Building Emotional Health in Early Years

NEW COURSE... Introductory training for those interested in using the Thrive Approach as a right-time approach to wellbeing for all babies, toddlers and young children.

4 sessions
Costs from: £322
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Course overview

This new training has been designed for those working with babies, toddlers and young children to develop a greater understanding of how to support their emotional wellbeing. It will provide you with a practical knowledge of how to be in your relationship with the children, and how this can help them to build their emotional resilience.

To be recognised as a Thrive Emotional Health Practitioner, you will need to be an authorised user of Thrive-Online, a profiling, measuring and monitoring tool, through a whole-setting subscription.

Suitable for

Building Emotional Health in Early Years is ideal for any practitioner working alongside nursery and pre-school aged children (0 to 5 year olds) in a teaching, healthcare or social care role, who is looking to introduce the Thrive Approach as a whole-setting wellbeing programme for right-time social and emotional development.

Suitable for childminders, nursery assistants, nursery nurses, nursery practitioners, room leaders, team leaders, play leaders, pre-school staff and early years foundation staff. No previous qualifications are required.

If you need to reschedule your course attendance because you have Covid or have to isolate, the first rearrangement is free, a subsequent rearrangement will incur an admin fee of £50 plus VAT and any further rescheduling will be charged at £100 plus VAT.

For settings that would like to commission a face-to-face training session, there is a flat rate charge of £300 per trainer per day (or part thereof) plus VAT.

Please note prices are for courses starting on or after 1 September 2021. 


Course content

The training will cover:

  • The Thrive Approach and its underpinning theory and established neuroscience.
  • The links between social and emotional development and maximising learning potential.
  • How to develop a whole-setting approach that supports the social and emotional health of all babies, toddlers, young children and children.
  • Appropriate expectations of behaviour at right-time development stages and how to support the development of these.
  • How to use key relational skills in your work with babies, toddlers, young children and children.
  • Using the Thrive-Online assessment and action-planning tool to screen children for right-time emotional and social development.
  • Interpreting the Thrive-Online data to plan specific strategies and activities that support the wellbeing of all babies, toddlers, young children and children in your setting.
  • Incorporating strategies and activities into your everyday routines and structures.
  • Evidencing the progress of children and demonstrating the impact of the Thrive Approach.
  • The role of Thrive Licensed Practitioners and how to support them effectively.




Course structure

The course is delivered as four 3-hour live virtual sessions:

  • Session 1 – Thinking about ourselves and our self-awareness.
  • Session 2 – Thrive as a right-time approach for supporting the wellbeing of all children.
  • Session 3 – Theory and practice for 0- to 18-month-olds.
  • Session 4 – Theory and practice for 18-month to 4-year-olds.

Course outcomes

Successful completion of this course leads to Thrive Emotional Health Practitioner status. By the end of the course you will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to take a practical approach to embedding Thrive in your setting to support the wellbeing of all babies, toddlers, young children and children. You will be able to use the Thrive Approach as a daily resource to support age-appropriate social and emotional development for every child to improve their learning outcomes.

If you would like to further develop your understanding of how you can support younger children with some of the struggles they may have with their social and emotional learning, you may be interested in the Thrive Early Years Licensed Practitioner training.


Where can I find upcoming Thrive training in my area?

All Thrive training is now delivered by our experienced Thrive trainers using a mix of live webinars, e-learning sessions and e-mentoring. On the Thrive training pages you can find dates for courses running throughout the year. We also have a team of regional Relationship Managers who are happy to help – meet the regional team here.

Can I complete Thrive training as an individual or do I need to be part of an organisation?

To become a Thrive Licensed Practitioner you will need to be working with children on a regular basis and be able to carry out Thrive-Online assessments to pass the course. We recommend volunteering at a school if this is not possible in your current role.

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