Social and emotional education needs to start as early as possible. This is one of the key findings from a report, just published by the European Commission. The report shows clear evidence of the positive impact of social and emotional education on reduced mental health difficulties in children and young people and their academic attitudes and achievement.
Social and emotional education has been the main focus of International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI) for more than 20 years. We believe in the important role that both teachers and carers play in promoting social and emotional well-being. ICDI, in partnership with organisations and universities in Europe, is currently assessing the well-being of 5-year-olds in 5 European countries, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, the Netherlands and Norway. As part of this project, SEED we will also be working with teachers of young children to help them to create a positive social and emotional climate in the settings where they are working.