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Early childhood education and care

9.30-15.30 (full day)
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There's more to tears and tantrums: early years behaviours and you

We’ve all heard about the "terrible twos" being one of the most challenging times in a child's development. However, before a child reaches even that early stage a lot of brain development has already taken place. This starts in the womb, and is affected by a number of factors from then on. 

This course provides an understanding of early brain development, what may bring out challenging behaviours, and ways to manage and engage therapeutically with our youngest children.

Key learning: 

Through completion of this course you will:

  • Learn about brain development pre-birth, post-birth and throughout infancy
  • Understanding of the impact of unregulated stress on children
  • Understand how children self-regulate emotional states and what may impede this
  • Gain tools and techniques to effectively deal with behaviours which challenge you


  • The attachment process
  • Hyperarousal and hyperactivity
  • Auto-regulation and self-regulation
  • The impact of stress pre- and post-birth
  • Affective attunement
  • Empathy, resilience and socialisation
  • Vygotsky's therapeutic use of play.

Who should attend

The workshop is appropriate for those working in a wide variety of settings across both the statutory and voluntary sectors. It will be of particular relevance to those working in early years settings and for those working with parents as well as children.

Facilitator bio

Stan Godek

Stan is a human relations trainer and consultant with over 20 years experience of working directly with emotionally damaged/traumatised young people and their families in a variety of settings. He has managed residential units in Edinburgh and London and has worked in the field of social work, probation and mental health. Originally specialising in working with trauma, the effects of abuse and managing challenging behaviour, he now offers a wide range of training for those working with children, young people and adults in social care, education and health sectors and increasingly works on Attachment Theory and its relationship to Brain Development in infancy.