What is the Positive Living Skills Initiative?
The Positive Living Skills (PLS) Initiative is a whole of community approach to mental wellbeing. We support Early Learning Centres and Primary Schools lead a culture of mental wellbeing in their communities. Included in the initiative are ‘ready to implement’ ‘teacher-led’ scripted and resourced ‘whole of community’ programs aimed to build habitual skills for emotional intelligence in young people starting from Early Childhood through to Year 6, and that also support educators and families.
The suite of Positive Living Skills programs include:
1. The PLS Early Childhood Wellbeing Program including resources for children, educators and families
2. The PLS Primary School Wellbeing Program, also including student, teacher and family resources
3. The Positive Living Skills ‘5 Steps to Positive Living’ full day Professional Development ‘live’ Teacher workshops, delivered on site at your Service or School
4. Other products available to families via our website
What are the PLS Program Concepts?
There are 48 individual learning experiences included in the PLS Early Childhood Wellbeing Program organized under 6 main Program Concepts, which are:
To download a comprehensive PROGRAM INFORMATION DOC Click
HERE and to learn more about the program concepts visit our Educators Page.
Why the Positive Living Skills program?
While there is a variety of Social and Emotional frameworks and some specific SEL Learning programs in the Australian market offering value, the Positive Living Skills Early Childhood program offers unique value in that it is:
· Fully scripted for ease of use for time poor educators – it is a ‘pick up and run with’ program (minimal teacher preparation required)
· Our program contains a high number of pre-prepared resources and lessons as well as learning story templates and it is presented in a very accessible format
· The Program can be adapted or adopted for age groups 3-5 with each individual learning experiences containing suggestions for 0-2 years and provides complete flexibility for teachers
· The Program is matched to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) curriculum and supports the National Quality Standards
· Our program provides an engagement model for ongoing support of participating educators by professionals in the fields of Early Education
· Our program includes 3 Live Professional Development Webinars
· The Positive Living Skills Program can also be targeted to Home family day care and Before and After school care settings
· The program links resources with the home environment assisting families to navigate parenting and supporting children as they transition to Primary School
· The program addresses the alarming statistics around mental illness affecting young people today. With younger and younger children presenting with anxiety and depression, this program provides children with an opportunity to build habitual wellbeing skills
· The program supports already overworked Educators, by providing a completely prepared, ready to implement and fully flexible resource pool to teach habitual wellbeing skills, with each learning experience mapped to the EYLF Curriculum.
· Supports Kindergarten, Long Day Care Centre and Child Care Centre Directors and owners in supporting their teams, driving their business success and connecting with and supporting their community
What aged children is the program suitable for?
While the program has been primarily designed for the 3-5 year age group as a successful Social and Emotional and Transition to School program, the program is successfully delivered to ages 2 and younger, with suggested adaptations, as well as extensions, audios, stories and more.
How is the PLS Early Childhood Wellbeing program delivered?
Teachers and Educators deliver the program to the children within the Learning Environment. Once the team have perused their Program Pack and reviewed all the Teacher Resources, they are ready to deliver the Program and PLS provides support to Services to introduce the program and help engage Educators.
Learning experiences can be delivered in a flexible way to small or large groups of children.
How much time is involved in delivering/implementing the program?
Each Learning Experience has been designed to be delivered within a 15 minute time period with loads of potential to extend. To build a long term skills set for wellbeing it is suggested that PLS Learning Experiences be delivered at least once a week.
How flexible is the Early Childhood program?
The program is a fully flexible resource pool of scripted learning experiences which are predominantly play-based and mapped to the EYLF. Each Learning experience supports others in the program although all are completely stand alone. Apply the activity to a current situation in the room, or deliver the program in a linear or flexible way. As a professional educator the choice is yours!
Is Professional Development included?
Yes. Positive Living Skills offers Professional Development as part of the Program Package and all Educators from Licensed PLS member Centres/Preschools are invited to attend.
These PD experiences each have a different ‘focus’ topic and explore the concepts of the Program, both within the context of supporting teachers, educators and staff as they move forward with their own ongoing personal and professional development as well as applying the learning outcomes with the children.
How much training is required for teachers/educators to deliver the program?
A fully scripted Program Introduction Powerpoint Presentation is included in the Program Pack and once the team have perused their Program Pack, familiarized themselves with the Positive Living Skills concepts Resource videos/documents , browsed through the scripted learning experiences and resources, they are ready to start sharing the program with children!
