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Episode 10: Emotional intelligence in the early years with Samantha Dholakia

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Alistair BryceClegg is joined once again by Samantha Dholakia, a renowned Behaviour and Oracy Specialist, Consultant Trainer, and Creator of The Balance System©. Join them for an engaging discussion on emotional intelligence in early years education.

Emotional development

Sam expresses her belief that emotional intelligence is a vital skill to impart to the little learners, as it underpins their actions, thoughts, and responses. They discuss the importance of self-awareness, self-regulation, effective communication, and social skills in a child’s emotional development. The conversation delves into the significance of understanding emotional regulation and how it contributes to building resilience in young children. 

The conversation also touches on the role of the learning environment, emphasising the need for a balanced, supportive space that allows for self-expression and independence. Sam advocates for a shift from traditional reward-based systems to fostering collaboration and intrinsic motivation, ultimately aiming for a more effective and emotionally attuned education system. 

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