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Compassion and Joy; Supporting Children to Thrive CPD

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Date(s) - 07/06/2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This ground-breaking course looks at how the often-undervalued concepts of compassion and joy can be profoundly life-changing for our children. Negative experiences change the fundamental structure of a child’s brain, lowering their ability to learn and catastrophically undermining emotional well-being.

This course looks at the neuroscience of compassion and joy demonstrating that, far from abstract concepts, they are neurologically powerful methods of supporting children through anxiety helping them overcome negative experiences, create life-long neutral networks for positivity, and thrive. With real-life practical examples and compelling research, this session is a must for anyone working with anxious or vulnerable children. The course also introduces stunning new research on the neurological development of empathy and shows how we can help children not just feel safe but be more aware of the feelings of others.

This trailblazing course shows a unique picture of the child’s brain and gives practical advice on how we can create the optimum neurological conditions for emotional well-being and recovery.

  • Creating the optimum neurological conditions for emotional well-being and recovery.
  • Understanding the neuroscience of empathy to unlock pro-social behavior in our children.
  • Protecting our children from the damage caused by anger, fear and anxiety.
  • Supporting our children to thrive through compassion and joy.

Suitable and adaptable for the following stages;

  • 0-5 years
  • Reception
  • Key stages 1 and 2
  • Out-of-school secondary
  • Youth parents/Adopters/Foster Carers

Ben Kingston-Hughes, the director of Inspired Children Ltd, has over 30 years of experience working with children in a variety of different settings. He is the winner of the 2019 National Playwork Awards Training Award and a finalist for the Nursery World Trainer of the Year in 2020. He has spoken at National, Regional and International Conferences including Nursery World and the International Play Association. He has written strategies for Local authorities and has written articles for several publications including Nursery World Magazine. His training has gained widespread acclaim for inspiring learners to improve outcomes for children and he has recently been seen on Channel 4 delivering sessions for children. Ben’s new book, “A Very Unusual Journey into Play” is due to be published in April 2022.

This is a continuous professional development course (CPD) with certificates of attendance provided.

Location; Buxton Campus, Devonshire Dome, Devonshire Road, SK17 6RY

Cost; £10/Free for existing employers, students and staff.

Light refreshments will be served.

Booking is essential – please email 


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