In every early years setting, there are some children who struggle with self-regulation and therefore exhibit challenging behaviour. Many of these children can learn to self-regulate with appropriate individual support. Supportive relationships provide a sense of security, connection and co-regulation and thus are the basis for supportive guidance. Individualized approaches, based on what you know about the underlying reasons for each child’s strong needs behaviour, will guide you in providing successful strategies. An intentional plan is needed for challenging situations; this involves connection, protection and co-regulation.
Jan has 30 years of teaching Early Childhood Education courses at Fanshawe College, London, Ontario and Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ontario. While "retired" Jan researches and provides on-line professional learning opportunities for Dominion Learning Institute of Canada and for interactive professional learning and consultation to Early Years professionals. Jan served as a member of Ontario's Expert Panel on an Early Learning Framework, Ministry of Education. She works with the Psychology Foundation of Canada, promoting children's emotional wellness, and is a trainer for their Kids Have Stress Too! programs. Jan has co-authored an ECE textbook, Children at the Centre: Principles of Early Childhood Education in Canada