Universal and preventative approaches
Early years professionals should develop trusting relationships with vulnerable families and adopt a non-judgmental approach, while focusing on the child's needs. They should do this by creating a high-quality environment conducive to supporting the positive social and emotional wellbeing of staff and children.
Early years settings and services should:
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Promote the development of positive, interactive relationships between staff and children
Focus on social and emotional, as well as educational, development.
Ensure individual staff get to know, and develop an understanding of, children’s needs (continuity of care is particularly important for younger children)
Ensure staff know their families well, so that they can identify those children more at risk of having issues related to social and emotional wellbeing
Seek to understand and respond to perceived needs and concerns
Discuss any risk factors in a sensitive manner to ensure families do not feel criticised, judged or stigmatised for factors that may affect a child's social and emotional wellbeing.
Ensure all vulnerable children can benefit from high quality services which aim to enhance their social and emotional wellbeing and build their capacity to learn.