A Scoping Review of Relationship-based Training Programs for Early Childhood Educators.

  • Mr. Jake Monaco University of South Australia
  • Dr. Jocelyn Kernot University of South Australia
  • Mrs. Mandy Seyfang Department for Education and Child Development
  • Ms. Joanna Gerangue Department for Education and Child Development
  • Ms. Holly Bowen-Salter University of South Australia
  • Dr. Kobie Boshoff University of South Australia

Abstract

Aim and Background: An increasing rise in childcare attendance has resulted in children spending additional time with non-parental caregivers, such as Early Childhood Educators (ECE’s). Strong relationships between children and ECE’s are important as these relationships impact on children’s development. Relationship-based training programs offered by occupational therapists, are one way of supporting educators with building and maintaining positive relationships with children in their care. This scoping review aimed to provide a summary of the features and outcomes of relationship-based training with ECE’s. Methods: After a systematic search and following PRISMA guidelines, a total of 26 studies were included. Results: A wide range of relationship-based training programs were described, with multiple components and group-based training, as well as individual consultation/coaching reported. All included studies reported that relationship-based training programs resulted in positive outcomes for children and/or educators. This review provides a foundation for designing relationship-based training programs for ECE’s.

Author Biographies

Mr. Jake Monaco, University of South Australia

At the time of this study Jake was an honours student in the Occupational Therapy Program, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide 5001

Dr. Jocelyn Kernot, University of South Australia

Lecturer, PhD, Occupational Therapy Program, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide 5001. Ph: +61 83022575. Email: Jocelyn.Kernot@unisa.edu.au

Mrs. Mandy Seyfang, Department for Education and Child Development

At the time of this study Mandy was the Senior Occupational Therapist, Family Support Program Early Years and Child Development Division, Department for Education and Child Development, 31 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Ms. Joanna Gerangue, Department for Education and Child Development

Senior Speech Pathologist, Children’s Centres Early Years and Child Development Division, Department for Education and Child Development, 31 Flinders St, Adelaide SA 500

Ms. Holly Bowen-Salter, University of South Australia

Academic Researcher, International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, City East Campus, Adelaide SA 5001

Dr. Kobie Boshoff, University of South Australia

Senior Lecturer, PhD, Occupational Therapy Program, International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, SA, 5001

Published
2020-07-26