ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) are something I hadn’t heard about until recently and since starting to study them it has joined all the dots for me.
It backs up what I have long believed; mental and physical health are not as easy to separate as we would like to believe.
We must keep the prime areas of development as our priority in Early Years and throughout childhood; we must not brush children’s experiences to one side.
Keep talking to our children, be honest and open and demonstrate empathy always in order that they may grow to do the same with the people around them.
To make the biggest change in our society we must raise children who do not judge but demonstrate genuine compassion for others.
Putting the emphasis on the three areas of prime development does not inhibit academic learning but support it.
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Jennifer Wyman is founder of Bridge the Gap and an emotional education consultant and trainer. A qualified early years practitioner and mum of two with over 21 years experience within the early years sector.