequences of childhood trauma. The more that teachers know and understand about childhood trauma, the more confident and better equipped they are to appropriately support children who have experienced trauma.
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