Pupil Wellbeing in Early Years

Unlock the potential to transform the lives of the children in your care by becoming a Thrive-accredited Pupil Wellbeing Specialist. This comprehensive training course is designed for practitioners working with babies, toddlers, and young children, focusing on social and emotional development to promote healthy growth and support mental health and wellbeing.

Why Choose Our Pupil Wellbeing in Early Years course?

Are you passionate about building positive relationships, creating a sense of belonging, and ensuring every child in your setting feels safe and supported? Are you curious about behaviour and what it might be communicating? If yes, this Pupil Wellbeing Course could be the perfect fit.


At a glance

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Course duration

12 hours

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Thrive-Online access

30 days free

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Price per place from

£390 excl. VAT



Course Outcomes

By completing this Pupil Wellbeing Course, you will qualify as a Thrive-accredited Pupil Wellbeing Specialist.

You will gain the skills, knowledge, and understanding needed to practically embed the Thrive Approach in your setting, supporting the wellbeing of the babies, toddlers, and young children you work with. Use this approach daily to enhance age-appropriate social and emotional development, and improve learning outcomes for every child.

If you want to deepen your understanding of supporting younger children with social and emotional development, consider our Early Years Licensed Practitioner training. Alternatively, after becoming a Pupil Wellbeing Specialist, you can take additional modules to upgrade to full Thrive Licensed Practitioner status.

Who is it for?

This course is perfect for practitioners working with nursery and pre-school aged children (0 to 5-year-olds) in teaching, healthcare, or social care roles.

It’s 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.

Please note: This course was previously Building Emotional Health.


£390 excl. VAT

Prices are for courses starting on or after 1 September 2024. 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.



I was keen to enrol on Thrive’s highly credited course. It’s motivated me to make small changes in the nursery that will go a long way."

Louise Gorman. SENCO, Co-op Childcare.



What you'll learn

During the virtual training sessions, you'll explore:

  • The Thrive Approach: Understand its underpinning theory and established neuroscience.
  • Social and Emotional Development: Learn the links between emotional growth and maximising learning potential.
  • Whole-Setting Approach: Develop strategies to support the social and emotional health of all babies, toddlers, and young children.
  • Behavioural Expectations: Understand appropriate behaviour expectations and support development at each stage.
  • Key Relational Skills: Use essential relational skills in your work with young children.
  • Thrive-Online Tool: Evaluate children’s social and emotional skills using the Thrive-Online assessment and action-planning tool.
  • Data Interpretation: Plan specific strategies and activities based on Thrive-Online data to support child wellbeing.
  • Curriculum Integration: Incorporate wellbeing strategies into everyday routines and structures.
  • Evidencing Progress: Demonstrate the impact of the Thrive Approach on children’s progress.
  • Supporting Thrive Licensed Practitioners: Understand the role of Thrive Licensed Practitioners and how to effectively support them.

Course structure

The course is structured into four virtual training sessions, each three hours long:

  • 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

Enrol today

Ready to transform the emotional health and resilience of the young children in your care? Select an upcoming date below to join our Pupil Wellbeing in Early Years Course and take the first step towards fostering a supportive, thriving environment for young children.



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