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Supporting those who Struggle with Self-Regulation

9 May @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm BST

This training session has been commission by Achieving for Children
and must be booked via their website.

'Self-regulatory skills can be defined as the ability of children to manage their own behaviour and aspects of their learning. In the early years, efforts to develop self-regulation often seek to improve levels of self-control and reduce impulsivity’ (Education Endowment Foundation, 2021).

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Reforms and returning after lockdown mean that self-regulation is high on our agenda, especially for those children who struggle or have additional needs. Considering these children particularly, we study the science behind why they behave as they do and what we can do to understand them, support them and anticipate their needs through our individual responses and through our practical and continuous provision

This workshop will encourage participants to explore:

  • What is self-regulation?
  • What does it look like in your setting- for your children?
  • Which children come later to learning, or battle with their behaviours?

Currently, so many of our children are struggling with their self-regulation and it is high on the agenda in the EYFS Reforms - but have you actually dived below the surface of self-regulation? Do you know the three levels of self-regulation and understand the simple but effective strategies you use in your setting to anticipate and support these? Are you confident to talk about why you are doing the things you are with regard to self-regulation?

Many children who struggle with self-regulation have experienced adverse childhood trauma (ACEs), have underlying special needs or have a high level of testosterone. Parents too may be struggling with supporting their child and our practitioner-parent partnership is key.

By the end of the workshop delegates will be able to:

  • Explain what Self-regulation really means - the science behind the strategies and how to challenge and strengthen your practice
  • Identify which children need which kind of support
  • Apply practical Solutions which work for every individual and grow with the child
  • Introduce strategies to minimise challenging behaviour through supporting emotional, social and cognitive self-regulation
  • Demonstrate the importance of co-regulation and how to motivate children without building reliance on rewards.

Education, Early Years and Childcare


Twickenham Training Centre
53 Grimwood Road
Twickenham, TW1 1BY United Kingdom
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