Testimonials from our ELSAs
What our ELSAs are saying…
What I valued most about this course was the Educational Psychologists delivering it! The discussions with them were so informative, and all of the course content was delivered in a way that was so interesting and easy to absorb. The whole training is so relevant to children’s lives and experiences in our schools, and so it will be helpful to me at every level of my work. Laura and Chantelle were personable, relatable, likeable, patient and friendly, and they delivered the whole course at a perfect speed! I couldn’t recommend this particular course highly enough. All schools should have an ELSA as standard!
I really enjoyed working with the other Early Years Practitioners in the group as well as all the course content, so much so, that I have found myself researching more into the topics covered within the training! It is so helpful knowing that support is continually given by Educational Psychologists through supervision after the training has finished. The course has definitely changed the way I think about the things that children are doing and the meaning behind their behaviour. I found Laura and Chantelle to be really approachable and easy to talk to and no question felt like it was a silly question! I would say that all Early Years settings should implement the EY ELSA programme and do the training because it will be really beneficial to all your children and all of your staff too!
I really enjoyed learning how to carry out the emotional literacy activities shared on this course, as well as how to use the suggested resources. Laura and Chantelle are excellent trainers, and they are brilliant to work with. They both shared their wealth of experience and knowledge, and it was such an invaluable opportunity to absorb all of this from them! This course is definitely worth it!
I have enjoyed the whole process of my EY ELSA training. The course was delivered in a very friendly way; I got to meet a fantastic group of ladies in my supervision group, and I am really looking forward to implementing everything I have learnt in my setting. I have already set-up a display relating to emotions, and I have delivered whole class session focusing on a different emotion every week! This course has given me the confidence to talk to others in my setting about emotional literacy and the other subjects taught each week, and it has reinforced a lot of learning from my previous Early Years degree course, which has been great. I found Laura and Chantelle to be very knowledgeable and approachable and I would say to others that you should do this EY ELSA training course!
I really enjoyed learning about all of the psychology underpinning the ELSA role and finding out about all the resources I can bring to my work with children. Laura and Chantelle are both engaging and knowledgeable, getting across to us all, in a very clear, enjoyable and interactive way, what could have been quite challenging theory and information to understand. This training is very worthwhile, giving school staff the confidence to provide a safe environment to support children with emotional literacy needs. Thank you! I have learnt so much and I feel so much more confident now to carry out my ELSA role!
I have really enjoyed learning about emotional literacy and how to help children with recognising their emotions. It has been really good to learn more about attachment and brain development as I have a real interest in this area, as well as finding out more about autism. My EY ELSA training has given me extra knowledge as well as strategies to use in my work. I found it great working with Laura and Chantelle, who were very supportive, knowledgeable and friendly. I would say to another setting who is thinking about training an EY ELSA to just go for it! I think that every Early Years setting should have people dedicated to helping children understand their emotions.
I really enjoyed learning all the psychological theory taught on this course, as well as having the opportunity to share good practice with my colleagues working in schools. Chantelle and Laura were amazing. They were super-engaging and knowledgeable, and they made the whole course fun and interactive, even during the challenging circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic! Definitely do this course. All staff working in schools could benefit from using an ELSA approach to their work!
I feel the EY ELSA training has really increased my confidence in talking to children about their feelings and supporting them in school, as well as staff. Laura and Chantelle were really good trainers who were helpful and supportive. I’d tell others to do this course!
I really enjoyed learning about the psychological theory to understand the meaning behind behaviour. I also valued learning about new techniques, strategies and tools to use in my work with children to help them achieve the best possible outcomes. Everything shared on this course was helpful and gave me a lot to think about. The course was delivered with great planning, care and thought in the world of COVID-19. Working with Laura and Chantelle was excellent. They were both very friendly and approachable, and their delivery of the training materials was great. Every school should have at least one ELSA! This is the best course I have done in many years. I feel that what I have learnt will really benefit my work with several of the children I am currently involved with, and many more children to come in the future.
I have enjoyed the whole course and I have found it very interesting. I can’t wait to start putting what I have learnt into practice. I find we don’t always talk about feelings much within my setting and we have always tried to best support children by distracting them from crying, whereas I have learnt we can give them time and validate their feelings. We are going to work on emotions a lot more at my setting from now on and use the ‘wondering aloud’ technique. Both Chantelle and Laura were fabulous. I just want to say a massive thank you! I have really enjoyed this course!
I was really excited to learn about all of the psychological theory underpinning emotional literacy and well-being. This training was delivered in a very professional, sincere and informative way. Laura and Chantelle clearly love to deliver the ELSA training! This course is an absolute must for schools who care about the holistic needs of their children.
This course has helped me feel really confident going forward in my new ELSA role. I found it particularly useful to think about the different emotions and how to help children to recognise them, as well as to think about bereavement and loss. I have already been able to feedback and present to my preschool colleagues what I have learnt, and I have started to use some of the strategies shared with us. I found Chantelle and Laura very welcoming and they both delivered all the information really clearly and made it interesting and fun! They were always on hand to answer any questions. I would highly recommend this EY ELSA Training course, I think this is a very important role to have within Early Years. I can’t believe how quickly the 5 weeks had gone! Thank you!
