This online course is designed to help early childhood teachers and leaders understand the different elements of social and emotional competence, including social skills, emotion knowledge, and self-regulation. It includes a special focus on supporting neurodivergent children, and takes a close look at understanding children’s challenging behaviours.
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What you’ll learn
What is social and emotional competence?
This first part of the course introduces and unpacks the concept of social and emotional competence into its various components, while considering how they are interlinked and the part they play in children’s wider learning across the lifespan.
Positive social and emotional climates
Explores how a positive climate contributes to children’s sense of wellbeing, and provides the confidence, safety, and security children need in order to grow further social and emotional competencies, as well as strategies for evaluating and enhancing your setting’s climate.
Learning about and managing emotions
Details the emotion knowledge children need to learn in order to be emotionally competent and pedagogies for teaching about emotions, including information on how to support children who experience intense emotions.
Explores how direct and intentional teaching can scaffold children’s social skills as well as examining peer conflicts and considering how these might be used as a context for learning social skills.
Developing self-regulation and executive function
Describes the different components of executive function and their relation to social and emotional competence as well as a range of simple strategies and games for enhancing children’s executive function, some of which are illustrated by teachers in case study early childhood settings.
Neurodivergence and social emotional competence
Explores neurodivergent children’s particular strengths and needs in regard to developing social and emotional knowledge and skills and considers specific strategies that may support neurodivergent children’s social and emotional competence.
Challenging behaviour and social emotional skills
Focuses on so-called challenging behaviours and offers a set of supports and actions that can be put together to provide individualised and tailored support for the children having most difficulty developing social and emotional competence.
Bringing your learning together
The last part of the course integrates learning from different parts of the course to develop a comprehensive programme for children’s social and emotional learning and to plan some next steps following your participation in this course.
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Social Emotional Competence course
($126.50 inc GST)
Enrol a group of teachers and save up to 25%
Group enrolments enable teachers to share their learning journeys and centres to collectively make changes in their practice based on their learning. Each teacher receives their own log in and can complete the course in their own time, on their own computer or tablet. Prices below exclude GST (local sales tax).
- 1 teacher: NZ$110.00
- 2-10 teachers: SAVE 15% (NZ$93.50pp)
- 11-25 teachers: SAVE 20% (NZ$88.00pp)
- 26+ teachers: SAVE 25% (NZ$82.50pp)
Please note: discounts only apply to group enrolments made in one transaction, and cannot be applied retrospectively if your group size increases.
* Lifetime access means for as long as the course is hosted on The Education Hub