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Episode 6: Fostering connection and belonging with Kate Moxley

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Alistair Bryce-Clegg is joined once again by Kate Moxley, an Early Years consultant, trainer and speaker specialising in wellbeing and mental health. In this episode of the TTS Talking Early Years podcast, Alistair and Kate delve into the importance of establishing a sense of belonging and connection for children in early years settings.  

Fostering wellbeing

They discuss the significance of secure bonds and connections, emphasising the need to understand each child’s individuality, including their likes, dislikes, cultural background, and unique experiences. Kate stresses the importance of recognising that children’s behaviour often stems from emotional responses they struggle to articulate.  

They also touch on the need for educators to continually learn and adapt, embracing new approaches that foster children’s wellbeing, emotional regulation, and a sense of belonging in their learning environments. The conversation emphasises that children can’t be what they can’t see, and it’s the responsibility of educators to provide an inclusive, safe, and nurturing space that values every child’s identity and needs. 

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