Childhood Licensed Practitioner

Please note that for our licensed training courses, a Thrive-Online software subscription needs to be in place by the first day of the course so delegates can complete case studies as part of their training.  Licensed Practitioners will need to maintain their use of Thrive-Online after their training to meet the relicensing criteria.

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Course overview

Understanding what behaviour of children is actually communication will help you to engage children with life and learning. Ultimately, this will result in better outcomes for all children.

The Thrive Licensed Practitioner course for primary school aged children will introduce you to the Thrive Approach. It will show you how to be and what to do in response to children’s varying, and often complex, social and emotional needs. The course will demonstrate how Thrive-Online, our mapping, measuring and monitoring tool, can be used to profile whole classes and individual children, and to identify strategies and action plans that will support healthy emotional and social development. You will also be presented with a raft of practical activities. These will help you develop a relational stance and help children become ready to learn.

Thrive is the whole package – a great online framework to work from, backed up scientifically and developmentally. Simple, straightforward, easy to adopt yet highly effective.

– Delegate feedback

Suitable for

This course, leading to Thrive Licensed Practitioner status, is ideal for anyone working closely with primary school aged children in a teaching, health care or social care role. It is particularly beneficial to professionals with pastoral responsibilities, including safeguarding, special educational needs, SEMH education or a tutor role.

There are no previous qualifications required to undertake this course, other than being comfortable with day-to-day use of a laptop or tablet, having a role working with children and wanting to make a difference.

Price also includes: Thrive membership, professional Licensing on successful completion of the course, plus two CPD webinars in your first year.

Specific requirements: To be professionally Licensed you will need to be an authorised user of Thrive-Online through an annual whole-school subscription. This subscription needs to be in place for day one of your training. Full attendance is required to gain Licensed status.

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 Thrive Licensed Practitioner for Childhood course covers:

  • The development and functioning of the brain and nervous system.
  • The six developmental stages of social and emotional development.
  • The principles of attachment theory.
  • Key strategies for building supportive relationships.
  • The role of the arts, play and creativity in supporting social and emotional development.
  • How fear, anger, loss, change, separation, bereavement and joy can interrupt learning.
  • Instruction and practice in using Thrive-Online to profile and create targeted action plans for whole groups and individual children, and measure progress.

Course structure

The course is structured into 2 e-learning modules with 2 e-mentoring sessions and 12 virtual training sessions, each 3 hours long:

  1. Virtual training session 1 – Introducing the Thrive Approach
  2. Virtual training session 2 – Emotions, why they matter and Being
  3. Virtual training session 3 – Relationships and how they can get in the way
  4. Virtual training session 4 – Learning about Doing and Thinking
  5. Virtual training session 5 – Power and Identity, hooks and triggers
  6. Virtual training session 6 – Relationships and Skills and Structure
  7. E-mentoring session 1
  8. Virtual training session 7 – Understanding behaviour
  9. Virtual training session 8 – Deepening practice
  10. Virtual training session 9 – Being the source of real change
  11. Virtual training session 10 – Understanding fear and anger as interruptions to learning
  12. E-mentoring session 2
  13. Virtual training session 11 – Understanding loss and change as interruptions to learning
  14. Virtual training session 12 – Joy, success and becoming a Thrive Licensed Practitioner

Course outcomes

Successful completion of this course leads to Thrive Licensed Practitioner for Childhood status. You will have acquired the additional skills and knowledge to implement the Thrive Approach to benefit all students (right-time), and be able to work with individual students needing additional support (reparative).

To maintain your Licensed status you need to attend Thrive CPD courses and actively use Thrive-Online. The annual criteria is to gain 10 CPD points and profile/re-profile a minimum of three individuals.


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.

To talk through our training courses and to discuss funding options, contact our Relationship Development team on 01392 797555 or

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