Five to Thrive working with Bristol Early Years’ Settings

Key messages from neuroscience for early intervention and positive parenting

We all know that there is nothing more important in the lives of young children than their parents. Recent research proves that how a parent behaves around their baby in the first three years of life has a direct impact on how their baby’s brain develops. This is the foundation of how the brain will work as the child grows up and becomes an adult, so if a baby’s brain develops healthily they are more likely to be happy and successful as older children and adults.

This discovery has great implications for social policy, and recent government initiatives have placed an emphasis on supporting families to ensure healthy development through the early years. The SureStart programme and the Allen report, Scotland’s Parenting Strategy and Early Years Collaborative, and the new opening up of free childcare for vulnerable two-year-olds all mean that considerable energy and resource are focused on positive and preventative work with children from pre-birth to pre-school.

The five to thrive approach helps local authorities, health trusts, schools and children’s centres to deliver a consistent, effective message in working with parents, carers and young children themselves. For more information or to discuss how the approach could be useful in your setting, call KCA on 01453 488400 or email


Five to Thrive can supply settings with a range of printed guides, posters, pop-up banners and age-specific supplements to support the implementation of five to thrive. In addition, they are adding a growing number of digital resources for professionals — from case studies and group exercises to valuable assessment tools.

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To ensure that practitioners fully understand the science behind the messages and are confident in using the five to thrive elements in their work, a range of face-to-face and online training sessions are available. Whether these are used for groups of up to 120 multi-agency professionals or in more focused learning sets for ongoing reflective work, they can ensure that your joined-up approach to parenting support has maximum impact.
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For more information on five to thrive training and resources, or to discuss how the programme could be useful in your work, call KCA on 01453 488400 or email

Visit the Five to Thrive website.

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