Tools for Building Social & Emotional Literacy in the Early-Years

Facilitator: Alison Krusec


In this highly-interactive workshop we will explore a diverse range of original tools developed especially for building social and emotional literacy in early childhood.

The early years—from birth to eight years old—is a time when remarkable growth is taking place and brain development is at its peak. Children begin to mirror the language, behaviours and attitudes of people around them. They internalise concepts about their potential and place in life. This includes ideas about gender and culture. By teaching children skills for navigating their internal world of feelings as well as their external world of connection with others, we support them to lay the foundations of life-long resilience.

The workshop explores:

  • navigating and regulating emotions
  • developing strengths and resilience
  • building respectful relationships
  • supporting adults caring for children—including self-care and parenting.

You will

  • take away practical everyday ideas for using the tools
  • explore tools for teaching children to recognise and talk about body signals and feelings
  • discover how body signals can be used to help teach children protective behaviours
  • get some simple, fun activities children can do to self-soothe worry or anxiety
  • learn core strengths-based, solution-focused practice principles and skills to support your work with young children.