With winter rapidly approach now is the perfect time to learn a little bit about Hygge.
Pronounced ‘Hue-gah’ its a Danish/ Norwegian word which has no single word translation in English.
The simplest translations are, ‘to hug’, ‘to console’, ‘to comfort’, ‘cosy’, ‘comfortable’, ‘warmth’.
Within Little Achievers Nurseries we incorporate aspects of Hygge into our rooms as they can promote well-being for our children. Having a calm, comforting environment for children, allows them to feel emotionally stable which leads to developing confidence. If a child is comfortable and secure in their environment then their learning and development will thrive.
After a tough year and a half, our mental health should be one of our main focuses and by bringing a little Hygge into your world it can have a positive impact on your mental health.
So where do we start??
We need to remember that Hygge means different things to different people.
For me, it means snuggling up on the sofa with a blanket, scented burners, soft lighting and a good feel good film. For others it may be a bubble bath and a book. Its different for everyone but i challenge you to find your perfect Hygge activity!
Welcome to September and to a new term at Little Achievers Nurseries!
We have welcomed back all our term time children this week at all our settings as well as welcomed some brand new children so to all of you……..Hello!
A lot of children will be coming back in to new rooms, with new friends and new practitioners working with them. One of our main focuses at this current time is settling in all our children to ensure they feel comfortable and safe within the environment.
Routine plays an important part of helping settle in.
Routines help children to feel stable and secure.
They are a huge part of nursery life allowing children to understand what is happening now and next in order to understand and anticipate changes that are going to happen.
It gives out expectations on how to behave depending on what is happening in the day.
As well as in nursery, routines can be a big help at home.
They benefit by helping parents feel more organised, less stressed and therefore able to enjoy the time they spend doing fun activities or tasks.
Top tips for establishing routines:
Plan – plan the times of the day and stick to it. A routine is defined as ‘a sequence of actions regularly followed’
Meal times and Sleep – don’t forget to add these in with plenty of time to complete
Flexible – yes the routine has to be stuck to but there can be flexibility, not everything goes to plan and that’s ok.
Fun – make it fun and exciting
Work together – work together with your child’s general routine and the nursery routine
Here is an article on top tips for establishing routine Establishing a Daily Routine
This week is Child Mental Health Week and now more than ever we need to be aware of our children’s mental health, and what good mental health looks like in our children, as well as how we can support it.
All our nurseries will be celebrating Child Mental Health Week with activities to allow children to express themselves. If children can express themselves in any way, this helps to promote good mental health.
Children need to find creative ways to express themselves and this can be done in so many ways, through dance, art, dress, music and just doing activities they love. By doing this they are able to feel good about themselves and who they are. So let your children express themselves and have good mental health.
It doesn’t have to cost alot, or any money.
Child Mental Health week website have lots of great ideas:
-Follow the link to explore some virtual sessions online – Children’s Mental Health Virtual Sessions
-A video activity to Draw your Feelings
-Have a go at some Yoga for children on Cosmic Kids Yoga
and dont forget to just get outside and play! Fresh air is amazing and just going for a walk,run or bike ride each day helps to promote both children’s and adults good mental health.
Keep an eye out on our Rosy Apple Childcare Facebook Page for more ideas and to see what we are up to at nursery!
By understanding your child and mental health, we can build their resilience which allows them to deal with changes in their life. Covid has been the biggest change to everyones lives so now is the time to act and support your child by listening, being their and being aware of their feelings.