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5 to Thrive

Early years approach to be rolled out in Lewisham

Posted: 10/03/2022

What is it?

5 to Thrive
is an approach developed by Kate Cairns
which frames emotional/social development within brain growth
and neuroscience. Using the popular ‘5 a day’ approach to healthy eating, this
is 5 a day for healthy relationships and brain development ‘the building blocks
for a healthy brain.’

-Talk – Play – Relax – Cuddle – Respond –

 How does this relate to Lewisham?

November, a 5 To Thrive Conference was held at University Hospital Lewisham.
With an opening address from Frankie Sulke, Executive Director, Children and
Young People’s Directorate, and Kate Cairns and Carmel Duffy from UNICEF’s Baby
Friendly initiative
(Lewisham is working towards Baby Friendly
After the morning of talks, there was a workshop session for
Children’s centre staff to think about how to apply these ideas in their

Frankie spoke about resilience and protective factors and
how 5 to Thrive can be part of early
attachment and strong parenting. Lewisham currently has, Best EYFS results
in the country in 2014 (apart from the Isles of Scilly!)’
which is a great achievement. However Frankie
tells us, there is still more to do, and 5 to Thrive may be a way to support
working parents, families and within services. Some interesting stats about
Lewisham’s Children’s Centres can be found here.

Kate Cairns spoke of
her experience as a social worker and foster parent; she set out some
interesting case studies- such as how a mother who had been through the care
system was able to learn, with support of staff, how to interact and develop a
relationship with her daughter. Her previous child had been adopted, but in
this case study, mother and child were able to stay together.

This might be of interest if you:

Are an early year practitioner working with
parents and use this as a tool kit

Are an early years manager and could use this
with staff

An creative practitioner/ organisation who may
be developing an arts workshop with early years

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