Learning to manage our emotions
Now, as a nursery practitioner, we don't need to tell you that young children can have VERY intense feelings. These can sometimes lead to outbursts of anger or frustration, or perhaps being withdrawn.
Helping your nursery children to break the cycle of emotion and learn techniques to calm themselves
, is an essential life skill and mindfulness can help with this too.
Create a Travelling Trunk
Could your nursery have a mindfulness area with travelling trunks like Circus Day Nursery and Pre School? One of the parents at the nursery filled a trunk with items that had different textures and calming water-filled bottles containing glitter. The children can use these to bring awareness, focus to understanding their emotions.
Beach Babies Nursery near Cambridge
use simple mindfulness techniques to help the children with transitions.
Palm or starfish breathing are both simple techniques the children at Beach Babies Nursery learn, which help them focus on that moment, calm their breathing and relax. They can use this technique whether they're just come in from running around outside and settling down before eating, or after wake-up shake-up sessions in the morning.
Create a dedicated time each day
Pear Tree Nursery in Haddington
near Edinburgh, has seen definite benefits after they recently introduced a mindfulness and relaxation time combined with yoga every day after lunch.
Manager Heather Goode said: “We have been doing this for six weeks so far and the difference in the children is clear.
After the relaxation time they start learning and playing for the afternoon and are focused and engaged. It has definitely benefitted us and we are keen to see how it continues to grow over the coming months.”