Providing Positive Experiences for Children

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The Derbyshire County Council Positive Play Support Programme


 What is the Positive Play Support Programme?

The Positive Play – Support Programme is part of the Derbyshire County Council Behaviour Support Service Early Intervention Strategy aiming:
“To raise the self-esteem of children and young people, helping them to access the curriculum and so achieve their potential.”

The programme is delivered in a sensory area, with a trained Positive Play Worker through a series of structured activities and play, as play is a natural medium which helps children and young people make sense of their world.

 What are the aims and objectives of the programme?

 The main objective of our programme is to help children and young people develop the skills necessary for them to achieve their potential in life. They need to be able to identify
and manage their own feelings, empathise with others and their feelings and develop the appropriate personal and social skills which contribute to our emotional intelligence.
“Emotional intelligence refers to the capacity for recognising our feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our

(Daniel Goleman: Working with Emotional Intelligence 1998) As a result we aim:

  • To allow young people a space to express and communicate feelings and difficulties in their lives, through a variety of media in a constructive rather than aggressive ways and in a safe non-threatening environment. 
  • To help young people feel good about themselves, and raise their self-esteem by providing activities that look at their strengths and by valuing what they do and making it special.
  • To provide a non-authoritarian, supportive, reliable, safe, unconditional relationship within the school and other settings.
  • To provide some of the early experiences that may have been missed but which are necessary for formal education and social interaction.
  • To help young people acquire the complex range of life skills needed to achieve their potential.

Young people with emotional and behavioural problems often have a negative view of school which can persist through their school career, but it is hoped that the positive experience offered through the Positive Play Support Programme will change that perception and improve their life chances.

To view a more detailed overlay of our Positive Play Programme please click here

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Holly House School

Church Street

Old Whittington


S41 9QR


Tel: 01246 450530

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