Having said that a Customer Engagement Specialist from Positive Living Skills is available to assist teams to 'unpack' the program via online meetings and presentations.
How much planning/preparation is required to deliver a lesson?
Very little preparation is required. The teacher or educator decides on the PLS Learning Experience to deliver, gathers any external resources such as pencils or paper, puts on the supplied audio or refers to the provided resources, and is ready to implement!
How does the program meet the EYLF Curriculum outcomes?
Each of the 48 individual scripted and resourced Learning Experiences within the PLS Program are individually mapped to the Early Years Learning Framework Curriculum.
An EYLF Elements guide is included with the program that maps each of the 6 Topic headings to the EYLF Principles, Practices and Learning Outcomes, and each one-page scripted Learning Experience sheet maps to specific outcomes within the 5 Learning Outcome areas.
How Does the program support the National Quality Framework outcomes?
Feedback suggests that the Positive Living Skills Program supports Early Learning Centres in the majority of the Key Quality Areas, with particular focus on :
Educational Program and Practice
Children’s Health and Safety
Relationships with Children, and
Collaborative partnerships with families and communities.
If your service wants to move forward in meeting or exceeding the National Quality Standards, the Positive Living Skills program could support you in achieving your goals and is currently supporting Services Quality Improvement (QIP) plans.
What is the appeal for centre owners and directors?
The goal of the Positive Living Skills Wellbeing initiative is to not only support the social and emotional wellbeing of children, it also supports educators to meet their curriculum outcomes in all 5 areas of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
It also enhances the ongoing culture of the centre community, supporting teachers and educators to build their confidence and communication skills via both the lessons and Professional Development, which represents an opportunity for teachers and educators to continue to build their own emotional intelligence in a safe and confidential environment. The program also connects with families through the learning experiences and the online resource hub called the Family Link.
How does the program connect with parents, carers and the community?
The Positive Living Skills initiative is focused on supporting children, educators and families to build and maintain helpful ways to live fulfilled lives through the building of habitual skills for mental wellbeing.
To assist with this mission, we have developed a range of resources within the program that Educators can share with parents and carers via newsletter, and we have also developed the new Positive Living Skills family link. The family link is an online resource hub that contains a range of supportive audios and documents that are linked to the topics within the program and which can assist all members of the family to maintain their mental wellbeing.
Possa Bill is the program’s mascot character Puppet and he features in a range of learning experiences and he also features on our posters and resources throughout the program. Predominantly, Possa Bill represents the importance of building and maintain a growth mindset in life. The family link provides access to some of the audio stories which feature Possa Bill and additional resources will be added as the program grows.
Services are also equipped with a PLS 'Take Home pack' which gives families a chance to have Possa Bill in their own home for a set period of time (designated by the Service) and children and families can document their experiences with Possa Bill in the PLS scrap book.
How much does the PLS Early Childhood Wellbeing Program cost and how do I get started?
We consider the Positive Living Skills Initiative to be a community partnership where together we can positively support a mentally healthy, resilient and more focused future generation of people having the capacity to move toward and achieve their potential.
The Program is currenly being sold with a Lifetime Licence.
To find out how much the Program would cost to implement into your Service/Centre click
HERE for a detailed information pack.
What does the PLS Early Childhood Wellbeing Program Package include?
1 x Educators Manual
1 x Learning Experience and Resource Booklet for Educators
Learning Story Templates/Samples/Suggestions for each Program concept
1 x Possa Bill puppet (Possa Bill features throughout the program) with instructional videos and introductory documents
1 set of (3) Program posters
1 Digital copy of all Program materials including audios and videos on branded USB and Lanyard
5 x Happy Highlight clickers
20+ Audio stories, activities and songs
1 Positive Living Skills Kit Bag
1 x PLS 'Take Home pack' - containing a Possa Bill puppet, a highlight clicker, and a scrapbook in a lightweight PLS bag that can be sent home with children for a night or a week and families can record their adverntures with Possa Bill
Professional Development focused on supporting educators own emotional intelligence
A scripted Introductory presentation with Introductory videos covering each content topic
Access to the online resource hub for families called ‘The Family Link’ which can be shared with the school community and includes a sample of Program resources and information to support the home environment
Access to ongoing Customer Engagement Specialist via email and phone to help program to become embedded in the service.