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. 

Where supported by risk assessment CALM is also able to provide a range of small hold techniques. The techniques have been developed for use as a last resort and always with the child’s safety at heart. 

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. 

How it works

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

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Who is This Course For?

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

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