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support the development of self-regulation in 3-4 year olds via Emotion Coaching
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The project aims to support the development of self-regulation in 3-4 year olds. The way this will be achieved is through the use of Emotion Coaching by adults in your setting in their everyday interactions with children. 

Not all ‘warm’ relationships are equal - not all ‘warm’ relationships are those that support the development of emotional self-regulation. Emotion Coaching enables consistency of approach and gives all staff a script to use. As a result of the training, adults have a rationale as to why they need to respond to and interact with a child in an Emotion Coaching manner and feel confident to be able to do so.

We are looking for EY settings from matched Stronger Practice Hubs to take part in this exciting research project starting Autumn 2024. If you would like to find out more about taking part in the project, click HERE or fill in the survey .

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It is a sustainable universal approach and provides the building blocks for all children.

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Emotion Coaching is an evidence based co-regulation strategy and comes from clinical work in families. It is based on the idea that emotions and behaviour are connected and that emotions drive behaviour. It was first observed as a naturally occurring style of communication and defined by John Gottman. John Gottman noticed that children who were Emotion Coached by their parents, achieved more academically in school, were more popular, had fewer behavioural problems, fewer infectious illnesses, were more emotionally stable and more resilient.

Our 4-step framework supports the use of Emotion Coaching

-Recognise a child's emotion and emphasise with them

-Label and Validate a child's feelings 

-Set expectations. Not all behaviours are ok. Teach children the expectations of a context

-Problem solve with child 

The project:   
Adults Emotion Coach 3-4 year old children via a cascading model of training

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Who we are


Emotion Coaching UK co-founders Licette Gus, Louise Gilbert and Janet Rose are the leaders in translating Emotion Coaching into educational and community settings in the UK.  At last count, back in 2016, they had trained more than 10,000 adults in the UK, Europe and Australia. (They have since stopped counting!). 

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Delivery Partner- Norland College 

Norland College is a Specialist Early Years HE Provider.  The delivery partnership primarily provides ECUK with financial structural support.  Norland College will also engage in co-providing training and supporting accreditation.



The Stronger Practice Hubs (SPHs) and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) are working together to fund Early Years settings’ access to evidence-informed programmes and study the programme’s influence on practice and children’s outcomes. 8 SPHs are matched to the project.

The Early Years Emotion Coaching EEF Project is being funded as part of this programme.



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We are looking to recruit nurseries from the 8 Stronger Practice Hubs that are involved.  These cover 34 different LAs in England.

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Want to get involved?

We are looking for EY settings to take part in this exciting research project starting Autumn 2024. If you would like to find out more about taking part in the project, fill in the information request and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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