Guest Blog: Optimum self-care and wellbeing in the Early Years

Is it time for Savasana yet?

How often do we focus on our teams ‘wellbeing’ during the week. Have we all now got the ‘wellbeing’ shelf . The thought of wellbeing has become placement in the lives of practitioners. A small selection of goodies or toiletries to temporarily lift the mood of others. But is this really helping wellbeing in the long-term. If we help our teams to focus more on their wellbeing and self-care then wellbeing areas become an enhancement to their lives not just a feature of the workplace.

There should never be a time ‘for’ savasana. It should be part of unconscious routine. The idea of savasana is to relax one body element at a time. Savasana is a type of yoga and relaxation that does not require ‘out’ time to be able to complete it. So instructors believe that savasana is the pose of stillness. The pose of the corpse. Where you lie as still as possible and maintain the pose of utter stillness as if you were dead. The art of Asana, yoga is a relaxation technique from northern India. If you begin to feel tense or stressed for any reason, focus on the area that has begun to feel tense. If you are struggling to take deep breath then focus on the action of breathing. Put the stress to one side and breathe in and out slowly. To begin with this art is very hard as focus is what people lack in times of stress. The more we maintain focus, breathe and move forward the more savasana will become part of your everyday life.

If we can begin to instil ideas such as these into our team’s lives then we can begin to eliminate the sources of stress in the workplace.
Self-care is the art of looking after yourself. Savasana is part of self-care. It’s the ability to be able to self-regulate feelings and be more balanced and relaxed. The more often we can promote self-care to our children in settings the more we encourage the future adults of our world to be able to understand not only their feelings and struggles. If young children are supported in learning about their bodies and minds in the correct way, they will strive to do more educationally as they will be more at ease with their own feelings and feel more confident to carry on and try new things.

This post was written by Lyndsey Slessor, a Nursery Manager at a 55 place private day nursery setting.

Self Care Sunday – Running

Ever Sunday I try to do something that boosts my own welbeing and recharges me for the week ahead, we all know it’s going to be busy so it’s worthwhile taking that time for yourself. I call this #selfcaresunday

I post about this on my instagram feed so that you can get some inspiration for your own version of #selfcaresunday. This week I took part in a running event called The Bloodaxe Challenge (not as brutal as it sounds!)

Running is well known to be a great source of emotional wellbeing and can help with depression and low mood as well as being brilliant for your physical health.

If you’re not sure where to start with running it’s worthwhile checking out the NHS Couch to 5k programme by clicking here

You can also download the app for your smartphone and this is available for Android and Apple.

Don’t forget Parkrun which is a free, timed 5k tun held in parks and public spaces around the UK/ Find yours by clicking here.

There are so many running groups to join across the UK, lots of which have beginners groups, here a a few useful links:

Run Together

Fit Mums and Friends

Lonely Goat

JogScotland

#bekind #tmpearlyyears #eyfs #wellbeing #bloodaxechallenge #running #physical #practitionersmatter #EYtwittertagteam

What is the “Third Educator”?

I’ve was reading an interesting article recently by Stephanie Bennett and Lyndsey Hellyn, the co-founders of The Curiosity ApproachTM, where the talked about how educational pioneer Loris Malaguzzi always spoke about the children’s learning environment in terms of the Third Education. In fact he’s quoted as saying “There are three teachers of children: adults, other children and their physical environment.”

As practitioners do we really spend a lot of our time looking at how our rooms look and constantly running around and sweeping up the mess to keep it looking nice? Isn’t that just a sign that the room isn’t working for the children?

In one of my previous settings I always knew it was time for a change round in the layout of the room when it became our main focus of the day to be clearing up after the children. This was when, as a Team we would sit and look at what worked and what didn’t. Children constantly need, fresh, new challenges and the environment is there to scaffold the children into achieving these challenges. So I urge you to spend a bit of time regularly looking at your learning environment and seeing how to freshen up the challenge for your children.

#BrewEDEYLeeds – are you going?

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I’m rather excited about this latest Twitter storm, the concept of #BrewED has been around for a while. It’s about those in the education sector connecting over a cuppa and really getting to grips with the issues facing education.

Well this has now happened in Early Years thanks to a few forward thinking people and they are very much alive and kicking on Twitter, CLICK HERE TO JUMP TO TWITTER

However those clever souls at #BrewEDEYLeeds have gone one step further and have organised a one day gathering/conference with some brilliant topics. It’s just under £12 to attend this conference and at a price like that I couldn’t refuse – I’m signed and up and excited to go (it’s my first conference of 3 this year!)

If you would like to book a place to go, and who wouldn’t, then just CLICK HERE but be warned that places are selling out fast!