Course Overview

CALM supports Early Years providers and their staff to understand and address the root causes of behaviour that challenges using a whole-organisation, public health approach through our integrative practice model. A focus on attachment, trauma and nurture enables staff to make sense of challenging situations and to develop child-centred plans to prevent, avert and more safely manage crisis. 

This programme will train participants to deliver days 2 and 3 of the CALM Behaviour Support for Early Years Course including the physical elements of the course as well as the related theory elements, which covers de-escalation skills, child development, and legal challenges for staff among other key themes. Day 1 of the course can be delivered directly by CALM Training or by an organisations “in house” CALM Associate Theory trainer.   

Key aims:  

  • To promote competence in a range of behavioural management techniques including physical intervention  
  • To develop basic competencies in physical intervention techniques  
  • To develop a safe system of work  
  • To understand the legal context of physical intervention  
  • To develop a basic understanding of child development – in relation to specific theorists  
  • To develop a basic understanding of a variety of de-escalation strategies when working with smaller children  
  • To identify issues for further action  


Please note, CALM only teaches physical skills in specific contexts and situations subject to training needs analysis. Risk assessments and behavioural audits must be engaged in to ascertain not only whether there is a legitimate need for physical skills training but also importantly WHICH techniques should be taught. To assist with skill acquisition, retention and ultimately safety, techniques must be limited and must be chosen to meet current operational risks only. Only staff exposed to risks directly, and/or those with the responsibility to intervene, should receive training in physical skills, as should their managers. ALL staff MUST have undertaken the CALM Core Theory course PRIOR to undertaking CALM Physical skills training. 

At CALM, we believe that the safest intervention is the one you never have to apply.

At CALM, we believe that the safest intervention is the one you never have to apply.  

We believe: there is always a reason for the distress which presents as challenging behaviour; that skilled support and planning is the key to humanely working with such distress; and that restrictive physical interventions should only ever be used as a last resort. 

CALM’s approach is always to reduce the use of restrictive techniques, placing emphasis on primary prevention and strategic approaches to restraint reduction.  

All CALM techniques:  

Are non-aversive and non-pain based
Are independently bio-mechanically evaluated

Enable a proportionate approach to physical intervention to meet key legal principles 

What you’ll learn

Participant competence will be assessed by the following methods: 

  1. Theoretical component – Short written test paper during course 
  2. Theoretical /Physical component – a written assignment for completion within 6 weeks of course
  3. Physical component – External Verification

Accreditation will involve:  

  • Full course attendance  
  • Written test paper during course  
  • Written test paper for completion following the course  
  • External Verification 
Right for you?

Who is This Course For?

  • Services: Nurseries, Early Years Services  
  • Roles: Early Years Managers, Early Years Support Workers, Nursery Teams, Early Years Educators 
Education Services

Mainstream schools, ASN (Additional Support Needs) schools, SEN (Special Educational Needs) schools, SEBN (Social, Emotional, Behavioural Needs) 

CALM Core Theory Online is a whole sector approach that can benefit anyone working in Education Services. 

Roles: Pupil Support Assistants, Teachers, Catering and Facilities staff, Principal Teachers, Head Teachers, Class-room Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Special Needs Assistants, Early Childhood Educators, Educational Psychologists, anyone in a Learning and Development role, anyone in a supervisory or senior management role.   

Social Care

Residential Childcare, Supported Living, Housing Support Services, Respite Care, Day Supports 

CALM Core Theory Online is a whole sector approach that can benefit anyone working across the Social Care Sector. 

Roles: Support Assistants, Support Workers, Senior Support Workers, Team Leaders, Project Managers, Operational Managers, Social Workers, addiction workers, workers with homeless, anyone in an L & D role, anyone in a supervisory or senior management role.   

Health Services

Nursing Homes, in patient dementia and older adult services, adolescent and young people in patient settings, Addiction services, Homeless services, forensic services 

CALM Core Theory Online is a whole sector approach that can benefit anyone working in Health Services. 

Roles: Health Care Assistants, Registered Nurses, Doctors, addiction workers, project workers, Reception/Admin staff, Community Health staff, Multi-disciplinary roles such as Speech and Language therapists, OT’s, anyone in an L & D role, anyone in a supervisory or senior management role. 


What Others Say

” I feel so much more confident now having a better understanding of legal issues and best practice standards. Ready to do the job I love better!  “

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” When we started to explore how behaviour can make us feel, this gave me an opportunity to really reflect on how that can definitely at times affect my response. “

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” I’d never heard of Attribution Theory before, but the way it was explained on the course made perfect sense to me and my practice. How we approach situations and what ‘frames’ our thinking has a very powerful impact on what happens next – I see that now. I have been trying to apply it and follow it in my practice as much as possible. The short video I watched about Blame made me laugh so much because it was so true – really hit the mark! I have been trying to apply it to my home life too! “

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