On this course, I really enjoyed speaking to other colleagues working in similar roles to mine in school. The discussions were great to share work experiences and ideas together! The explanations of many of the psychological models and theories were really interesting. I found the Educational Psychologists delivering this training to be very well informed and approachable. This is a really thought-provoking course which equips you with so many tools to help notice and support emotional literacy needs within our children. I thoroughly recommend it!
I enjoyed everything within this training course – it has been so interesting! I feel I understand more about the way children think and how to approach emotional literacy needs. It was really good to work with Laura and Chantelle, they are amazing, and I would recommend this course.
The ELSA Training provides a great foundation from which your skills can grow! The practical applications of theories were particularly helpful, and it was great to hear ideas being shared that I can take back and use immediately. Chantelle and Laura were incredibly approachable, knowledgeable and interesting.
All of this training course was so useful. I have found it really helpful to think about unpicking the emotions behind challenging behaviour and to be given a bank of strategies to use to begin conversations with children on emotions. Laura and Chantelle were brilliant, and I would highly recommend the EY ELSA course with them.
I really enjoyed the ELSA Training course and meeting everyone. The training has been hugely beneficial in understanding how to support our children’s emotional wellbeing and I now feel confident in helping and supporting the children in our school. Laura and Chantelle were excellent, very friendly, approachable and helpful.
I can’t wait to start using my training and all the suggested tools and resources within my practice. Laura and Chantelle were amazing ladies, they were knowledgeable, friendly and caring. Definitely do this EY ELSA Training course.
The ELSA Training has been a very positive experience. Laura and Chantelle are inspiring, and I have really enjoyed working with the other ladies who will be in my supervision group.
This training course had already had a positive impact on my practice before it had even ended, as I quickly began to use many of the ideas and techniques taught. There was a really good balance of learning and networking with other Early Years settings. Laura and Chantelle were really helpful, friendly and approachable and they explained things really well. I would say to others to do this course because it will make you feel really confident in what you are doing to support emotional literacy needs.
I found Laura and Chantelle to be really knowledgeable trainers and really lovely ladies! All the resources, handouts and the handbook we were given were really useful. I found understanding about the psychology behind behaviour a particularly helpful and interesting aspect of the course. I really enjoyed the ELSA course and I am looking forward to putting my learning into practise. I’m also looking forward to the supervision in our groups as I know I’m not alone!
I really learnt that a child’s behaviour always has a reason and it is important for us to try and understand what that is. I found the EY ELSA training very beneficial and feel it has impacted very positively on my practice. I know that I can help children form a good basis for their later education and life by helping them develop an awareness and understanding of their emotions. Laura and Chantelle were very experienced, and they could draw on so many examples in their own work to back things up. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and I am looking forward to making changes within my setting which will be of benefit to all of the children’s emotional literacy!
I found the resources and handouts given to us on this ELSA training course really helpful. The whole course was presented by Laura and Chantelle in a really easy to learn format. I would recommend this course to others because I think what is taught is really relevant and beneficial for today’s school life.
I feel this training has really enabled me to better handle children’s behaviour and understand how to best support their emotional needs and validate their feelings. Laura and Chantelle were great and passed on their rich knowledge base through this course. I would say to others to take this course up. It’s extremely important to have staff within your setting who understand the value of emotional literacy support within everyday practice.
Everything taught on this course was so helpful, but I found the bereavement, grief and loss day particularly informative. I enjoyed meeting other people with the same desire to learn and take back this knowledge into their schools. It was great to be able to listen to each other and discuss ideas. Laura and Chantelle were easy to communicate with and I felt that I could ask whatever was on my mind. They were really open with all their knowledge and experiences. They were very welcoming and they both delivered the information on each of the five days with clarity and passion.
I have really enjoyed all of this course and it has given me more knowledge in my daily dealings with the children I work with. Laura and Chantelle were informative, friendly and approachable. I felt able to ask them questions about any aspect of the course.
I found it helpful to be able to reflect on my practice throughout this course. I feel I will be better equipped to deal with issues surrounding bereavement, grief and loss following this aspect of training within the course. Chantelle and Laura were extremely approachable, understanding and most of all patient! The course content was delivered with professionalism. I am looking forward to supervision as I feel this will be a really useful ongoing part of this training.
The Early Years ELSA Training has had an immediate effect on my practice. I am more confident talking to staff about emotional literacy and I have already used some of the strategies and techniques taught. Laura and Chantelle are fantastic, and the content and style of this training was great. I felt able to speak up and share without fear of judgement. To anyone thinking of doing this training I would say that every setting should have an EY ELSA. At a time when we are increasingly concerned about children and young people’s mental health, it is more important than ever for Early Years settings to focus on emotional literacy and well-being.
I enjoyed all aspects of this training course and felt I gained confidence and a much better understanding of emotional literacy, including how to approach situations. The course provided lots of ideas for me to apply to my practice. The course facilitators were really good – they were very knowledgeable and understanding. You should definitely book onto this course!
After doing this course, I feel more aware of children’s emotions and behaviours and reasons behind them. I feel more confident to validate children’s emotions rather than distract them from them and I feel my interactions with the children I work with has changed. I am more aware of their distress and how to support them when they are feeling strong emotions. I feel confident to implement the strategies I have been taught. Laura and Chantelle were very friendly and down to earth and not scary!! I felt like I could say anything, and my opinion or point was valid. I think the EY ELSA training is very useful and important and relevant, particularly in today’s world! Thank you very much.