P.E.T. in your SRF Plan
How does P.E.T. align with the VEYLDF Practice Principles for children’s learning and development?
Practices and Principles are important in assisting children and their carers to become the best version of themselves. Therefore, it is important to have a program that aligns with the Practices and Principles of the VEYLDF targeted to children’s learning and development. Parent Effectiveness Training for Teachers and Educators aligns with all the Practices and Principles, assisting the centre teachers and educators, and also allied health professionals in meeting all the Practices and Principles of the VEYLDF P.E.T. aligns with:
- Reflective Practice
- Partnerships with Families
- High Expectations for Every Child
- Respectful Relationships and Responsive Engagement
- Equity and Diversity
- Assessment for Learning and Development
How does P.E.T. align with the VEYLDF five key Learning and Development Outcomes for children?
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 most of the Practice Principles.
OUTCOME 1: CHILDREN HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF IDENTITY
P.E.T supports families and educators to develop 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 will be able to understand 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, the immediate and extended environment.
P.E.T. provides methods for helping children learn how to communicate effectively to form friendships, be part of a social group and their community, and experience a sense of belonging and connection. When these are taught to parents and educators, those adults become 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 strengthen their sense of identity. Understanding our fundamental needs through introspection, enables us to act accordingly 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. These skills are taught to adults through the P.E.T. program.
OUTCOME 4: CHILDREN ARE CONFIDENT AND INVOLVED LEARNERS
Understanding their fundamental needs will assist the educators and children using Method III (P.E.T. comprehensive problem-solving method) to be actively involved in decision-making about 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 the skills of Active Listening, 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.