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Medstead Church of England Primary School

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Zones of Regulation

Feelings are complicated. They come in different sizes, intensities, and levels of energy that are unique within our brains and bodies. To make them easier to talk about, think about, and regulate, The Zones of Regulation organizes our feelings, states of alertness, and energy levels into four coloured Zones – Blue, Green, Yellow, and Red. The simple, common language and visual structure of The Zones of Regulation helps make the complex skill of regulation more concrete for learners and those who support them. We learn to regulate our Zones to meet our goals and task demands, as well as support our overall well-being.


Regulation is something everyone continually works on whether we are aware of it or not. We all encounter trying circumstances that can test our limits. If we can recognize when we are becoming less regulated, we are able to do something about it to manage our feelings and get ourselves to a healthy place. This comes more naturally for some, but for others it is a skill that needs more attention and practice. This is the goal of The Zones of Regulation​. (Zones of Regulation website 2024)


At Medstead Primary School, we use 'Zones of Regulation' to support children with their emotional regulation. We have displays around classrooms and regularly talk to children about their emotions, how we can identify which zone we are in and how we move from one zone to another.

Some children will have individual 'toolboxes' in which they have specific activities/tools agreed, which can help them to regulate their mood and be ready to learn. All zones are considered 'ok' and children are supported to recognise their needs and choose from toolboxes if needed. Many schools use Zones of Regulation to support wellbeing. Adults will often wear lanyards with visual prompts to help children identify which zone they are in and will direct them to other resources around school if needed.