Tears, Tantrums and You

“Regulating emotions does not mean suppressing emotions but expressing emotions effectively and appropriately for safety, getting one’s needs met and socialising… Parents and practitioners have an important role to support young children through these testing times.” Building the Ambition 2014.

The aim of this course is to improve the quality of managing challenging behaviour within a professional childcare setting. It includes discussing how to prevent tantrums whilst exploring their triggers and why some children bite.

This course aims to give childminders the support needed to:

  • Identify strategies for managing challenging behaviour.
  • Consider appropriate methods within a childminding setting. 
  • Support a personalised development plan for every child..

Key learning during this course includes understanding and explaining:

  1. Ensure that a childminding setting promotes positive behaviour.
  2. Be responsive to children’s emotions and experiences and actively encourage children’s parents and their families to be involved in decision making about your childminding environment.
  3. Organise resources for children to access.
  4. Plan activities that are inclusive and available to all children.
  5. Help children to identify the boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in themselves and others.
  6. Value diversity.

Course outcomes:

When you have completed this course, your core knowledge and understanding will include:

  1. How to demonstrate respect and value for children’s capabilities and strengths.
  2. The recognition of developmentally appropriate behaviour.
  3. How to improve the quality and provision of outdoor play.
  4. How to increase your confidence in offering outdoor play in your childcare setting.




"To help with tantrums with young toddlers, I've learned how to handle some situations.  It helps to hear other childminders views of situations that arise."

Childminder comment

Funding your learning

SCMA is a Skills Development Scotland Individual Training Account (ITA) Approved Provider. Funding will give eligible learners £200 to fully fund this Unit. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have already completed some of the courses within  UNIT 4: Quality of Childcare Progression since April 2014, your prior learning will contribute towards the knowledge and learning aspect of the Work Based Unit.  

Return to unit

This course is part of the Complete Childminding Learning Pathway Unit 4