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Level 1 Empathy educators training for early years settings (4 x 3 hr sessions)

By Tracy Seed and Katarina Sparrdal


Thursday, Jan 18, 2024 1:00 AM —
Thursday, Feb 08, 2024 4:00 AM

Would you like to be an empathy educator?
This unique, NVC training will help you bring, empathy, mindfulness and compassion into everyday activities with young children. You’ll develop Nonviolent Communication skills (created by Dr Marshall Rosenberg), and practices you can use immediately. 

Want to bring empathy and mindful practice into your early years setting?
This highly specialised course is delivered over 4 sessions online. It offers some practical tools for educators to deepen their experience of empathy and compassion. 

It’s about supporting children’s personal, social and emotional development and communication and fostering trust, cooperation, team work and collaboration. 

The course incorporates over 30 years’ experience of working with heart-focused practices in education settings. It includes empirical experience from the on-going operations of Ängbybarnen’s preschools in Stockholm and previous operations of preschools in London.

You will discover how empathy looks and feels in a care and education setting:

Enhance children’s understanding of their individual strengths and qualities, while providing them with the necessary emotional awareness, vocabulary, and skills to navigate conflicts peacefully. Foster an environment where they can learn to comprehend and empathize with others, and collaboratively make decisions that ensure satisfaction for everyone involved.

Strengthen children with compassion in less than a minute

Although young children naturally have the capacity for empathy and cooperation, this does not mean that they develop these capacities on their own. 

Empathy and collaboration

We work together as a team to share, learn and cultivate qualities, habits and to increase our awareness and understanding of empathy and collaboration. 

We wholeheartedly believe that empathy offers educators and children the mindset and emotional competencies they need to face a chaotic and rapidly changing world. Empathy can motivate people to learn, be creative, care for each other and work cooperatively for the well-being of everyone. 

Who is this training for? 
This level 1 introductory course is for educators in preschools. It is suitable if you are completely new to learning about empathy and NVC or if you have some prior understanding. We ask that you come willing to participate in the discussions and practical exercises. Fluency in English is an advantage.

The course will cover:
Reflective practice with NVC 
Discussions on what empathy is and isn’t (empathic presence, understanding and skills)
How do children develop empathy?
Adding mindful practices into your early year’s curriculum
Ideas for creating your own props for developing emotional literacy through play and storytelling.
Team planning for the short, medium and long-term
Dates and location:
We meet each week on zoom, for 4 weeks 6.00 – 8.00pm (GMT+1) London (UK) Tim

What does it cost?
£TBA per person (a reduction can be discussion for groups of people coming together)

You will receive a Level 1 Empathy Educators Certificate on completion of all sessions and assignments. 

Who are we?

Tracy Seed
Tracy has worked in the field of education, emotional intelligence for over 30 years. A qualified teacher, High Scope trainer, with a background in curriculum development, counselling, mindfulness, NLP and embodiment. She owned her own preschools for over 20 years and is well known as an empathy consultant, working with education settings, corporate and NFP organisations in the UK and internationally, as a trainer and coach. She is a NVC Trainer Certified with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication. 

Therese Elfstedt
Therese has been a preschool teacher for the past 20 years and has always had a special interest in communicating and establishing rapport with the youngest preschoolers. Through her training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) she, alongside her team, have developed a method by which each pedagogue does his/her very best in ensuring that every child is met with empathic communication. Therese has played a key role in several groups and workshops and lectured in empathic communication both in Sweden and abroad. 

Katarina Sparrdal
Katarina has always held a curiosity on the importance of internal communication and how it reflects on an organisation’s general well-being. She has 15 years of extensive experience in the field of empathic communication and is a certified Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainer. She works primarily at Ängbybarnens preschools in Stockholm, where she regularly trains pedagogues and collaborates with them in drafting educational materials for the preschools. Katarina has held lectures and workshops on NVC in Sweden, the Ukraine and other European countries. She studied Project Management at Stockholm University, focusing on Marketing and Communications. 

Helga Ronnysdotter
Helga has worked as a preschool teacher at Ängbybarnens preschools since 2010. This preschool group has been steered and inspired by Nonviolent Communication for the past 20 years. Helga is an art teacher and a workshop educator with a background in drama. Helga is part of Ängbybarnens preschool’s empathic communication team where she co-leads the training of pedagogues and designs educational materials for the preschool. She is trained in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and continues to educate herself and members of her team on the benefits of AAC.



  • Education (including schools and youth programs)