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  • Offering children choices

    How many choices did you make today? What to wear? What to eat for breakfast? Did you choose to shower first or brush your teeth? What did you choose for lunch? Who did you choose to see or talk to today? Now, think about your child’s day. How many choices did he or she make? […]
  • ‘Safe place’ relaxation exercise

    Our imaginations are powerful: what we think, what we create in our minds can have a very real physiological and emotional effect on us. The ‘Safe Place’ exercise draws on this. It is a guided imagery, relaxation exercise that can reduce anxiety, offer a break away from overwhelming feelings, and help children and adults face life challenges […]
  • Kindling kindness

    Self-compassion. It is a phrase often used, but what does it mean and, most importantly, how do we do it? Self-compassion may best be understood as: relating to ourselves with empathy, understanding, kindness and acceptance. The process of self-compassion begins early: we are born with a biological, innate ability to give and receive care, and our […]
  • Perceptions of children/young people: ideas and implications

    At any given time, societies – and their people – hold various ideas about what constitutes “childhood”. These notions are culture-bound: they differ according to personal, social, economic, political and cultural contexts. In the Victorian era, for example, children were regarded as economic assets – expected to work long hours in order to contribute financially to […]
  • Cool Moves: Supporting children through change and transition

    This term, we are privileged to be working with some London primary schools, helping to prepare their year 6 pupils for their transition to secondary school. This has been incredibly exciting and inspirational: we are witnessing in children a growing sense of resilience as they discover and develop their capacity to manage the various emotional, […]
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