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Understanding and Nurturing Emotional Competence

Children need to learn to recognise and understand their emotions so they can gain control over what the emotional brain is telling them. Emotional competence is the ability to be aware of feelings but also to take account of what … Continue reading

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10 ways to support a Flourishing Childhood.

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Starting from the child: 10 ways to let children show us what they need to flourish.

Every child is different. Both parents and teachers want the best for their children but often knowing what will work best can be hard. I like this definition of flourishing: Flourish:  grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, … Continue reading

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What Children Need to be Happy, Confident and Successful

I am grateful for this review from Chris Chesterman at Quest Psychology which has recently been published on his website. This book by Jeni Hooper, an educational psychologist, is an important work for anyone – parents, teachers, children’s professionals etc. – who … Continue reading

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10 ways to nurture wellbeing and build resilience

We live in a busy world where children as well as adults encounter challenges and may find this stressful. Some people are naturally confident and resilient but most of us need some help. So how do we support children who … Continue reading

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When should formal learning start?

How do we provide the best education for young children? We have a spectrum of opinion ranging between the  “start formal learning as soon as possible” view which has vocal support from the government and Ofsted and “Too Much Too … Continue reading

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How do we get children ready for school?

Recently Sir Micheal Wilshaw, Chief Inspector for Schools caused something of a stir when he said 30% of children were not school ready. He suggested a 4 year old starting school should be counting to 10, writing simple words, hold … Continue reading

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What children really need from parents and teachers.

I love watching what young children are doing; whether I’m in the supermarket or the park my eye is drawn to the happy absorption of young children in their own world. When children are free to choose they will be … Continue reading

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5 A Day for Wellbeing: Getting the Happiness Habit

What does wellbeing mean to you?  Is wellbeing something you do or something you have? I suspect that for many of us wellbeing is something we hope for but are not sure how to make happen on a daily basis. … Continue reading

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What do children need to become self-reliant and resilient

Children bring out our protective instincts but doing too much for them can rebound. The the world out there is tough so the temptation is to lead from the front and checkout everything that is happening. Is it safe? Is … Continue reading

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