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At least 1 in 10 children are struggling with their emotions and/or their behaviour.

We are specialists in Emotional Education, and help to make the journey through childhood simply the best it can be for all children and their families

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Did you know you can help teach your child to cope with their emotions via these simple methods?

The Finding Your Way books focus on the core human emotions of sadness, fear, anger, disgust, surprise and happiness that all humans – from children right through to the elderly – experience.

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About Acorn Family

Welcome to the Acorn Family website. For those of you that are new to Acorn, we are a specialist early years creative therapy and wellbeing education service. We offer an inclusive, non-judgemental, child and family-focused service for parents, carers, teachers and anyone working with children.

Our Ethos

At Acorn, our ethos is all about children’s emotional wellbeing and resilience. We aim to make the journey through childhood simply the best it can be for all children and their families by sharing what we know about human emotions, child development, family dynamics, adversity and education.

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Finding Your Way Books

Finding Your Way is our series of fun picture books specifically created for children by psychologist and family practitioner, Kay Brophy. The books focus on the six core emotions of happiness, sadness, fear, anger, disgust and surprise, linked together by a map called Lifeland.

Understanding why we all have, and need, our core emotions is key. They are integral to all humans and lie behind what motivates us to behave the way we do. If you’d like to know more, or if you have any questions please contact us.

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Why should we teach children about emotions?

Children have to learn core subjects in school such as English and Maths so why don't we teach them about their core emotions?

Children are possibly facing greater emotional pressures than ever before and it is up to us, the adults, to help them make sense of their feelings.

All feelings are important to us, even the difficult ones; they are part of nature's natural warning system. Children are born with an innate ability to adapt and survive in their environment. As a result of this, they are naturally expressive without needing to use words; think of a crying baby being able to let you know they are hungry, tired, thirsty, cold, hot or bored. 

When children are asked to identify their feelings to express what is bothering them, they usually find it fairly easy in a safe environment, using an illustrated chart that shows the six "core" emotions of anger, fear, surprise, disgust, happiness and sadness.

What People Say About Us


It has been a privilege to work with you. The support and help you have given our pupils and their families has been invaluable.

Mentors, Mountpleasant


You have helped me a lot with my feelings and anger problems.

Child, The Grange Primary


It was really helpful and I really enjoyed coming to see you.

Child, The Grange Primary


We have learned skills to deal with our problems which has helped us to cope better, I feel a lot stronger now, you've been amazing.

Parent, Sundorne Infants


My daughter can now talk to me if she has any problems, I'm really pleased about that, thank you.

Parent, Belvidere Secondary


It's been fun playing with you, I am happy in school now.

Child, Sundorne Infants


Thank you so much for everything you have done. Me and my family are very grateful to you.

Parent, Sundorne Infants


Thank you for everything you have done for us, it has been lovely working with you.

SENCo, Church Stretton