How do we know it works?
According to empirical research, approximately one fifth of children in pre-schools (and one third from socially disadvantaged environments) do not have developed social and emotional skills. This means that teachers spend more time in classrooms dealing with misbehaviours and conflict situations.
The “Good Start” methodology has proven to be effective in supporting the development of social and emotional skills of preschool children, providing teachers with effective classroom management tools.
“Good Start” methodology is based on empirically tested evidence. The main principals of the methodology are built on the programs of Incredible Years developed by Dr. Stratton at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA.
The Incredible Years programs have spread to over 10 European countries and over the course of 30 years, it has proven its effectiveness. It is intensely tested and evaluated by both its developers and independent experts. Evaluations are mostly done using randomized control trials, and in many evaluation studies, the designed goals have been achieved. Some of the findings demonstrate that the teachers who exhibit positive behaviour instead of using punitive measures are better equipped to lead their classroom and deal with child misbehaviour. These positive results have been demonstrated in both short term and long term periods.