Hayley Fuller is an Early Years Specialist, Writer, Educator and Creator. Hayley has many years of Primary and EYFS leadership experience and has worked within a diverse range of settings; from delivering education to child refugees in London to working with underprivileged children across Berkshire and Surrey.
She has qualifications in Early Years Neuroscience, self regulation and Child psychology, as well as a Masters in Advanced early years education.
Hayley writes for educational publications such as Primary Times, Early Years Alliance Magazine, The Times Educational Supplement and The Curiosity Approach, as well as publishing blogs all about children’s emotional development and how we can support them as caregivers.
She also runs an online community inspiring educators and parents with creative activities and ideas to enhance play-based learning in the early years.
Hayley explains how traditional behaviour management strategies are not effective in promoting positive behavioural and emotional outcomes for children. She explains that it is important to focus on supporting children’s emotional and mental needs instead of punishing the behaviour they are displaying.
Hayley provides various strategies to help children regulate their emotions, such as deep breathing, cuddling, visualization, and the 54321 exercise. She also explains that it is important to allow children to feel their emotions and to talk about why the behaviour happened after the brain is calm and regulated.
Finally, Hayley suggests that it is important to start with the staff, to help them recognize their own emotional regulation, which will help them to support the children more effectively.
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