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Social and emotional early development strategy (SEEDS)

SEEDS is a mental health promotion framework designed to enhance the social and emotional well-being of children, families and staff working in early childhood services.

It was developed by Southern Regional Services, Division of the Chief Health Officer, Queensland Health, and incorporates the latest evidence-based practice on promotion of attachment and social and emotional wellbeing in early childhood.

The SEEDS framework recognises that social and emotional well-being develops through nurturing and valuing relationships between young children, parents and staff of early childhood services and their local community.

SEEDS explores how the 'head', 'heart', and 'hands' contributes to nurturing relationships. The framework emphasises key practice principles, including making time to talk, reflecting on individual practice and nurturing connectedness.

The SEEDS package

The SEEDS package includes:
SEEDS framework poster
SEEDS packet that highlights the role of health promotion in early childhood
Foldout flower which highlights the needs of children, staff, parents and community and strategies to enhance social and emotional well-being CD that contains tools and resources to support the implementation of SEEDS within your early childhood community 'Free use' copyright for educational purposes
Other features of the SEEDS package:
supported by the Queensland Health, Healthy bodies healthy minds framework for the childcare sector; a must have resource for every childcare service.
uses the latest research and evidence based practice compliments accreditation standards and the Early Years Learning Framework provides links to numerous resources and supporting information contains practical examples to facilitate change.

SEEDS Professional Support

For further information about PSCQ SEEDS professional development in 2010 or to register your interest in SEEDS workshops in 2010 please go to Professional Support Coordinator Queensland (PSCQ): www.pscq.org.au/activities.html

The site also provides useful links to other early childhood resource links.