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The Thrive Approach has been developed over many years helping children to flourish. It supports their emotional and social development and helps them feel happy and secure, able to enjoy friendships, relate well to others and be ready to learn.

The Thrive Approach

Thrive is a specific way of working with all children that helps to develop their social and emotional well-being, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable. It can also help address any troubling behaviours providing a firm foundation for school attainment. 
Positive relationships are at the heart of Thrive. We use these relationships, together with play and creative activities, to give children key experiences at each different stage of their development. Repetition of these activities supports their development, helping them to: 

•    Feel good about themselves and know they matter
•    Increase their sense of security and trust
•    Increase their emotional well-being
•    Improve their capacity to be creative and curious
•    Increase their self-esteem and confidence to learn
•    Learn to recognise and regulate their feelings
•    Learn to think before behaving in a certain way
………… and much more

How does it work?

Appropriate for children from birth to adulthood, The Thrive Approach draws on the latest research into brain science, child development theory and attachment theory. It helps us to understand how babies’ and children’s brains develop and how parents, teachers and other professionals can best support this development by providing the best experiences for the children at each stage. 
Thrive also helps us to better understand the children’s needs being signalled by their behaviour. Sometimes children may struggle as a result of a temporary setbacks or other, longer term changes in their lives. They may signal their distress by becoming more withdrawn, or distant, or perhaps more challenging or disruptive, or even by trying too hard to please. If this happens we use Thrive to look beyond the behaviour to give these children the support they need to get back on track. Sometimes they only need a little extra support in class and sometimes they may need additional one-to-one time to help them along. 

How will my child be involved in Thrive?

We use a screening tool and activity planning resource called Thrive-Online. This allows us to check that children are working appropriately for their stage and to develop the whole group with activities that ensure that they are emotionally and socially supported as they can be. The teacher selects the activities based on the suggestions the tool creates. Using Thrive-Online will also identify any children in need of extra help. 
If the screening process suggests that your child would benefit from additional one-to-one support, we will contact you and, with your involvement, we will carry out a more detailed assessment to develop an action plan that gives specific strategies and activities for supporting your child within school. The plan will also suggest specific activities that you can do at home, so that together with us, you can help them through any difficulties they are experiencing. 
We understand that some circumstances may be sensitive and confidentiality will be paramount at all times when you are discussing your child’s needs with us. If you would like to find out more about how the school handles personal data, please visit our website privacy statement.