The middle years is an under-researched area of childhood mental health development even though there are many challenges and opportunities in this period. Current mental health services are underutilised, and research shows the communities in which children participate can support children to manage mental health concerns and help prevent problems arising later in life. While OSHC educators spend a significant amount of time with many Australian children, they do not require training in mental health and there is almost no research that shows what educators know and understand of children's social and emotional development, mental health, or wellbeing needs. This research seeks to understand these and to highlight gaps in educator skills and knowledge that might contribute to the development of an intervention in the future. It is expected this formative research will be useful to the OSHC sector as work on the pedagogical framework is updated and to consider the future professionalisation of the workforce.
For more information or zoom link, please email the Graduate Research School or phone (07) 4631 1088. The zoom links are included in the ReDTrain Bulletin.