Early Years 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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12 sessions
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Course overview

Thrive in Early Years provides a ‘right time’ approach to helping babies and very young children develop healthy, secure attachments and build emotional resilience. This course explores how to identify, at the earliest opportunity,  the emotional developmental needs of a child so that differentiated provision to address those needs can be put in place quickly by those close to the child. You will be given simple, practical strategies to promote well-being and learning. By the end of the course you will feel more confident and competent to work with babies, young children and their parents and carers.

“Each week I feel my knowledge has grown and I have taken away something practical to implement straight away. A significant moment for me was delivering training to my nursery team as it gave me the chance to really consolidate my knowledge, as I was keen to accurately disseminate my own learning for the benefit of our children.” Delegate, June 2021.

Suitable for

This course, leading to Thrive Licensed Practitioner status, is ideal for anyone working closely with babies and very young children in a teaching, health care or social care role, including childminders and nursery and pre-school staff.

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 young 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-setting 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

Thrive in the Early Years supports the understanding of how to build emotional health and wellbeing in babies, toddlers and young children. This course explores:

  • key theories of early child development and strategies that support optimal social and emotional health and well-being for babies, toddlers and young children
  • how to use Thrive-Online, our profiling, measuring and monitoring tool, for group screening, individual baseline screening and action planning
  • strategies and activities to support learning for babies, toddlers and young children
  • relational experiences that support key developmental tasks
  • how to recognise the key times that babies, toddlers or young children may struggle with, and provides strategies for managing these times
  • how to notice and address early signs of difficulties and offer relevant support to meet individual needs within time.

Course structure

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

  1. Virtual training session 1 – Introducing the Thrive Approach
  2. Virtual training session 2 – How our brains and bodies respond to stress
  3. Virtual training session 3 – Relationship: Being and Doing
  4. Virtual training session 4 – Relationship: Thinking, and Power and Identity
  5. Virtual training session 5 – Understanding our responses to behaviour
  6. Virtual training session 6 – Being the resource
  7. E-mentoring session 1
  8. Virtual training session 7 – Core emotions
  9. Virtual training session 8 – Supporting parents and carers
  10. Virtual training session 9 – Securing learning within time
  11. Virtual training session 10 – Behaviour as a communicator
  12. E-mentoring session 2
  13. Virtual training session 11 – Thrive in the Early Years environment
  14. Virtual training session 12 – Being a Thrive Licensed Practitioner

Course outcomes

Successful completion of this course leads to Thrive Licensed Practitioner for Early Years status. You will have acquired the additional skills and knowledge to implement the Thrive Approach to benefit all the babies, toddlers and young children you work with, helping you to feel more confident and competent in your work with them and their parents and carers.

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 enquiries@thriveapproach.com

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