Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) and Behaviour Support at Take Part

18 Nov 2020

Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) and Behaviour Support at Take Part

I believe that amazing things can happen to anyone and everyone. People can sit exams, they can have successful interviews, they can front presentations, they can be Team Leaders and they can be who they want to be! I want to help them believe in themselves to achieve their goals, however big or small.

Leanne Chance, Head of Take Part - Glossop

Congratulations to Leanne on her new skill set!

A child psychologist dedicates their lives to the proactive contribution to the strong and healthy development of children of all ages.  Leanne is no different within her role at Take Part.  There is nothing more gratifying than knowing everything you do on a day-to-day basis makes a positive difference of the lives of those you work with. 

Leanne feels that her position at Take Part balances responsibility and reward in equal measure.  She feels there’s no better feeling than that of knowing your everyday duties make a positive contribution to the lives of those you encounter.

“Every child has their own personality, their own way of walking, talking, drinking, standing and sitting.  Siblings from the same parents can be vastly different.  Brothers and sisters deal with different things in different ways.  The personality of a child can be seen from infancy, some children can be calm and quiet while others are fussy and complex.  

The essential elements in personality development are:

  • Playing is the root of personality development
  • Communication skills help children to socialise
  • Balance of emotions teach children how to face difficulties without losing control
  • Curiosity helps them discover and learn. 
  • Fear can help a child with danger and harm. 

At Take Part we blend all these areas of personality development into our lesson plans, shows and exams.  Performance can help develop personality at any age, bringing a sense of playfulness to the stage as we communicate and step outside our comfort zone.”

Social Skills

Learning the social skills essential to living as an individual within the society that surrounds you, is the process known as socialisation. Every society has a different process of socialisation, but in all processes bonding and attachment, personal identity, self-concept and confidence are equally important.  At Take Part we support everyone with their social skills.  Take Part has a hunger for connection and community.  Our creative workshops have a profound effect on our physical and mental health, longevity, happiness and socialisation.  Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.  We want to build a community to blend creativity, personal identity, confidence and friendships, and we want you to know you can feel vulnerable and know you belong at Take Part. 


Development of identity at is how a child learns and understands more about themselves, as they get older. Self-knowledge is everything a child remembers, and understands about itself, including how they behave in their social universe. Self-evaluation is how a child compares themselves to other individuals at other growth sections. Self-discipline looks at the space to continue in a more independent, achievement-established, driven behaviours even when faced with challenging internal feelings or outside stimuli. Leanne is an advocate of helping the individual to be happy and comfortable in their own skin.  To thrive as yourself and be empowered by the support of your peers is something Leanne celebrates within her group work.  

Self-evaluation – Confidence is high in preschool to pre adolescence, this leads to self-evaluative views. Children make evaluations of themselves within their family, peer groups, and school. At Take Part we work on self-evaluation as the child grows older, so they can feel safe and secure in all that they do. 

• Self-regulation – The extent to which children can understand their feelings and consider fixing issues depends on their mental space to manage their status and particular protection and coping mechanisms.  At Take Part we teach resilience, which is the ability to cope and self-regulate in any given situation. 

• Self-knowledge – self-recognition is a similar type of self-knowledge, and develops in a child around 2 years old when they see what they look like in a mirror. 

• Sex-role development – Sex characteristic is an important role of identity. From birth to 5 years old a child goes through a process of studying the idea of gender. First they identify a difference between the sexes and label themselves either girl or boy. Then they realise the gender is secure and irreversible. Next they recognise there are differences and gender-associated behaviour that have no impact on sex. At Take Part we accept and welcome everyone and their decisions, explanations are not required.   

Development and Growth

Humans are inherently unique and individual. This means that one child will not develop skills and abilities at the same time as another. Development and growth are affected by outside influences such as social relationships, culture, environmental factors and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The different areas of a child’s development at Take Part

Physical: the visible and measurable changes in growth throughout a life span.

Motor: the increasing amount of control a child has over their body that with patience and practice lead to various skills including walking, catching.

Social: The process by which a child learns to go from the womb to being fully integrated in society.

Emotional: Where a child learns to control all of their emotions and use them appropriately.

Cognitive: refers to the growth in the child’s thinking and moral capabilities, through learning, exploration and questions they will start to comprehend the world that surrounds them

Language: the progression from crying and laughter as the only form of communication to speaking full sentences

Leanne’s approach is to assess a child’s strength and areas they feel confident in to build their self-esteem.  Leanne can then identify the need for development in specific areas and bring together the blended skills of our unique Teaching Team to allow the child to grow, advance and achieve in their performance and life skills.

If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s needs and how we can meet them at Take Part please do not hesitate to contact