Early Years Licensed Practitioner

Learn how to work with babies and young children in a way that helps them to develop healthy, secure attachments and provides the foundations needed for emotional resilience, healthy stress regulation and learning.


At a glance

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Course duration

14 sessions

Delivery method

Delivery method

Virtual AM, PM or evening sessions

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Price per place from

£1660 excl. VAT

Wise Investment Guarantee


Course Outcomes

Thrive Licensed Practitioner training empowers you to actively develop the emotional wellbeing and resilience of all the children you work with. Successful completion of this course leads to Thrive Early Years Licensed Practitioner status.

You’ll learn how to equip children with vital social and emotional skills that will help them to effectively cope with stress, overcome adversity, and build their confidence and self-esteem. You’ll explore how to help children better understand and manage their emotions, so they can bounce back from challenges rather than becoming overwhelmed (which can lead to shut down or explosive behaviour). This also has a positive impact on attendance, learning outcomes and staff wellbeing.

Thrive Licensed Practitioner training will give you:

  • The tools to identify children with under-developed social and emotional skills
  • Practical strategies to help form strong relationships and provide positive experiences that shape behaviour
  • The knowledge to work with children whose social and emotional development has been interrupted, to build their skills and strengthen their stress regulation systems
  • A calm, motivated group of children who are ready to engage with life and learning

What’s included in the training and how is it delivered?

  • 3 months’ live, interactive online training with experienced Thrive experts
  • Individual feedback and support to complete the course
  • E-learning modules full of additional theory, videos, resources and opportunities to connect with other delegates
  • Mentoring on your case loads by Thrive specialists
  • Advice, guidance and clear steps to take with children who are causing you concern
  • A 100-page Thrive Delegate Reference Manual to keep and refer back to after your course
  • Access to networks of Thrive Licensed Practitioners to share best practice with and gain advice


Who is it for?

This course is ideal for anyone working closely with babies and very young children in a teaching, healthcare or social care role, including childminders and nursery and pre-school staff.

Please note: Prices are for courses starting on or after 1 September 2023. Price also includes Thrive membership, professional licensing on successful completion of the course, plus two CPD webinars in your first year.

Elizabeth Leer

Elizabeth Leer
Headteacher & Early Years Thrive Licensed Practitioner at Rothesay Nursery School

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“Thrive is a constant reminder about how important it is to know about neuroscience and how children’s brains are developing, especially during the early years. We can almost be like brain surgeons because children’s brains are able to forge new connections and adapt. What we do here really is shaping children’s futures.”

Patricia Scott - Pastoral Lead & Thrive Practitioner

Patricia Scott
Pastoral Lead & Thrive Practitioner, Little Mead Primary Academy.

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“We love Thrive - being able to correctly identify children’s emotional development needs has been a game changer. When I talk to parents with my ‘Thrive hat’ on they open up, feel listened to and are more likely to take my suggestions on board. In my opinion, this is as valuable as working with the child.”

Specific requirements: This is a practical, hands-on course that gives you tools and techniques to put into action along the way. For you to be able to apply the skills you learn, and to be professionally licensed, you will need to be working with young children over a period of time. Evidence of this is needed to become qualified. Full attendance is also required to gain Licensed status.

Face-to-face training: For settings that would like to commission a face-to-face training session, there is a flat rate charge of £450 per trainer per day (or part thereof) plus VAT.

Wise Investment Guarantee: If a Licensed Practitioner leaves a setting within 12 months of starting their course, we'll train another member of staff for free within 12 months of the original start date.

Thrive-Online: This course includes a free 3-month trial of Thrive-Online, our award-winning assessment, action-planning and progress-monitoring tool.

Retaining your licence: If you wish to retain your Thrive Licensed Practitioner status beyond year one, you will need to be connected to a setting with a Thrive-Online subscription and complete two CPD courses per annum.

The benefits of Thrive have been huge. I find that creating a really special relationship is key to everything. Once we have worked on that trust, that’s the beginning of it all."

Amelia Joyner, Leader, Cullompton Pre-School



What you'll learn

This course will help you understand how to build emotional health and wellbeing in babies, toddlers and young children.

During the virtual training sessions, you'll explore:

  • Key theories of early child development and strategies that support optimal social and emotional health and wellbeing for babies, toddlers and young children
  • How to assess the social and emotional skills of groups and individuals, build targeted action plans and monitor progress using your free 3-month trial to Thrive-Online
  • 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:

Session 1: Introducing the Thrive Approach
Session 2: How our brains and bodies respond to stress
Session 3: Relationship: Being and Doing
Session 4: Relationship: Thinking, and Power and Identity
Session 5: Understanding our responses to behaviour
Session 6: Being the resource

E-mentoring session 1

Session 7: Core emotions
Session 8: Supporting parents and carers
Session 9: Securing learning within time
Session 10: Behaviour as a communicator

E-mentoring session 2

Session 11: Thrive in the Early Years environment
Session 12: Being a Thrive Licensed Practitioner


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