Wellbeing: The Importance of Social, Emotional and Mental Health in the Early Years
Saturday 24th February 2024
Ashburton Hall, Elizabeth II Court, Winchester. SO23 8UG
9.30am to 4.00pm
Wellbeing: The Importance of Social, Emotional and Mental Health in the Early Years.
- Early Bird Price: £60 for bookings taken before 31st October 2023 (Includes a light lunch, please state any special requirements in the comments box)
- £75.00 per person for bookings on and after 1st November 2023 (including a light lunch, please state any special requirements in the comments box)
Key Note Speech: Mental health and wellbeing in the early years for adults and children – what is it and why is it important for all?
Dr Cerian Hughes (Chartered Educational Psychologist (EP) Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, BSc Hons, PGCE, MSc, DEdPsy)
Cerian has worked as an EP for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Educational Psychology for 18 years. She delivers early years autism training (THOMAS), early years ELSA training, emotion coaching and attachment and relationships in the early years. She has published two journal articles including one on preschool Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS). Prior to becoming an EP Cerian taught in a mainstream reception class for 3 years and in a special school for 2 years. She has been a research assistant for the University of Hertfordshire looking into the effects of crying on babies’ development and worked as a TA in a secondary mainstream school.
As well as being an EP Cerian is a qualified level 1 theraplay practitioner and carries out therapeutic life story work with children and young people to help them safely discuss their past. She has a strong interest in attachment and relationships and the effects of trauma on children’s development.
Cerian’s keynote speech is entitled ‘Mental health and wellbeing in the early years for adults and children – what is it and why is it important for all?’
The keynote will discuss adult and children’s wellbeing and why we need to keep this in mind. It will provide an overview of some of the positive ways in which we can support the development of emotional health and wellbeing.
Once you have purchased your place(s) on the Conference we will contact you to give you the opportunity to book 2 workshops (one in the morning and one in the afternoon).
A. SfYC Sleep Support Service – ‘Sound Steps to Sleep’
Learning to sleep well is part of a child’s development, sometimes children take their time to learn this skill or circumstances make this difficult. All children are different. Some learn to settle into a bedtime routine quickly, while others may take more time.
The workshop aims.
- To develop your knowledge and understanding of sleep
- To understand common sleep difficulties
- To develop positive sleep hygiene
- To provide strategies to support behaviours at bedtime
B. Makaton Taster: Using Makaton to support the communication of Emotions
This Makaton taster workshop will provide you with an understanding of why Makaton helps communication, key things to remember to make the use of Makaton successful and a bank of signs to support children’s emotional communication and understanding.
C. Introduction to the Portage Small Step Approach to Children’s Learning
The Early Years Foundation Stage guidance and SEND Code of Practice advise practitioners to have clear and targeted plans for children with SEND. These plans should include long term goals and outcomes, as it is important to consider the child and family’s aspirations for the future.
This workshop will aim to support you to write targeted plans by;
- Reflect on positive holistic assessment of a child’s skills
- Being aware of the range of information needed to set appropriate Long-Term Goals
- How to break targets down into achievable steps
- How to write a SMART target
D. Early Years ELSA Taster
Early Years (EY) ELSAs are Emotional Literacy Support Assistants who work in preschools/nurseries. They may work one to one with children, with small groups or support children in the wider setting. The EY ELSA training course provides specialist training in attachment, the development of emotions, how to support co-regulation in the early years, ways we can develop social/friendship skills, etc. to support the social, emotional and mental health development of children in early years settings.
This workshop will provide an overview of the course. It will enable participants to identify settings where an EY ELSA may be beneficial. However, settings will need to access the training directly to have an EY ELSA in situ, have a full list of resources and supervision.
If you require any additional requirements please use the comments box
NOTE FOR HAMPSHIRE SCHOOLS – please be aware that Hampshire schools must pay for training using IBC Internal Trading, so are unable to use this Shop.
Hampshire schools should submit this online booking request to book a place, remembering to include the contact name and SAP user-id of the finance/business officer.
This will allow SfYC to raise an Internal Supplier Request for the school to complete and make payment.
(Academies and independent schools are able to use payment cards)
NON-HAMPSHIRE, OUT OF COUNTY SCHOOLS AND SETTINGS – All schools, settings and other organisations outside of Hampshire will be charged a 15% surcharge on top of the standard cost. If a member of the SfYC team needs to travel outside of the county to deliver training, expenses/mileage may be charged from the Hampshire border. Price on application.