'Settling in Softly'

Programme Introduction

Social and emotional learning is essential to every child’s education to help children achieve their academic potential, build strong relationships and lead healthy and successful lives.

'Settling in Softy' will support Educators to focus on the important role of supporting children’s emotional well-being through a curriculum of care - for example, when joining the pre-school setting for the first time. This practical e-CPD programme is a must for all educators to ensure children’s emotional well-being is front and centre during the early months away from home and family.  The interdependent nature of educator well-being and the ability to support children is also explored. 

The Resource Documents section contains printable handouts to support the programme content and a Certificate of Participation is saved to the educator profile on completion.


Programme Content

  • What is self care and why is it important for educators?
  • Ideas for making self care a priority.
  • Recognising child responses to stress and anxiety
  • Some practical educator responses to respond to children’s emotional needs during the settling in phase
  • Providing a secure base for children
  • The Key Educator Approach
  • Emotional co-regulation
  • A curriculum of care practical curriculum activity ideas
  • Some practical ways of reassuring parents
Key Learning Outcomes

Educators will:

Understand the importance of social and emotional learning for children

Explore the concept of ‘self-care’ and its importance for your professional role working with children

Recognise stress responses in children and patterns of behaviour that signify how a child is feeling 

Consider the Key Educator approach and its fundamental value in providing a secure out of home base for children

Appreciate the important role of supporting children’s emotional well-being through co-regulation and teaching children the language of emotions

Develop an awareness of the importance of communicating consistently and efficiently with parents as a means of relieving parent anxiety.

2.5 Hours


Presentation with video/audio

Easy to follow components

Downloadable reference documents

Test multiple choice questions

Certificate of Completion

Notes for the course

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