‘Emotion Coaching is based on the principle that nurturing and emotionally supportive relationships provide optimal contexts for the promotion of children’s outcomes and resilience’. (Gottman 1997)
If we change our mindset and view behaviour as an opportunity for connection and learning rather than a situation that we need to fix, we can develop children’s ability to regulate their own emotions.
Gottman recognises five principles of emotion coaching.
For more information on emotion coaching https://www.emotioncoachinguk.com/
One emotional response children frequently communicate to us is crying, especially at the early stages of language development and self-regulation.
This example shows how we can validate children’s feelings when they are crying in our setting.
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Early Learning Contacts
Nicola Theobald, Early Years Improvement Officer
Kate Hubble, Senior Foundation Years Consultant
Nicky Bale, Foundation Years Bristol Standard Consultant
Beth Osborne, Foundation Years Consultant Birth to Three
Kate Irvine, Interim Foundation Years Consultant
Ali Carrington, Interim Foundation Years Consultant