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Feelings & Behaviour in the EYFS

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Applicable to: 
Early Years Practitioners
Event Type: 
per person
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About this event

With many children attending childcare provision earlier in their lives than previously, we need to be confident that our practice and provision is a protective factor in their lives. Revisiting our child development knowledge with a focus on emotional development helps to reflect on our current children’s needs. 

Emotions are obviously linked to behaviour. Learning about behaviour in Early Years is complex and often difficult for both children and adults. A confusion of mixed messages exists that can complicate our thinking. This course supports practitioners to reflect on our expectations of the young children and our connection with their parents. ‘Feelings & Behaviour’ also gives us an opportunity to explore the recent increasing awareness of mental health and well-being. This day will give an opportunity for us to consider positive approaches to support children in their learning about social interaction and emotional understanding.

The course will cover:

  • Understanding developmentally appropriate awareness of emotions; what and how we can build positive approaches to support children’s learning;
  • The relationship between emotions, behaviour and successful social interactions;
  • Taking parents on the developmental journey with their children;
  • Practical approaches and strategies to develop realistic expectations of children’s behavioural learning.



Trainer(s): Dr Kay Mathieson

A knowledgeable and enthusiastic, well-published speaker, Dr Kay Mathieson has worked in Early Years and primary settings since 1981. This has included supporting children with additional needs, especially behaviour, and their families. She has led the Early Years Inclusion Team in a London Borough; completed her PhD research at Sussex University into the development of social competence in young children; worked with National Strategies as an Early Years Regional Adviser until 2011 when she became a Director of Linden Learning, an ethical educational training and consultancy business. Kay’s particular interest is exploring what life is like in our early years settings for two year olds and the way in which children with additional needs and their families are included effectively.