Underpinning science and theory

Thrive has been developed over the past 25 years, with its architects drawing from a wealth of experience in social work, psychotherapy and education.

Combining their collective knowledge and experience, our founders developed a social and emotional development model that looked at children's needs and provided responses and activities to engage them with life and learning.


Attachment Theory

The Thrive Approach is underpinned by attachment theory to help understand what a child or young person’s behaviour is communicating.

Child Development Theory

These theories explain how children change and grow during childhood and adolescence. The Thrive Approach uses these to focus on how to support healthy social, emotional and cognitive development as the young person grows. These theories also provide a lens through which to look at and interpret behaviour, and enable us to determine how best to respond.


Recent advances in neuroscience have informed our understanding of the brain and nervous system, and how these develop during childhood and adolescence. The Thrive Approach uses the latest insights to focus on the impact these changes can have on behaviour, the opportunities these developments offer to help young people engage with life and learning, and how it is never too late to help make a difference.

Play, creativity and the arts

The Thrive Approach uses interactive activities to help expand how children and young people express themselves. Through repetition this also helps to reinforce new learned behaviours.

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