Support for early years social and emotional development
It is helpful to understand that all behaviour is a form of communication. There is always a reason for the way young children behave, even though the triggers may not be obvious or even visible via observation. Behaviour is the communication of unmet needs, therefore practitioners should take time to unpick and understand what the unmet needs are that may be impacting on the child’s social and emotional development.
Practitioners also need to be aware that certain behaviours occur as part of the typical pattern of a child’s social and emotional development, and how this can be affected by adverse experiences and traumatic events.
Further support for parents and practitioners:
- Understanding Childhood website provides downloadable information leaflets for families and childcare professionals to help raise emotionally secure children.
- Early Help parenting courses including the free online Solihull Approach training.
- The Talk Community Directory has advice on understanding and dealing with different types of behaviour such as tantrums and biting.
The Early Years SEMH Project
Pre-school children who have been referred by their setting to the Local Authority Early Years Team for inclusion support may also be eligible to participate in the Early Years SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) Project, with additional support and advice being provided by the Behaviour Support Team.
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