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Roots of Empathy in Early Years

Posted: 2nd December 2015

Charlotte Dack, the Service Coordinator of Roots of Empathy (North of England) spoke to final year Early Childhood Studies students recently about this exciting worldwide programme.

Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom programme that has had a dramatic effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. A trained Roots of Empathy Instructor and local parent and infant visit the school classroom over the school year.

These interactions and the accredited curriculum build children’s social and emotional competence.

Roots of Empathy recently featured in TIME magazine, ” The most profoudn and lasting way to reverse the empathy decline is to teach empathy skills in the classroom.  The world’s most effective programme, Roots of Empathy began in Canada and is spreading worldwide; over half a million children have done it.”

At present it currently delivered in 20 primary schools within Doncaster.