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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Emotions & Feelings
  • Emily Macfarlane
  • 40 Mins
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Skill Level

Qualified Educators


40 Mins


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Streaming Content

6 Videos


This class provides a thorough and integrated approach to understanding and nurturing children's mental health and wellbeing. The class begins by defining mental health and wellbeing, equipping you with the skills to have sensitive conversations and help children articulate their feelings. It progresses into the fascinating world of neuroscience, explaining how positive experiences trigger beneficial chemicals in the brain, and offering strategies to cultivate these positive responses in children. As you advance through the lessons, you'll learn to identify both positive and negative mental health indicators, ensuring you can recognise behavioural changes and support children effectively. The class also introduces the Leuven Scale, a valuable tool for assessing emotional wellbeing and engagement, which can be seamlessly integrated with your existing tracking systems. Additionally, the lessons emphasise the importance of helping children recognise and understand their emotions, fostering a positive relationship with their mental health. Practical techniques for co-regulation are provided, ensuring you can guide children to manage their emotions both independently and with support. By the end of this comprehensive guide, you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to create a supportive environment that promotes robust mental health for both children and staff, laying a strong foundation for lifelong emotional wellbeing.

Skills you'll learn

Lesson Content

1. Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing


Explore the fundamentals of mental health and wellbeing to facilitate sensitive conversations within your environment. This lesson focuses on helping children articulate their feelings and emotions, enabling them to comprehend their unique mental health. The techniques and insights gained will also empower you to support the mental health of your colleagues.

2. The Neuroscience of Positive Mental Health


Discover the fascinating neuroscience behind mental health as Emily explains the brain's chemical responses to positive experiences. By understanding these processes, you'll learn strategies to help children generate these positive chemicals, fostering an environment that promotes robust mental health.

3. Identifying Mental Health Indicators


Learn to distinguish between positive and negative mental health to better identify behavioural changes in children. Emily guides you through the signs of mental health struggles and thriving behaviours, and offers strategies for building strong relationships with families to ensure no behaviours go unnoticed.

4. Utilising the Leuven Scale


Understand how to apply the Leuven Scale to assess children's emotional wellbeing and engagement. Emily demonstrates how this tool complements your existing tracking systems, allowing you to maintain a detailed log of each child's emotional wellbeing throughout their time with you.

5. Supporting Emotional Recognition in Children


Empower children to recognise and understand their emotions, fostering a positive relationship with their mental health. In this lesson, Emily discusses the importance of guiding children through their varied emotions and teaches them how to navigate these feelings independently.

6. Strategies & Techniques for Co-Regulation


In the final lesson, Emily introduces techniques for co-regulating with the children in your care. Learn how to implement effective strategies to help children manage their emotions, both with your support and autonomously, ensuring they develop strong emotional regulation skills.

Meet your teacher

Having worked in early years since the age of 16 early childhood learning means everything to me, which is why I'm so passionate about ensuring a platform dedicated to our communities learning exists. I've experienced first hand the lack of genuine and affordable learning opportunities that exist within early years and trying to provide my teams with high quality and flexible training on a non-existent budget is an impossible task. Its our mission to change this.

'They've helped me re-find my spark and passion for early years!'

After losing my love of Early Years and taking a 10 year break from the sector, I have found The Early Years network!!. It has totally opened my eyes to how much the industry has evolved and has sparked my passion to retrain. Their videos have reminded me why I loved early years so much, and I can't wait to be back in practice again.

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