12 sessions
Costs from: £1,297
2 events scheduled

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.

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.


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 and Being
  4. E-mentoring session 1
  5. Virtual training session 4 – Relationship and Doing
  6. Virtual training session 5 – Relationship and Thinking
  7. Virtual training session 6 – Behaviour as a communicator
  8. Virtual training session 7 – Understanding our responses to behaviour
  9. Virtual training session 8 – Relationship and Power and Identity
  10. E-mentoring session 2
  11. Virtual training session 9 – Core emotions
  12. Virtual training session 10 – Supporting parents and carers
  13. Virtual training session 9 – Thrive in the Early Years environment
  14. Virtual training session 10 – 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 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 our training is now delivered by our experienced Thrive trainers using a mix of live webinars, e-learning sessions and e-mentoring. On our Thrive courses page 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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