Case studies

1. Hertfordshire County Council

The five to thrive approach was pioneered in a collaboration between KCA and Hertfordshire Council's Childhood Support Services team between October 2011 and March 2012. The five to thrive resources formed a key element of the council's 'My Baby's Brain' initiative.

This pilot roll-out saw KCA deliver training to 80 selected multi-agency practitioners, primarily from Early Years and Health settings, with the aim of enabling them to communicate effectively with parents and carers to promote healthy brain development. An evaluation of this first year by the Family Matters Institute was published in July 2012, and its positive findings led to a further expansion of the programme for 2012-13. This current phase comprises a broader roll-out of posters, guides and integration into the council's marketing communications, alongside training of more than 400 multi-agency professionals. Additional training sessions targeted at Early Years carers aim to equip them with the understanding that will ensure they can meet the secondary attachment needs of children in placement.

More information: Visit the C4EO validated local practice write-up for more detail on the project's aims and evaluated outcomes.

Five to Thrive blocks - Respond, Cuddle, Relax, Play, Talk