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Self regulation BASICS Re-framing negative behavio

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Online training for EY professionals to support excellent practice , provision and pedagogy allowing young children to thrive and learn.

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(Live online CPD session, with pre-event reflective practitioner pack and course notes pre-reading, plus CPD certificate upon completion).

This online CPD short course aims to support understanding and application of theory , research and excellent early years practice relating to self-regulation skills, linked to the stress related behaviours of young children.

The course is split across 3 parts in order to allow delegates to gain the most from the information, learning, reflection and their final participation

Part 1 - Course pre-notes : Pre-event course notes (released 1 x week via online link/ email prior to the course for you to do in your own time and support your understanding of the final session);

Part 2 - Reflections: A voluntary reflective practitioner own input and planning document (just for you and your learning/ setting, so that you can successfully apply what you take most from the course for the children within your care) . Released 1 x week via online link/ email prior to the course for you to do in your own time and support your understanding of the final session. Key Qs for the course leader will also be requested at this time.

Part 3: A live 1 hour online course session (in limited group size) with the course leader and other delegates to put the learning into practice - this will be on a given date / time for you to access online and join and the link will be given upon sign up to/ payment for the course. Q and A can also be given at this session.

Course references will also be given at this session - for extra reading and useful support and the opportunity for feedback


Through this course, you will begin to understand the basics of early brain and body childhood development and how this links to healthy and positive outcomes for children in terms of life and learning.

Moreover, you will develop a key understanding of the role of Stress on behaviour and your role in co-regulation to reduce dys-regulation of the stress systems in children, in order to enable children then to ideally master key self regulation skills, which will have a huge impact on their later academic and well-being outcomes.

Furthermore, recent academic research will enhance your practical knowledge of some of the factors linked to increased stress levels of children within the environment, pedagogy, practice and their lives and how these relate to the educational and life outcomes of unique children.

The course also aims to allow individual reflection upon personal practice and regulation skills, in order to allow for greater reflexivity and thus greater outcomes for the children in your care.

Overall, you will begin to be able to address the potential root causes of poor learning and social behaviours, by re-framing these in terms of up to date research-led evidence linking to stress reactions within the brain and body, allowing you to support, enable and nurture children to thrive within your setting or school environment (and at home).

Course Outline:Session 1:

Theory, research and self regulation and stress: (Undertaken in OWN FREE TIME - PDF notes and online link to summary)

  • Basic introduction to Self-regulation (executive functioning) skills from babies to school-age and beyond – how these translate to behaviours, skills & L/T learning and life outcomes.
  • Epigenetics, mirror neurons & effective development of a healthy brain and body. Research - executive functioning skills: implications for EY practice /child outcomes.
  • 'Fight, flight and Freeze' Stress response systems and role of chronic stress
  • Self regulation theory and Stress systems: Siegel, Shanker etc. (Escalation and de-escalation)
  • Regulation vs ‘Dysregulation’ in children and practitioners, reflective implications for practice.
  • Causes of chronic stress and stress responses.

Session 2:

(Notes given and Undertaken in OWN FREE TIME)

Own reflections on stress, dealing with poor behaviours, own stressors and regulation practices etc.

Session 3:

ON GIVEN DATE - Online seminar with course leader and other delegates (small group). Accessed via link given upon registration and payment.

Implications and guidance for effective EY practice, based on recent scientific and education research and worldwide educational practices supporting development of key SR and EI skills, helping children to thrive.


  • SR brief Summary and analysis of re-framing negative behaviours as stress responses , (Reflection: We're not rewarding negative behaviours, as these need boundaries, but in not addressing root causes of stress or by shaming, who are we actually enabling to thrive; Moreover, who are we actually answerable to if our practice doesn't currently work for some children?)
  • Shanker: From shaming to ‘naming’: teaching and supporting Emotional intelligence skills.
  • De-escalation and ‘Co-regulation’ practices and the role of practitioners and parents.
  • NVB and key strategies to support all children with strong emotional/ stress responses.
  • SR Skills enabling in daily pedagogy.
  • Understanding mindfulness basics in Practice
  • Context of stress responses during/ post COVID 19.
  • References and extra reading given, plus feedback option.

For any further information - please email: empoweringearlyyears@gmail.com



Ticket refunds: Tickets are non-refundable, however in exceptional circumstances, please email the organiser, as we may be able to offer a different date, if available.

If you are ill on the day, you are permitted to get a colleague to access your training for you, however, please let the organiser know, so that they are ensured access to the closed event group online.


ALL payments must be made prior to the event start, to ensure access to course content.

If you wish to pay by BACS or cheque - please tick ' pay by cheque' and email: empoweringearlyyears@gmail.com to request your bespoke invoice. You will STILL need to register online to ensure your place (s) on the course.

Fees include the online cost for processing from Eventbrite.

Group Bookings: These are at reduced rate of 5 delegates for the price of 4, however PLEASE EMAIL the list of delegates or an email address so that they are included on the invitation to the course online as the system does not automatically do this. Thank you!


You will require internet access to access the link on the day. If you experience any difficulties with this prior to or on the day, which are the fault of the organiser, you will be offered the chance to undertake the final part of the course again on the next available date.

Further internet joining details for the session will be given upon payment and booking completion.

Data Protection:

All details on the booking will be used for communications regarding the course. Your secure contact details shall not be held for any other purpose or shared with other parties. Email details will be used for sending out CPD certificates at the latest, 10 days post the event and then details are no longer kept.

Access: If you require any special consideration for access to any of the given course content items, please let the organiser know, as we are currently developing supporting documents to enable those with additional learning needs and different media to access our materials in the way that suits them best. Thank you.

For any further queries please contact empoweringearlyyears@gmail.com

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Empowering Early Years aims to deliver excellent, cost-effective and relevant Early Years training to all levels of practitioner, teachers, childminders etc working with children from 0-5.

The training incorporates recent scientific and educational research as well as practical implications and reflections for pedagogy as well as a comprehensive understanding of how child development links in to the fundamentals of excellent Early Years education and care in order to enable young children to truly thrive and learn.

EEY began in 2017 and is run by Hannah O'Donnell - who is an experienced and passionate Early Years Teacher (EYT) and PT HE Lecturer/ tutor (FdA Early Childhood / BA Hons early Childhood -professional studies), with a PG Dip in Early Years (Dist), as well as also having trained as a Psychologist some moons ago at University (BA Hons).

Hannah is also a mum of 3 and has worked with parents, practitioners, Managers and Staff to look at how play and effective provision enables young children to uniquely develop and is committed to providin cost-effective, valid and inspiring training to those working with the youngest in our society.

Hannah enjoys working with other professionals and has undertaken professional EY conferences as part of the Play 2 team with Greg Bottrill, to support the essential role of play in early education and enabling our youngest citizens to thrive in all aspects of their life and learning. Hannah continues to enjoy discussion and learning around all aspects of Early Childhood Education and care.

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