Australia has suffered a devastating early bushfire season with fires across the country burning through hundreds of thousands of hectares and destroying hundreds of properties with the loss of lives and wildlife. Children need to feel safe and secure to develop well in the early years, here are some resources you may find useful to support your community and the children and families you work with;

  • Emerging Minds Community Trauma Toolkit. This toolkit contains resources to help and support adults and children before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event. It will help you understand some of the impacts of disaster and how you can help lessen these impacts.
  • Birdie’s Tree is a suite of resources to help families with babies and young children recover from the emotional effects of natural disasters. It includes storybooks about fire, cyclones and others, in nine different languages, games and information for families with babies and young children.
  • The Raising Children Network have information on the importance for parents for take time to care for themselves: Trauma: Coping and looking after yourself

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