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Growing Strong

Attitudes to building resilience in the early years

Parents have long known that their children’s emotional health can be just as important as their physical health. Children’s development doesn’t just depend on food, water and protection from harm, they also need emotional support, opportunities to play and a chance to develop their personalities.


This analysis has long been common sense for parents and is gaining the importance it deserves in public policy. A growing evidence base demonstrating the link between emotional wellbeing and educational, employment and other positive outcomes for children in later life, coupled with the success of programmes designed to boost emotional wellbeing, has forced the issue up the political agenda.