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Social and emotional competence in ECE

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What is social and emotional competence?

An introduction to the concept of social and emotional competence and why it is so important for children’s learning, development and wellbeing.

Supporting children’s emotional learning in early childhood

The importance of emotional knowledge and wellbeing, and how teachers can support it in ECE.

Scaffolding social skills in early childhood

A range of strategies to help teachers build and develop children’s social competence in ECE.

Creating a positive social and emotional climate

A range of strategies to help ECE teachers build a positive and enriching social and emotional climate in their settings.

Supporting children’s self-management skills

Practical strategies to help children learn to self-manage in early childhood settings.

Teaching resilience to children under six

How to talk to young children about resilience and a set of strategies to help them start developing their resilience in early childhood settings.

Strategies for talking with young children about growth mindsets

Strategies for talking to young children about developing and holding a growth mindset.

How to handle conflict between children

Specific advice on responding to instances of conflict between young children in early childhood settings.

How to address problem behaviour

Practical strategies for dealing with challenging behaviour in early childhood settings.

Cultivating your own emotional awareness: Reflective questions to help you build better relationships and support children’s social and emotional development

A set of questions to help ECE teachers gauge and develop their own emotional awareness and wellbeing.


ECE webinar: Being a behaviour detective – preventing and responding to challenging behaviour in young children

Dr Anna Winneker will focus on strategies to understand why particular behaviour may be happening and how to prevent and respond to incidents when they occur

ECE webinar: Promoting children’s social-emotional learning and development

Exploring different resources, tools, and professional learning processes to support teachers to promote children’s social-emotional learning

Supporting the social and emotional competence of infants and toddlers

Dr Karyn Aspden and Linda Clarke from Massey University discuss their research into the teaching practices that support social-emotional competence of infants and toddlers.


"Early childhood perspectives are often overlooked in educational resource provision – it's fantastic to have our own information, which will help us cater for very young learners."

Gemma B, pre-school educator



Being a behaviour detective: Looking for clues within children’s challenging behaviours

Key insights from our webinar with Anna Winneker on responding to and preventing challenging behaviours

Supporting the social emotional competence of infants and toddlers

Key insights from the webinar with Karyn Aspden and Linda Clarke on how ECE teachers can build children’s social and emotional competence.

A brief overview of how to improve children’s social and emotional learning in your setting

The key ideas from our webinar with Dr Tara McLaughlin and Karen MacKay on social-emotional learning



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