Bushfire recovery

This page contains a selection of existing resources for early childhood services and staff to support you, your colleagues, the children at your service and people in your community who have been impacted by bushfires.

Note, some of these resources give advice on recovering from natural disasters in general. Those that are bushfire specific have been marked with an asterisk (*).


Resources for you and your colleagues


BeYou: Educator wellbeing after a natural disaster - tips on how to balance your responsibilities and your own mental health.

* Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Grief and Loss Network: Disasters - bushfire resources - includes an information sheet on 'The importance of teacher self care'.


Resources for children at your service


* University of Wollongong: Bushfire response - early childhood education strategies and practices to support children who have experienced bushfire.

Birdie's Tree: Growing together through natural disasters - online storybooks and therapeutic games to help infants and young children affected by natural disasters.

Emerging Minds: Community Trauma Toolkit - resources educators can use to support children after a disaster or traumatic event.

Red Cross Australia: Help in Emergencies - lesson plans, activity books and guides for early childhood educators.

Be You: How to provide support after a natural disaster - tips and guidelines on supporting and comforting children after natural disasters.

Victoria State Government Better Health Channel: Trauma and Children - information on identifying and supporting preschoolers through trauma.

* NSW Department of Education: Bushfire information for school staff - advice on how to support children in your care who have been affected by bushfires.


Resources for families and the community


* University of Wollongong: Bushfire response - early childhood education strategies and practices to support communities who have experienced bushfire.

* Life in Mind: Mental health support for bushfire affected communities - mental health resources and services for individuals and communities.

* Australian Government mental health response to bushfire trauma - details of funding for distress counselling and mental health support for individuals, families and communities affected by bushfires.

* NSW Department of Education: Bushfire information for parents - advice on how to support children who have been affected by bushfires.


Counselling services

If at any time you are worried about your or the mental health of a loved one, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

You can also contact:

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