Thinking It, Feeling It, Doing It is a practical resource for staff working in Early Years settings.  The main aim of the resource is to give all practtitioners a sense of why what occurs, often instinctively, within an early years childcare setting is so vital to a child's developing brain and therefore to their well-being, learning and behaviour.

Drawing on current good practice in Early Years settings in Edinburgh, and with input from a range of practitioners, this resource provides information and practical suggestions over 7 sections;

Staff Well-being

Developing enriched environments

Core activities to support emotional well-being

Activity recipe book

Parent information

Policy background

Emotional skills development charts


To purchase this resource for your setting, please contact the City of Edinburgh Council Learning Publications team






The course aims to bring young people together on a personal  journey to explore what influences mental health and emotional wellbeing, and support them in making relevant links to their own lives.  It is hoped that they will ultimately use the information to make positive choices about how they manage their own mental health and emotional wellbeing, as well as how they influence that of other people’s.








Comprising of seven sessions, Cool, Calm and Connected explores some of the latest thinking about;

Mental health & emotional well-being ( what is it and why it matters)

Relationships & the developing brain (brain development and the teenage brain)

Getting the most out of your brain (what do developing brains need)

Wired to connect (the importance of relationships for the developing brain)

Making connections (building connections with others and developing empathy)

Beliefs and mindsets (how our beliefs influence how we feel and behave)

Thinking, Feeling, Doing (how changing the way we think can improve our lives).


Originally aimed at young people in S1-S3, Cool, Calm and Connected was developed for PSE curriculum and the materials support many of the experiences and outcomes of the Curriculum framework in Health and Wellbeing across learning.


Feedback and Testimonials

“It has allowed me to see that although I make mistakes, it is how I look at improving that counts.”

“It has made me realise that regardless of what happens you will always experience difficult situations, which you can overcome.”

“It has helped me to understand more about others in my life, as well as myself.”

“This course helped me to feel confident and more open to people. I feel more happy now.”



Raising Teens with Confidence (RTWC) has been developed following the success of Raising Children with Confidence (RCWC).  It has been piloted in 5 secondary schools across Edinburgh and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Team are preparing to roll out the training course more widely in 2015.

It aims to

Improve parent and carer understanding about factors which influence positive mental health and emotional well-being

Support parents and carers to better promote emotional well-being in themselves and their teenagers


What will I learn in Raising Teens with Confidence?

RTWC is a 12 hour course with 6 x 2 hour sessions

It covers the following topics:

The Teenage Years

Introduction to supporting young people's mental health and wellbeing and the research showing how parents can make a difference

The Amazing Teenage Brain

Looking at the new research around teenage brain development and how it impacts on behaviour

Risky Business

Why risk taking and pleasure seeking may be important for development and how best to manage the boundaries/limits around behaviours

It's Good to Talk

How to keep the channels of communication open in today's changing world 

The Brain Under Stress

Supporting teenagers to develop skills to overcome setbacks and develop resilience

Looking After Your Wellbeing

Practical ways to look after your mental health and wellbeing so you can best support your children to navigate through the teenage years

If you live in the Edinburgh area you can find details of all current courses here

For general enquiries about the course please contact the team


Teenage Brains and Behaviour Series is a 6 hour training programme that brings together the latest research from neuroscience, biology and psychology about what influences behaviour during adolescence and aims to create improved understanding of how to support young people during this vulnerable period of development.


The series is divided into 3 x 2 hour sessions covering;

The Connected Brain

Risk and resilience factors for children and young people's mental health and well-being

The Amazing Teenage Brain

The window of opportunity and vulnerability during the period of adolescent brain development

The Brain Under Stress

Helping young people develop skills to overcome setbacks and develop resilience

The course can be delivered to whole school staff groups, a select group of staff e.g. Pupil Suport Leaders and multi-agency staff groups from a variety of youth, community or voluntary organisations.



Over 500 staff across Edinburgh have now completed the course.  Evaluation has found:

97% found the course valuable

93% felt the course has had a positive impact on their professional practice

90% thought the course had had a positive impact on a personal level

75% reported that when working with children and young people there are things they will do differently with the knowledge they have gained

96% enjoyed the course and would recommend to a colleague


Feedback and Testimonials

"A more positive perspective on how I can help pupils cope in difficult situations"

"I feel that taking things less personally and thinking in the long term will be beneficial.  Reminded me why I became a teacher"

"Armed with more knowledge, I have a better understanding of my pupils.  It has also changed the way I teach some children (and relate to children and young people)"





Have you wondered what makes children tick and how you can support your children to be confident and resilient? Then Raising Children with Confidence is for you!

Raising Children with Confidence (RCWC) is a universal training programme for groups of parents and carers which focuses on promotion of positive mental health and emotional well-being. 

It aims to

  • Improve parent and carer understanding about factors which influence positive mental health and emotional well-being.
  • Support parents and carers to better promote emotional well-being in themselves and their children.

RCWC is an affirming course which pulls together many of the latest findings and evidence from neuroscience, psychology and social science to explain what influences children’s emotional well-being and why what parents do makes such a difference.  It recognises the uniqueness of every family and, through increasing knowledge and allowing you to share your experiences with other parents and carers, will support you to make choices and changes which are relevant to your family.

What will I learn in Raising Children with Confidence?

RCWC is a 14 hour course with 7 x 2 hour sessions

It covers the following topics:

1. Introduction to emotional health & well-being

2. Why do kids do that?

Exploring some of the research into brain development and how stress affects the brain.

3. What’s love got to do with it?
An introduction to attachment theory and how relationships in early life can have an impact on well-being longer term.

4. Cotton wool kids?
Explores resilience and what parents can do to support their child to manage life's up and downs.

5. Staying connected?
What is empathy and how can we support children's development of empathy through effective communication and role modelling.

6. What makes us, us?
How the childhood experiences of parents can shape their behaviour as adults and how they can look after their own emotional well-being.

7. 21st Century Childhood
Explores media influences on children and reviews the main ingredients to developing resilient, emotionally healthy children.


If you live in the Edinburgh area you can find details of all current courses here


If you live in another area of Scotland  contact us to find out about courses in your area