'Settling in Softly'

Programme Introduction

Fortunately, some children will take the events of COVID-19 in their stride.  The unexpected disruption to their usual routine, the loss of established attachments to key adults and an increase in home stress may result in changes in children’s behaviour and stress responses. Sensitive responses from Educators are essential to enable children to adapt to the next phase of change when either re-joining the early childhood service or starting for the first time.

'Settling in Softy' will support Educators to focus on the important role of supporting children’s emotional well-being through a curriculum of care. This practical e-CPD programme is a must for all staff to ensure children’s emotional well-being is front and central to the emergent curriculum when early childhood settings reopen. Components include:

  1. Educator self-care – you can’t pour from an empty cup.
  2. Child anxiety as a response to change  
  3. The Relationship Response 
  4. A Curriculum of Care
  5. Communicating with Parents

Each section will contain practical activities for the Educator to incorporate into the daily routine.

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:

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 a curriculum of care

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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