This course is run by Chris Calland & Nicky Hutchinson – With over 50 years’ combined experience of supporting children’s emotional well-being, The run an independent consultancy Not Just Behaviour

The mental health of children and young people has deteriorated in recent years. It is now estimated that 1 in 6 children have a probable mental health disorder. This course focuses on how to support all children to reflect on their experiences, process their feelings and develop their resilience and coping skills. We believe that it’s important to support children at an early stage to build their self-esteem and resilience, so that they are able to manage the pressures of modern life.

If a child is in good mental health, they can make the most of their potential, cope with the ups and downs of life and play a full part in their family, school, community and among friends. This course looks at how to support children in your setting to have good mental health and build resilience.

Participants will:

  • Consider how to define good mental health
  • Discuss the crucial elements of good mental health
  • Explore ways to support children’s mental health and develop their resilience.
  • Addressing Staff mental health & Well-being
  • 5 steps to positive mental health
  • Tackling Anxiety in school


Links to the following Dimensions of the Bristol Standard:

  • D1 Values and Aims
  • D2 Relationships and Interactions
  • D3 Approaches to Play and Development
  • D4 Physical Environment
  • D5 Play Experiences.
  • D6 Observation, planning and Record Keeping
  • D7 Staffing, Leadership and Management
  • D8 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • D9 Partnership with Parents and the Wider Community
  • D10 Monitoring and Evaluation.

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Course details

Date: To be arranged.
Cost: Free for Bristol-based Ofsted registered childcare workers and Bristol BAND members, 10% discount to non-Bristol BAND member groups. £65 all others.
Venue: BAND Office, Scrapstore House, Sevier Street, St Werburghs, Bristol, BS2 9LB. View a map
Tutors: Nicky Hutchinson and Chris Calland. Both have many years experience of working in Bristol schools and nurseries supporting children with behaviour issues and their families.
Refreshments: Tea, coffee & squash provided, please bring your own packed lunch.
Funded by: Bars & Jim Maggs Charitable Trust