Thrive Approach


The THRIVE Approach

What is THRIVE?

THRIVE supports children with their emotional health, wellbeing and social skills, all of which are needed to enable learning to take place.

Children cannot always put their needs into words, but the way children behave can tell us a lot about how they are feeling.

The THRIVE Approach draws on the latest research from current neuroscience, recent attachment research, current studies of effective learning and current models of child development, in order to help us to understand the needs being signalled by children’s behaviour.

Working with parents and class teachers, our THRIVE practitioner carries out assessments of identified children’s social, emotional and behavioural needs which help us to build an Action Plan of targeted strategies and activities to help children re-engage with learning and life.

Why might my child attend a THRIVE session?

Many children experience difficulties during their time at school. These may include:

  • Difficulties with friendships.
  • Getting into trouble at playtime.
  • Finding it hard to settle in the classroom.
  • Finding it difficult to manage their strong feelings.
  • Not knowing who to turn to when feelings are too big to manage on their own.

What will happen in a THRIVE session?

The session may be on an individual basis or as part of a small group of children. During each session there will be an activity which may include:

  • Story telling
  • Painting
  • Exploring different situations
  • Arts and crafts
  • Sand play
  • Movement and relaxation
  • Hand and foot massage
  • Role play and puppet work
  • Games
  • Projects focusing on the child’s own interests.

More information

For more information about the THRIVE approach, see the website:, or contact Hayley Brown, Family Support Worker and Thrive Practitioner at Riverview CofE Primary and Nursery School, on 0208 337 1245.