Developing an emotional health and wellbeing policy

Developing an emotional health and wellbeing policy

Your emotional health and wellbeing policy should be written in consultation with parents/carers as well as listening to the children in your care. Good communication is the key to ensuring that your written policy is endorsed by all, including staff, children and their parents/carers.

Your emotional health and wellbeing policy should be written in consultation with parents/carers as well as listening to the children in your care. Good communication is the key to ensuring that your written policy is endorsed by all, including staff, children and their parents/carers.

As a childcare setting you may well have a lot of 'unwritten' rules about encouraging positive behaviour in your setting and best ways of welcoming parents/carers and children. Formulating these ideas into a written policy ensures that everyone has a chance to agree these beliefs. In addition, policies provide information to new parents about your approach to positive emotional health. It also gives parents/carers some guidance about the relationship you hope to adopt between home and the setting. Policies also provide staff with some guidance as to what support they can expect from the management team but also outside external agencies.

It is important to monitor the policy regularly and address any aspects that are not being adhered to. When the policy is written, ensure all parents/carers and staff have the opportunity to see it, whether this is a printed copy handed to everybody, a copy displayed in the setting or an electric copy added to your website. Likewise, ensure new parents/carers and staff can access a copy when they start and explain how the policy relates to them.