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Emotional regulation as a key to understanding young children’s behaviour: Underneath the iceberg.


  • Understand the importance of the development of self regulation as a key skill for learning and development
  • Explore the aspects of early child development which contribute to the establishment of self regulation
  • Look at the links between self regulation and other executive functions of the developing brain for supporting resilience , well being and good mental health
  • Consider the types of activities and approaches which can support children to develop emotional regulation.

This course will use the most up to date information from neuroscience about how the brain develops from experiences and interactions and how relationships with caring adults are key to how young children learn to self regulate through co regulation. Materials and research for the Harvard Centre for the Developing Child will be used to exemplify these topics and to form the basis for discussion.

Session 1.

How social emotional and brain development is influenced by early experiences and interactions.

Session 2.

Examine the key aspects of development, which contribute to children’s capacity to become competent in self-regulation and impulse control.

Session 3.

Observing and gaining understanding of what may indicate that a child is struggling to self regulate.

Session 4.

What is it that adults need to know and do to enable young children to self regulate.

Introduction to Emotion coaching.

Planning for a soothing and stimulating environment for healthy brain development.

Trainer: Julie Revels

To book this course, please complete our booking enquiry form

Children’s emotional development
Personal, social and emotional development