Wellbeing refers to feelings and emotions as well as a child’s development overall. It is crucial to secure ‘mental health’.  What are EYFS practitioners focusing on for current and new children in the setting?

Continuously building relationships – high emphasis on ‘key person’ system

Children achieve and learn best when they are loved, accepted, and understood. They key person system is used to focus on attachment in children and help them settle into a new setting and build strong emotional bonds. Children then tend to form strong relationships helping them be healthy and happy learnings.

Role modelling

Children learn from what they hear and observe around them. It is crucial parents and practitioners are conscious of behaviour performed and modelled to the children in your presence.

Enabling environments

Enabling environments means to create calm, comfortable environment where children learn best. Enabling environments is thoroughly focused on through the early year’s foundation stage statutory framework. Environments need to be audited regular to ensure there is ways in the environment that wellbeing is promoted. This could be in the early year’s settings and at home.

Self-regulation

Resilience and perseverance are a key pillar of having the ability to regulate our emotions as adults. Children sometimes may find it harder to self-regulate due to different circumstances. Therefore, as adults we must help children to focus on desirable behaviour and remind them in different ways how they can best self-regulate for example talking and expression emotions.

Emotions

Emotions ARE allowed. Let children know it is okay to have emotions! It is important we acknowledge and validate what they are going through and why. This allows us to show empathy and helps them to reinforce their feelings which leads back to them self-regulating.

Positivity

Be positive! The words adults use around children have a big impact on children and understanding their fears better. Use open ended questions and keep positive when speaking to children. If you understand it helps to move on and be happy.

Below are a few useful websites to help support children’s wellbeing at home.