The Classroom

RULER Program

We will be using this brilliant and very successful method that helps to develop the emotional intelligence and well-being of everyone associated within the nursery.

RULER has been created by The Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence, it has been built on years of research.

RULER is an acronym and stands for:

  • Recognising emotions in yourself and others
  • Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions
  • Labeling emotions accurately – if you can name it you can tame it
  • Expressing emotions appropriately
  • Regulating emotions effectively

The first anchor tool for the early years is called the ‘Mood Meter’. This helps the children think of emotions in terms of energy and pleasantness. Parents and teachers alike are delighted by how easy the children find it to use colours to express their feelings and the feelings of others around them.

The second anchor tool is ‘The Charter’ – the children describe the way they would like to feel when they’re at The Willow on the Farm and what they can do to help themselves and their friends feel this way.

Every two weeks a new “feeling word” is introduced, we talk about how that word feels, how to recognise it in ourselves and others and if it is a red or blue feeling how to manage our emotions to get to the right place.

All the staff are trained by a qualified teacher in the RULER method and parents will also have the opportunity to attend workshops to help them ‘talk to their children in colour!’