Hand in Hand Approach

Using the Hand in Hand Listening Tools in childcare settings.

Hand in Hand is a connection-based approach to parenting and working with children (see www.handinhandparenting.org). Hand in Hand Parenting was founded in 1989 in the US and now has many instructors in countries all over the world. The founder of Hand in Hand, Patty Wipfler, spent many years running a pre-school setting using the Hand in Hand ethos and tools, and the organisation has decades of experience in supporting parents and people who work with children. At the Secret Garden we have been using the Hand in Hand approach in our work with pre-school children since 2015, and have experienced great outcomes for children, staff and parents.

Hand in Hand uses 5 simple and effective listening tools based on listening to children, which can help:

  • Build stronger and closer relationships with the children in your care
  • Increase cooperation
  • Work with separation anxiety and clinginess
  • Provide effective tools and strategies for working with aggression and challenging behaviour
  • Give clear guidelines for setting warm and effective limits
  • Develop connection based strategies in areas where there are commonly tensions, such as sharing and “saying sorry”
  • Build networks of support for the adults who are caring for children,

“…The more I use the approach the more confident I become in its suitability for application in a pre-school setting, with concrete positive results including building trust between children, practitioners, and parents, and improving my capacity to respond to the individual needs of children in a consistently kind and clear way.” 
Anna
Early Years Practitioner

 

 

A series of evening workshops will be facilitated by Louise Durrant, a certified instructor of Hand in Hand Parenting (you can read Louise’s story on the Hand in Hand website here) who is also Training Facilitator  at Secret Garden. Workshops will be for small groups, to allow opportunities for sharing, questions, and looking at specific situations. The structure and group sizes will also facilitate group cohesion and build trust, allowing participants to go deeper into their own process, and to have the opportunity to receive group listening support.

The 2020 Mini Series

We shall be running three mini series this year, in Jan/Feb, April/May and in Aug/Sept each one consisting of an Introduction Session and two Topic Sessions. Participants will have to attend an Intro Session before they can attend a Topic. Discount will be available for those who book multiple sessions. 

Contact the office for further information and booking:

enquiries@secretgardenoutdoor-nursery.co.uk 

 

 

 

Mini Series 1 - Wednesdays in Jan/Feb

INTRODUCTION: The Connection Framework – Listening to Children’s Feelings 

Wednesday 22nd January 6-8pm, cost £30.

This session will be an introduction to Hand in Hand’s connection framework as a basis for a transformative approach to childcare. We will look at the importance of listening to children’s feelings and learn how to do this in practice. We will look at some of the practical ways that this approach can be immediately effective in building better relationships and overcomingcommon challenges in childcare settings.

TOPIC: Building Connection for Learning. 

Wednesday 5th February 6-9pm, cost £45

How to connect so that children can thrive. (Further details coming soon) 

TOPIC: Tantrums and Frustration

Wednesday 19th February 6-9pm, cost £45

How listening through upsets can help children be motivated learners (further details coming soon).

Mini Series 2 - Thursdays in April/May

INTRODUCTION: The Connection Framework – Listening to Children’s Feelings 

Thursday 23rd April 6-8pm, cost £30.

This session will be an introduction to Hand in Hand’s connection framework as a basis for a transformative approach to childcare. We will look at the importance of listening to children’s feelings and learn how to do this in practice. We will look at some of the practical ways that this approach can be immediately effective in building better relationships and overcomingcommon challenges in childcare settings.

 

TOPIC: Sharing and Cooperation

Thursday 30th April 6-9pm, cost £45

How everyone benefits from a connection-based strategy for sharing (more info coming soon). 

 

TOPIC: Empowering Children Through Play

Thursday 14th May 6-9pm, cost £45

Support children with play to take a lead in their own learning and healing (more info coming soon). 

Mini Series 3 - Mondays in August/September

INTRODUCTION: The Connection Framework – Listening to Children’s Feelings 

Monday 24th August 6-8pm, cost £30.

This session will be an introduction to Hand in Hand’s connection framework as a basis for a transformative approach to childcare. We will look at the importance of listening to children’s feelings and learn how to do this in practice. We will look at some of the practical ways that this approach can be immediately effective in building better relationships and overcomingcommon challenges in childcare settings.

 

TOPIC: Seperation Anxiety

Monday 31st August 6-9pm, cost £45

Listening to support children through separation difficulties (more details coming soon).

 

TOPIC: Biting, Hitting, Pushing…

Monday 14th September 6-9pm, cost £45

A connection-based approach to dealing with challenging behaviour (more info coming soon).