School Readiness Funding
Essential Communication Skills for Educators and Parents:
Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) is now listed as one of the evidence-informed programs and supports on the School Readiness Funding Menu. This funding is being offered by the Victorian Department of Education & Training to provide additional support for kindergartens to help children get the most out of their early learning.
P.E.T. provides a framework and skills to the educators and children that will assist them in meeting all the Early Years Learning and Development Outcomes whilst inherently adhering to the Practice Principles. Read below for more information on how P.E.T. integrates with the Outcomes.
OUTCOME 1: CHILDREN HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF IDENTITY
P.E.T supports families and educators in developing strong relationships and foster secure attachments with children, which, in turn, provide the foundation for children’s development of a strong sense of identity. P.E.T. assists parents and those working with children to develop close, connected relationships with children, whilst modelling specific communication skills necessary to navigate social environments.
P.E.T. explicitly teaches adults strategies to communicate their acceptance of children through attuned responses.
Through self-reflective techniques, participants become capable of understanding their fundamental needs and how meeting them affects their behaviours.
OUTCOME 2: CHILDREN ARE CONNECTED WITH AND CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR WORLD
Participants and children are involved in decision-making and can observe the effect of their actions on themselves, and the immediate and extended environment.
P.E.T. provides methods for helping children learn how to communicate effectively to form friendships, to be part of a social group and their community, and to experience a sense of belonging and connection. When parents and educators learn and practice effective communication skills, those adults become sort after role models from whom children learn.
OUTCOME 3: CHILDREN HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF WELLBEING
Understanding ownership of actions and being part of the decision-making process, nurture the feeling of belonging and strengthens their sense of identity. Understanding our fundamental needs through introspection enables us to act accordingly and appropriately, safeguarding our sense of well-being. All these skills are integral to P.E.T.’s teachings.
P.E.T. helps promote the development of children’s emotional self-regulation and social skills by first experiencing co-regulation with trusted caregivers.
P.E.T. skills promote the acquisition of self-regulation and social skills.
OUTCOME 4: CHILDREN ARE CONFIDENT AND INVOLVED LEARNERS
Understanding of their fundamental needs will assist the educators and children using Method III (P.E.T.s’ comprehensive problem-solving method) to be actively involved in decision-making about the learning and build confidence in their abilities.
OUTCOME 5: CHILDREN ARE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS
P.E.T. explicitly teaches communication skills that focus on clarity of information and highlighting concrete effects to create clear, assertive messages. In combination with Active Listening skills, the participant will be a competent messenger and receiver of information.
Children also become effective communicators by developing a vocabulary of feelings, self-awareness, and social-awareness. These skills are all promoted through P.E.T., as well as empathy, which is a critical skill in becoming an effective communicator and also to their development.
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To include P.E.T. in your School Readiness Funding Plan, please read below for the participation options:
For Your Staff
Option 1. Fundamentals of P.E.T.; $297 per person
3 hours (online only)
Option 2. Full Parent Effectiveness Training course; $997 per person (a combination of online and in-person)
- Fundamentals of P.E.T.–3 hours (online)
- Four facilitated sessions (21 hours in-person);
- A set of P.E.T. Participant’s materials which includes the 30th-anniversary edition of the P.E.T. book, a P.E.T. Workbook, a Participant Certificate, a copy of Dr. Gordon’s Credo, and a complimentary subscription to Gordon Training International, opt-in, monthly e-newsletter, “The P.E.T. Connection”, plus a free Introduction to P.E.T. for Centre Families (2h).
Option 3*. Full Parent Effectiveness Training course; $797 (online only)
- Fundamentals of P.E.T. 3 hours (online)
- Four facilitated sessions 21 hours (online);
- A set of P.E.T. Participant’s materials which includes the 30th-anniversary edition of the P.E.T. book, a P.E.T. Workbook, a Participant Certificate, a copy of Dr. Gordon’s Credo, and a complimentary subscription to GTI’s, opt-in, monthly e-newsletter, “The P.E.T. Connection”, plus a free Introduction to P.E.T. for Centre Families (2h).
*For online participants, postage and packaging fees will apply to receive the P.E.T. set of materials.