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Early years: Presenting as significantly unhappy or stressed

Strategies and approaches:

  • Identify a key figure within school/setting who can provide an emotional support and build interests. There is a robust key person system in place,
  • Establish a calm area which is chosen and agreed with the children.
  • Ensure feedback is used to collaborate and plan with parent carers, to ensure consistency between the home and setting.
  • Consider the use of comic strip conversations to identify triggers and identify an alternative choice of action.
  • Provide opportunities to reflect emotional states and develop strategies to support self-regulation.


Early Years In Mind – Key Person relationship

Last updated 2 November 2021

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