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Zones of Regulation

What are the Zones of Regulation?

At Coppetts Wood we use our Zones of Regulation to determine our feelings and emotions. The Zones categorise all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four different colours (Green, Yellow, Blue and Red.) They teach our children to self-regulate and manage their feelings, in order to get themselves to a healthy mental place, by providing strategies to teach children to become more aware of and able to control their emotions, impulses and sensory needs


Each coloured zone has associated tools/strategies which support children to be able to self-regulate and manage their emotions.

It should be emphasised that throughout an average day, it is normal to feel a mixture of all emotions. We often move between the Zones numerous times over the course of a day and experience a wide range of feelings.

What are the strategies used?

In our classes we have a Zones of Regulation board, every morning, after break and every afternoon the children 'check in' with what Zone they are feeling. The children are aware that they are able to go and change their Zone at any point of the day.

If a child can identify that they are in the Yellow, Blue or Red Zone and the reasons as to why they are in that Zone, they will then be able to find the most suitable strategy to help get them out of that zone - either independently or with help from a staff member. 

Strategies that the children can use:

We know that it is completely normal to feel all four of the different zones from time to time as long as we are able to recognise what has put us into the Zone and how we are going to get back out of it. We encourage the children to use their Zones both inside and outside of school, to identify their feelings and emotions and the best way to deal with them. 

How can I support my child at home?

To support our work in school on developing emotional regulation, we would encourage you to discuss this at home too. Here are some ideas of questions you might like to use at home:

  • Which zone are you in?
  • What tools/strategies could you use to get back into the green zone?
  • Tell me about a time you were in the red zone and how you dealt with it.
  • How would you support someone who is in the red/blue/yellow zone?


Please email the office if you would like a Zones of Regulation pack to support your work at home.