What are the Zones of Regulation?

Self-regulation is something everyone continually works on, whether we are aware of it or not.  We all encounter trying circumstances that test our limits from time to time.  If we are able to recognize when we are becoming less regulated, we are able to do something about it to feel better and get ourselves to a better place.  This comes naturally for some, but for others it is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced. This is the goal of The Zones of Regulation (or Zones for short).

What are The Zones of Regulation?

The Zones is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete zones.  The Zones curriculum provides strategies to teach children (and adults!) to become more aware of, and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, managing their sensory needs, and improving their ability to problem solve conflicts and understand how their behaviour may impact on those around them.

The Four Zones

The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions.  A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone. A person is described as “out of control” if in the Red Zone.

The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions; however, one has some control when they are in the Yellow Zone.  A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.

The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone.  This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.

The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness, such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.

The Zones can be compared to traffic signs.  When given a green light or in the Green Zone, one is “good to go”.  A yellow sign means be aware or take caution, which applies to the Yellow Zone.  A red light or stop sign means stop, and when one is the Red Zone, this often is the case.  The Blue Zone can be compared to the rest area signs where one goes to rest or re-energize.  All of the zones are expected at one time or another, but the approach focuses on teaching children how to figure out what zone is expected based on the environment and people around them. For example, when playing on the playground or in an active/competitive game, no one would think twice about one being in the Yellow Zone but that would not be same in the library.

For tips to use these at home, we have a handy a downable PDF Top tips for using The Zones of Regulation at home

This information is available to down load as a PDF  explaining the zones

Visual support program

Sanderson’s Wynd are proud to be championing the visual support program. Over the next few weeks we will be updating all visual aids in the school as we have moved onto the widget program. If you would like any more information of this and if specific visual aids would be useful to your child, please get in touch with Mrs Pitt. We have popped some information about the program below.

Primary 1 August 2023

Hopefully you all parents will have received the information about the transition visits taking place at the school on 21/22nd of June 2023.

The Children’s P1 meet the teacher packs have gone out addressed to them personally  and should be arriving over the next week or so. if you haven’t received your pack by the 16th of June please email the school directly admissions@elcschool.org.uk

Personal Property in school

Personal property in school

Over the last few weeks we have had a few cases of personal items belonging to pupils going missing. We would kindly like to remind all parents and carers that unfortunately we are unable to accept any liability for the loss or damage to the items. If you are sending items in, please ensure these items are well labelled and easily identified.


Scooter and bikes 

All bikes and scooters should be stored to the bike stand/shed in the playground, they should not be left at the front entrance of the school. All bikes and scooters should be locked with a suitable lock and should be labelled or identifiable as to who is the owner to school staff / parents and other children.






As with clothing/ bags/ lunch boxes / gym kits/ coats ETC we would recommend that any and all items are labelled with the owners name clearly.

Nursery Attendance – Summer School Break

Dear Parent/Carer,

As you know Sanderson’s Wynd Nursery is open during the summer school break from Thursday 29 June – Friday 11 August 2023, when the schools are closed. The nursery is closed for the in-service days on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 August 2023.

Please use the link below to inform us if your child will not attend nursery during part or all of the summer break by Monday 5 June 2023.


During this period, normal attendance protocols are in place and you should report any absences. As the school office will be closed, the school absence line will not be staffed during this time, please email nurseryattendance@elcschool.org.uk in the first instance, or if this isn’t possible, telephone 07718662056 to report the absence.

If you haven’t informed us your child will not attend nursery during the period mentioned above and your child does not attend, a member of nursery attendance staff will contact you to find out the reason for absence. Please let us know in advance if your child will be absent.

Questions or Queries

When schools are closed during holiday periods, our Centre Manger Danielle Sackree is the lead in our nursery setting. As always, the first point of contact is the nursery staff to support you with any initial questions or queries you may have, but if you need to speak to our Centre Manager, the nursery staff will put you in touch.

Social Media Safety …are you keeping as safe as possible?

As a school we never encourage any child to access social media. Social media platforms cannot be access from school computers and networks.

Social media companies have detailed policies and operating procedures with age restrictions for reasons, it is the full responsibility of the Parents/ Carers to ensure children are accessing appropriate content.     

below here are some handy guides to help with understanding the most common sites.











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