Our team have worked really hard and accessed a wide variety of training to support and inform our policies and procedures in relation to ‘behaviour management’. We have tried strategies that work, definitely didn’t work and we have used professional knowledge alongside our practical experiences to develop a strategy which works calmly for the children and staff in our care. The principles of effective intervention are beneficial in the home environment and don’t need to exist solely in the setting.
We spoke to 4 of our staff who are also parents, or who have chosen to adopt this strategy with children in their home lives. They share what it has meant for them and their children.
“Working in Early Years and having access to so much training on PSED and behaviour has really supported my journey as a parent. I am able to recognise behaviours in my children that indicate they need some extra support to regulate emotions or big feelings. Being patient and guiding them through, also helps them to develop their emotional intelligence and be able to handle adversity in the future. Working directly with the children in the setting certainly does build my confidence in effective intervention, which also helps me to support the team by demonstrating to them how to support children when they are feeling overwhelmed.”
“I use emotion coaching all the time with my 7 year old nephew, it really works. We speak about our feelings and I help him to recognise when he is sad by labelling the emotion. I tell him it is ok to be sad and we will work it out together. He is more open about talking through things now and we have noticed a change in his behaviour as he will come to me and talk about things that are troubling him. This filters into both my practice at work and home.”
“By adapting the emotion coaching techniques and effective intervention strategies that we use at Little Hands at home with my children, I have become so much more aware of their feelings and emotions. I have taught my children some of the mindfulness techniques that we use and have been able to adapt easily between their ages having a 16, 13 and 8 year old. I am confident that my children have a better understanding of their emotions and how to deal with them and we now have much more open conversations as a family.”
“Effective intervention encourages learning, patience and calm rather than punishments and overwhelm. I regularly thought back to our Effective intervention strategies when dealing with behavioural struggles, new phases of development and still throughout our day. As much as these strategies work incredibly well for my 2 children, they work amazingly for me too. I am able to stay calm, have patience for longer and feel as though everyone has been respectful. I feel very proud when I can watch my children work through solving problems on their own or with little support. What an amazing strategy it is indeed!”