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Innovative Solutions


Do you work with children who have experienced trauma? Your organisation could be eligible for Innovative Solutions Funding for staff professional development.

What is Innovative Solutions Funding?

Innovative Solutions Funding is for early childhood educators and care services

It can help:​

  • train staff to support the inclusion of children who have experienced trauma (see below)

  • overcome barriers to inclusion 

  • embed inclusive practices.

Who can apply for funding?

Services that have been approved for the provision of the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) can apply for funding. This includes:​

  • Centre-Based Day Care including Long Day Care and Occasional Care

  • Outside School Hours Care including before, after and vacation care

  • Family Day Care

How can Growing Futures help?

Children who have experienced trauma can have multiple barriers to inclusion. Staff working with these children can struggle to provide appropriate support. ​

Growing Futures can work with your organisation to provide training to support children who have experienced trauma. We can develop a quote which you can use to apply for funding to train your staff.  

Contact us

Get in touch to discuss a quote for an Innovative Solutions funded project.

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Funding story

A childcare centre we worked with had children in their care who had experienced complex trauma (including family violence and abuse).


The children were displaying challenging behaviours. They were having trouble learning and forming friendships.


The centre's director was concerned that staff may be experiencing vicarious trauma from trying to support the children.

The Director contacted us to develop a plan. They need help to train and support their staff so they could respond to childhood trauma.

Our quote included:

  • Training for all staff in recognising and responding to trauma in the classroom. Our goal was to build capacity of the whole team to support the children as they moved through the centre.

  • A self-care workshop where staff could reflect on the impact of working with children who had experienced trauma.

  • A meeting with the staff who were working directly with the child to discuss their particular challenges and strategies (parental consent was sought to discuss the child openly)

  • A review session with the whole team to discuss implementation of strategies at the two and four month mark.

The centre worked with their local Inclusion Agency to apply for funding so that Growing Futures could deliver training.

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