Understanding and responding to trauma following a natural disaster -

Advice for early childhood teachers

Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) recently published advice for dealing with bushfire trauma, including self care for early childhood teachers and ways to address the needs of young children who may have experienced trauma. The checklist includes information on the following:

1. Self care in times of trauma
2. Limit exposure
3. Be self aware
4. Reconnect to your body
5. Connect with your community
6. Give yourself permission for time out
7. Be informed
8. Helping trauma affected children in our care
9. Maintain routines
10. Contain conversations which encourage fear
11. Use your relaxation spaces and encourage mindful activities
12. Monitor symptoms over time
13. Name and acknowledge feelings
14. Share helpful stories
15. Find some great books to share.

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