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Greater Manchester (GM) is leading on a strategy to ensure that we are “getting it right from the start” for our babies, children and families. Why? The attachment relationship to a primary caregiver is a fundamental human need in babies and toddlers.  We are so vulnerable as newborn babies compared to other mammals; we need an attachment figure to care for us intensively in ...

The Right to Play   Children have a want, need and right to play. It is enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, 1989). Children having sufficient amounts of time, space and permission for play brings with it a wide range of benefits both in the moment and longer term.     The pandemic has led to changes in where, when, how and with w ...

In this recording from the EY Wellbeing Event (March 2021), Eleanor Law and Rachel Lyons (Educational Psychologists) provide an overview of the Early Years EFS programmme; how settings can engage with this process, access training and the Early Years specific EFS manual.  Early Years EFS offers a whole setting approach to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of adults ...

Introduction to the Early Years SEND Thrive document, jam packed with ideas and strategies to support children at a whole setting, small group and individual level.

In this workshop recording from the EY Wellbeing Event (March 2021) Erica Douglas-Osborn and Carla Tomlinson (Educational Psychologists) share practical tips informed by evidence-based approaches and best practice shared by Early Years practitioners in Salford, Tameside and Bury. We know that things have been especially challenging for Early Years staff over the past year, w ...

Ursula Krystek-Walton (Head of Early Years at Bertram Nursery Group) was our popular guest speaker at Salford's EY Wellbeing Event (March 2021). Ursula provided an inspiring introduction to early brain development, clearly explaining how the growing knowledge in the area of neuroscience can be used to support children’s self -regulation, learning and emotional development. Ursu ...

January is often a time of setting goals, making resolutions and starting to implement the changes we want to see in our lives. This year, with the coronavirus pandemic still impacting massively on the school community, it’s more important than ever to ensure wellbeing is at the very heart of the goals we are making. The EFS team has taken a look at mentoring as a low-cost and ...

About Pyramid club leader training: Pyramid clubs are a UK evidence-based intervention that support quiet, shy, withdrawn, anxious children and young people who are often struggling with friendships: they have run for many years in UK schools. The clubs help children and young people to develop better friendships and build their coping skills and confidence.  This academic year ...

Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) is a term used to describe children and young people who find it extremely difficult to come into school due to emotional issues. 1-2% of children and young people are reported to be affected by ESBA. A range of agencies in Salford including Educational Psychology, Education Welfare Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service ...

Tomorrow is World Mental Health day and the theme this year is ‘mental health for all’. This year has been a very challenging year for many of us, which is why it is more important than ever for all of us to prioritise our mental health. Research conducted by The New Economics Foundation (2008) suggests there are 5 key areas we can focus on to support our well-being.   This ...