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Wellbeing & Early Help

Young Devon Wellbeing Toolkit

What is Early Help?

Early Help means taking action to support a child, young person or their family early in the life of a problem, as soon as it emerges. It can be required at any stage in a child's life from pre-birth to adulthood, and applies to any problem or need that the family cannot deal with or meet on their own.

Early Help Contact Numbers

Hungry Little Minds

Improving early communication, language and literacy development is a key priority for the government and a cornerstone of building a country that works for everyone. Some of the poorest children in the UK start school months behind their peers and the gap can grow through their school years. Children with poor vocabulary skills at age five may be up to twice as likely to be unemployed in their 30s. In July 2018, the Secretary of State for Education announced the government’s ambition to halve in ten years the proportion of children who finish reception year without the communication, language and literacy skills they need to thrive. As a result, the Department for Education is launching Hungry Little Minds – a new three-year campaign to encourage parents to engage in activities that support their child’s early learning and help set them up for school and beyond.



Taking Steps towards living well

Parent Workshop - Timid to Tiger

Timid to Tiger is an entirely parenting-based approach to managing anxiety in children. It is based on evidence that anxious children benefit substantially from a parenting style that is clear, calm and consistent. Parents learn a new approach to managing their children, using attachment-based play, lots of praise and reward for good and confident behaviours, and gentle disciplinary techniques and planned ignoring for unwanted behaviours. Parents are also taught a number of simple cognitive-behavioural techniques for managing their children’s fear and worry.

If you are interested in taking part on the next available programme and would like to find out more, please contact Mrs Hodder

Funded by Health Education England, HappyMaps is designed to help parents find useful resources on behaviour and mental health for their children - from babies to young adults. Take a look at the website at

   0808 8020111

grieftalk, the brand new, confidential helpline from Grief Encounter

MindUP helps teachers create a classroom environment characterized by optimism, compassion and engagement, promoting resilience and fostering expressions of gratitude, empathy, and connection to others.

A guide to supporting Trans Children and Young People