Stonegate Training. All rights reserved Content •Introduction • Neuroscience 101 - the basics • When things go wrong? • Examining Research? • The Neuromyths - facts vs fiction •Keeping Little Brains Happy • The Role of Adults •What About the Grownups? • Going Forward???
Stonegate Training. All rights reserved The 10 ACE Categories Five are personal: 1. physical abuse 2. verbal abuse 3. sexual abuse 4. physical neglect 5. emotional neglect Five are related to other family members: 6. a parent who’s an alcoholic 7. a mother who’s a victim of domestic abuse 8. a family member in jail 9. a family member diagnosed with a mental illness 10. the disappearance of a parent through divorce, death or abandonment There are 10 types of childhood trauma measured in the Adverse Childhood Experiences studies.
Stonegate Training. All rights reserved Neuromyths... The genesis of a neuromyth usually starts with a misunderstanding, a misreading and in some cases a deliberate warping of the scientifically established facts to make a relevant case for education or for other purposes. (OECD 2002, p.71) Despite all this intense research, the brain is so very complex that our knowledge, despite constant new technologies, is rudimentary and highly conjectural. No one has any kind of overall theory about how the brain works. So it is hardly surprising that, as yet, neuroscience does not add up to a coherent explanation of how we think and become the way we are. (Penn 2014, p.87) To explain this debate in simple terms, the dispute comes when some people try to use existing research to prove that it is only the first three years of life that count. This argument implies that any learning and development cannot happen after this, or indeed that any ‘damage’ cannot be repaired later – and this is simply not true. (Garvey 2018, p.32)
Stonegate Training. All rights reserved Children in a state of well-being feel like a ‘fish in water’ (Ferre Laevers 2017, p.181) The prevailing mood is pleasure: − They have fun, enjoy each other’s companies and feel at home in their environments − They radiate vitality as well as relaxation and inner peace − They display an open and receptive attitude towards their environment − They are spontaneous and feel comfortable, truly being themselves
Stonegate Training. All rights reserved In terms of resilience and wellbeing, the HAWWC Boys project found: ‘Supporting and sustaining strong, secure and trusting attachments of young boys to key adults and peers, both within and outside of their home, is critical to healthy development, resilience and wellbeing.’ (Pascal and Bertram 2016, p.16 CREC: Centre for Research in Early Childhood))
Stonegate Training. All rights reserved The Importance of Touch Prof Francis McGlone, head of affective neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University. “Touch isn’t just good – it’s absolutely essential,” he said. “Denying it is like denying a child oxygen. I get very exercised [angry] about the demonisation of touch. It’s cruel, in my mind. It’s another form of abuse. The scientific evidence is incontrovertible. I’m not just talking psychononsense; I’m talking about proper, evidenced neuroscience.” (Times Ed, Blume 2017)
Stonegate Training. All rights reserved What we do - WORKS! • Cuddling, snuggling & reading a book • Singing songs & rhymes • Playing outside - in all weathers • Looking at signs & symbols • Pretend play • Messy play •Opportunity, Recognition, Interaction, Modelling
Stonegate Training. All rights reserved Professional Love in Early Years (An exploration of the work of Dr Jools Page) ‘Professional Love’ provides practitioners with the language to appropriately describe the close, loving, intimate and aﬀectionate bond which, over time, is inevitably developed with the children in their care in he context of reciprocity (meaning with mutual agreement) and shared understanding. (Page 2015, p.15)
Stonegate Training. All rights reserved • Relationships • Personal development • Training • Staﬀ support, such as supervision, and the right environment = quality outcomes for children and families. • Relationships • Personal development • Training • Staﬀ support, such as supervision and the right environment = quality outcomes for practitioners and staﬀ (Garvey 2017, p242) The message is simple – you can’t have one without the other!
Stonegate Training. All rights reserved Positive Performance Management model Or... Maybe - A Learning Journey for Grownups? If we saw staﬀ as: • ‘unique individuals’ • working in ‘enabling environments’ • supported and challenged by ‘positive relationships’ there would be less need for the more difficult, negative model of performance management. (Garvey 2017, p.32)
Stonegate Training. All rights reserved The CIPD Policy Report (2016, p.7): Creating a healthy culture is perhaps the greatest challenge for organisations. ... The benefits of a well-being culture are not limited to reduced absence and reduced absence costs – organisations that genuinely promote and value the health and well-being of employees will benefit from improved engagement and retention of employees with consequent gains for performance.
Stonegate Training. All rights reserved Children HAVEN’T Changed • Knowledge, Experience, Skills • Wellbeing & Involvement • Observation, Observation, Observation!!!! • Being Outdoors • Stories & Rhymes • Play! Play! Play (oh, and then…. more PLAY!!!) • Cuddles Rule! You’ve got this! What Children NEED HASN’T Changed
Stonegate Training. All rights reserved In order to develop normally, a child requires progressively more complex joint activity with one or more adults... Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her. That's number one. First, last and always. Urie Bronfenbrenner (1917-2005) One SIMPLE key message...
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