Being emotionally available is key to progressing and developing. We know from reading and research that children who are not ready to learn because of emotional difficulties, struggle to make progress and develop as perhaps they might.
At our school we are passionate about the development of children and have been looking very closely at how the brain develops and also deals with trauma and upset. What is a trauma for one child, could mean nothing to another. We know that when a child is mid 'tantrum' or in a 'mood', that it can be tricky to shake it off or 'stop'. To ensure that children can self-regulate and build up coping strategies and resilience to face such times, they need adult support. We teach a child to count, why shouldn't we teach a child to deal with a 'bad mood'. All our staff have received training on how the brain works, how the brain reacts to trauma and upset and what we can do to support them and ensure that this takes precedent over learning new skills and furthering their academic development.
If we recognise that your child has a need or issues that is ongoing and not being resolved through everyday support and care, we will speak to you regarding this and look at what to do next. We have lots of different strategies to draw upon as a staff that we will review and match to your child's needs.
One of these strategies is known as Nurture. The majority of the sessions take place in our sensory room which provides a safe, relaxing and supportive environment in which children can share and learn.
At our school, we have been researching and doing further learning around the wellbeing of children and how they can label and verbalise their feelings. We know that children need to recognise their feelings and be able to self-regulate their emotions in relation to that feeling.
If you have any concerns or questions relating to any of the above information, please do not hesitate to speak to Peter at school.