The Early Years: How to improve the social and emotional development of young children

4th August 2022| Blogs

The continued effect of the pandemic on very young children is clear

The Thrive Journey for Early Years

Thankfully for Amelia Jayner and Rebecca Openshaw, Leader of Cullompton Pre-School and Early Years Leader of St Mary's Academy Trust respectively, they caught on early to a secret formula: The Thrive Journey for Early Years

This whole-setting approach helps prevent mental health issues from arising later in life and supports children to feel safe, secure and ready to learn. It’s why Thrive is the wellbeing provider of choice for over 52,000 senior leaders and classroom staff in the UK.

Now Amelia and Rebecca have:

  • Insight into ‘what to do’ and ‘how to be’ with each child to help them reach their potential
  • Age-appropriate action plans to prevent future interruptions or catch up on ‘not-yet-secure’ social and emotional development
  • Strategies to reduce anxiety and boost resilience, trust and willingness to learn
  • Detailed reports to evidence impact and track progression of groups or individuals  
  • Tools and strategies that help to boost job satisfaction and retention 

 Here's what they both said:


"Children come into our busy setting feeling overwhelmed. The Thrive Approach is the quickest way to help them move past that. We have a really broad range of children in the setting - children from really stable family backgrounds and children who are in child protection. I find that creating a really special relationship is key to everything. Once we’ve worked on that trust and being safe, that’s the beginning of it all. The children really move forward. The benefits of Thrive have been huge and everyone feels the value."

Amelia Jayner. Leader, Cullompton Pre-School

"I use Thrive as an essential part of day-to-day life. Catching children in these key times helps us to support their emotional development and build their confidence, curiosity and resilience. This has been all the more relevant and necessary with Covid.

Having knowledge of Thrive and the neuroscience around brain development has allowed us to remain supportive of children’s needs. The strategies, activities and ideas give a secure understanding of how we can support our foundation stage children in this key time of learning. It’s fantastic to see the huge impact it’s had."

Rebecca Openshaw. Early Years Leader, St Mary's Academy Trust




Over to you

The Thrive Journey could help build confidence, curiosity and resilience in your setting too. And we don’t want you to miss out. Starting your journey couldn’t be easier. When you’re ready to join the 2,600+ other settings taking a proactive approach to social and emotional development, schedule a 20-minute Discovery Call with a Relationship Manager by clicking below. We want you to ensure that you’re spending your time, energy and funding wisely. These calls allow you to have your questions answered and establish whether or not we’re a good fit. Our Relationship Managers won’t sell to you, but they will let you know if they think we can help. 


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