Early years: Presenting as significantly unhappy or stressed

Suggested strategies and links.

Strategies and approaches:

  • Identify a key figure within school/setting who can provide an emotional support and build interests. There is a robust key person system in place,
  • Establish a calm area which is chosen and agreed with the children.
  • Ensure feedback is used to collaborate and plan with parent carers, to ensure consistency between the home and setting.
  • Consider the use of comic strip conversations to identify triggers and identify an alternative choice of action.
  • Provide opportunities to reflect emotional states and develop strategies to support self-regulation.


Early Years In Mind – Key Person relationship