The Flourish model was developed by Wendy Ellyatt as a way of showing just how important the quality of experiences that we have in our earliest years are to our later health and wellbeing. It shows that there are seven core aspects to how children develop, that reflect the dynamics of natural systems and that need to be fully acknowledged and incorporated for us to be supported in becoming the ‘best version of our selves’.
It emphasises the crucial importance of early human development and shows the likely consequences at each level when children are exposed to unnatural and limiting, rather than natural and nurturing, early environments. As an ecological model it also shows that the health and wellbeing of parents, families and communities is essential to the healthy development and wellbeing of children. The current aim is for the Model to be BETA trialled through the new Flourish Project with the movement a strategic partner.