Ensuring all children in Ipswich are prepared to learn for life by developing key behaviours such as resilience and self-regulation

Why this is an issue:

  • Research shows that our social and emotional development as children affects many of the things we care about in adult life, including physical and mental health, employment and life satisfaction.
  • Supporting children and young people to develop these skills early will ensure that they are able to thrive in school, enabling them to reach their full potential as adult.

Our targets by 2021:

  • The gap between the percentage of disadvantaged pupils and all other pupils who achieve a good level of development at the end of early years foundation stage will halve.
  • The gap between the absence rates of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and all other pupils will halve.
  • At least 50% of 14 to 19 year olds and 25% of 11 to 13 year olds in Ipswich engage in youth social action.
  • Parents who have participated in our programme will perceive their children to have more developed social and emotional skills.

What we set out to do:

  • We are developed a programme to support all parents, carers and families to help their children develop early language, social and emotional skills at home. The “tig” app (Tips, Games and Ideas) is being trialled in Ipswich and can be downloaded here.
  • Ensure early education professionals have access to world-class training so they can support children to develop these skills from age 2.
  • Trial approaches to find out how schools and parents can best work together to support pupils to achieve their potential
  • We launched a programme to support more young people to participate in social action to develop their confidence, resilience and self-regulation skills while benefiting their communities, through Youth Social Action


In March the Ipswich Opportunity Area funded ‘What Children’s Bodies Need’ for pre-school and nursery practitioners. This was a two-day, developmental play accredited training course delivered by JABADAO lead Penny Greenland.

The course offered a play-based, child-led approach to physical development. Underpinned by developmental movement theory, practitioners were supported to consider the following questions:

n Why do babies and children move as they do?

n What are the links between movement, development and learning?

n What do they need from us to develop well?

n How can we be helpful adults?

We are proud to say that the feedback we have had following the course has been absolutely fantastic!

Practitioners have commented that:

“It was an inspirational course led by an inspirational lady.”

“We really came out buzzing.”

“The best course I have been on.”

“The trainer gave us so many practical ideas.”

We are delighted to confirm that we have secured further funding for the course and will be offering one fully funded place to remaining PVI settings within the Ipswich Opportunity Area in the autumn term so please keep an eye on your emails for the upcoming dates.