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Free to Be Me

A program that aims to create an environment where children can be free to be whoever they are, without the restriction of gender stereotypes.

From a very young age, children begin to form ideas about what it means to be a boy or a girl. For example, a statement like ‘boys don’t cry’ sends a message that boys shouldn’t express their feelings. These gender stereotypes can be harmful because they make children feel that they must look, feel, or act a certain way.  

Challenging gender stereotypes has many benefits. It can help children to have respectful and equal relationships, express emotions in a healthy way, and promotes gender equity. Research tells us that set gender roles can lead to gender inequality – one of the key factors leading to violence against women.  

We provide centres with: 

  • A dedicated Health Promotion Practitioner to offer support and guidance. 
  • An easy-to-use resource kit to guide educators. 
  • Professional development training and support to promote respectful relationships and gender equity.  
  • Practical strategies to use in centres.

Where can I get more information? 

Download our Information Sheet, email  health.promotion@accesshc.org.au or call us on (03) 9810 3000. 

Quick Links 

  • Book Review Tool


  • Free to Be Me Information Sheet 
  • Free to Be Me Booklist 
  • Free to Be Me Booklet 
  • Self-Reflection Tool 
  • Gender Equity Assessment Tool 
  • Spaces and Play Assessment Tool 
  • Book Review Tool (pdf) 
  • Gender Equity Policy Template 

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It's quick and easy to book online or you can call our friendly intake team on
03 9810 3000. We are here to help.

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