Understanding the Leuven Scales of Wellbeing & Involvement

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The Leuven scale is a 5 point scale that allows those working directly with children to measure a child’s emotional well-being and involvement.

Using the Leuven scales can make a huge difference to the lives of the children you look after and is particularly important in the Early Years because it can safeguard a child's emotional development while encouraging engagement for their learning development. 

First pioneered by Ferre Laevers and his team at Leuven University in Belgium, the Leuven Scales help you to understand how focused and comfortable children are in the setting.

According to Laevers, "high levels of both well-being and involvement allow children to experience deep learning. A happy, involved child is one who can experience the world at its fullest. They truly learn from those experiences."

"A child with low well-being is far more likely to exhibit extreme behaviour and they’re never going to engage with the opportunities in your setting."

“If we’ve got well-being, we’ve got a lot, It indicates for us that everything that has to do with the personal social and emotional development of the child is going well.”

I have delivered this training many times both nationally and internationally, and am now sharing this with you; the course is made up of two parts - Part One being Wellbeing and Part Two being Involvement. and alongside my specially recorded presentations you can download copies of the PowerPoint with a space to write notes and also the hand-outs to support your learning. reflective exercises and templates I have developed.

"Education must be based on research and reflection. Pedagogy must be underpinned by understanding of children and developmentally informed practice."

Dr Sue Allingham

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