Strength-based Writing

Programme Introduction

The Strength-based Approach is a meaningful and real style of writing about children in a way that starts with what they can do. A strength-based approach is not about describing a child’s learning and development in a positive light and neglecting to identify areas for further development or areas of concern.

Instead it starts with where the child is now, not with what is absent, and highlights where the child can go with additional support. This makes it a vital pedagogical skill for early childhood educators to practice and develop which can be used for transition reports, learning stories or snapshot reviews.

The Strength Based Writing programme consists of 4 short components that support Educators to focus on your writing techniques when compiling Learning Stories, Transition Reports or Snapshot Reviews.  


Programme Content

  • An overview of the approach outlining what it is, what it isn’t !
  • Underpinning Principles of the Strength-based Approach
  • Highlights how strength-based writing is connected to, and works in harmony with, other key pedagogical strategies.
  • How to frame positive strengths, suggestions for supporting learning and framing areas where there is challenge.
  • Allows the educator to see examples of how different learning scenarios are written.
  • PDF Additional Handout with sample assessment comments provided for download
Key Learning Outcomes

Component 1 - 'What is the strength-based approach'. The learning from this will include the principles that underpin the approach and why it is particularly suitable for early childhood education. Participants will also become familiar with a range of different child strengths and attributes. 

Component 2 - 'What do different strengths look like'? Educators will learn to recognise and identify a range of strengths and dispositions.

Component 3 - 'The Key Elements of Strength-based Writing'. The learning from this piece ensures that Educators have a range of ‘prompts’ for providing narrative commentary about children.

Component 4 - 'Practical examples of strength-based writing’. The learning from this piece will ensure that Educators have a sound understanding of each type of comment and what they are aiming to convey.






02 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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