Working with young children can be wonderful and rewarding
- and it can also be complex, messy and emotionally demanding.
Everyone deserves support and usable information for this important work and I genuinely
enjoy sharing my passion for and knowledge about nurturing connected, caring, creative kids.
There is now no doubt that the experiences children have in their early years set the stage for their later mental and physical health, and life outcomes. Those working with young children play an important role in ensuring tamariki receive the emotional, social, relational and behavioural support they need to succeed at school - and in life.
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation - or ECMHC - is an emerging area of professional development and support for the children’s workforce: both in ECE settings and with others working with young children.
In my ECMHC work I partner with a setting or organisation to build capacity and enhance best practice of working with young children. Consultation can focus on one child, particular behaviours, and/or wider issues affecting the entire setting or organisation. This work is collaborative and individually tailored to the needs of the child, their family, and/or the setting or organisation.
My consultation work is flexible depending on the setting or organisation and might include:
reflective supervision for staff
skilled observations using a child mental health lens
individualised plans for working with particular children and/or difficult-to-manage behaviours
early identification of young children with or at risk for mental health challenges, and sign-posting to services
evidence-informed information sheets on particular areas of child development, child mental health and/or challenges when working with young children
professional development around early childhood development, child mental health concepts and issues, and relationship-building with tamariki and whānau.
ECMHC has been shown to:
improve children’s social skills and emotional functioning
promote healthy relationships
reduce challenging behaviours
reduce the number of suspensions and expulsions
improve ‘classroom’ quality
reduce provider stress, burnout, and turnover.
Center of Excellence for Infant and Early
Childhood Mental Health Consultation
ECMHC work usually takes place at your organisation or setting but this is negotiable.
Skype calls and distance work are also possible. By arrangement I can deliver bespoke professional development.
Read more About Me and my Guiding Principles.
Please Contact Me to find out my availability + rates.
I can do great things you cannot.
You can do great things I cannot.
Together we can do great things.