Scéalta – The Early Childhood Ireland Blog

< Back to Blog

Early Years Educators ‘Your Well-being Matters’ too!


Tuesday 13 June 2017

As summer approaches, consider the advice they give on the plane before take-off…’In an emergency, put your own life-jacket and mask on first before you attend to your children’. In our day to day work we are usually told to start with the child and be child-centred but when it comes to our health and well-being, we actually need to look to ourselves first. Children’s health and well-being is strongly related to the well-being of those around them, their parents, families, local communities and also those who work closely with them each day in early childhood settings. Your well-being matters to young children.

We need to ensure that we are positive role models when it comes to healthy behaviours and having positive outlooks on learning and life (one of the key aims within the Aistear theme of Well-being). We need to encourage healthy approaches to eating and nutrition, dental health, promote physical activity which goes beyond playing sports or ‘having a run around’ but encourages movement, dance, yoga, exercises, obstacle courses, traditional games such as hopscotch, skipping or ‘stuck in the mud’. Encouraging girls is particularly important as the stats tell us that even by age five, girls are much more likely to be overweight or obese compared to boys and this trend continues as they get older.

But being healthy is more than how we exercise or what we feed our bodies, it’s about how we exercise and feed our minds too. The evidence tells us that the relationships we have and how happy we feel have a direct impact on our health and well-being. We need to make sure to be kind to ourselves, kind to each other and kind to children. However, the evidence also tells us that too much stress can have a negative effect on our bodies and our minds. We know that financial stress in families for example, can have a direct impact on parent’s and young children’s well-being. If you are working everyday with very young children and are under similar stress to make ends meet, this may also have an impact on young children’s well-being over time.

Aistear tells us that ‘in partnership with adults, children should be strong, psychologically and socially’. To build strength in young children, we need to feel strong ourselves. To be strong, how we feel is important, we need to feel respected, to feel that we matter, have a voice and have positive relationships with those around us.

How you feel is important, your well-being matters, it matters to you and it matters to the children you work with, their parents and to the well-being of our society now and into the future.  

How as Early Years Educators are you looking after your health and well-being?


Dr. Jennifer Pope, Lecturer in Child Health & Well-being, Mary Immaculate College.

0 comments Comments

Leave a Reply

Please Log In to comment:

Online(1) Well-Being(6) Reggio Children Network(1) Dance(1) Maternity Leave(1) Awards 2018(3) Maria Montessori(1) documentation(2) Sport(1) Toby Bears Camping Trip(1) dogs(1) Magnavacchi(1) listen(1) Pobal(1) Early Childhood Ireland’s National Early Childhood Research Conference 2019(1) Wilenski(1) play stories(1) Mark Twain(1) science week(2) Love(2) Party(1) Magic(1) Inspired Practice Award(5) Leargas(1) Plants(1) Vivian Gussin Paley(1) Obesity(1) pets(1) Scents(1) Book Club(2) Story(1) Adoption(1) Competent(1) Investment(1) social media(1) educarer(1) Playdough(1) Frosty the Snowman(1) Relaxation(1) UN(1) Community involvement(1) Spiders(1) NAEYC(1) Arlene Forster(1) research(5) Emergent Curriculum(1) Care routines(1) Exercise(1) blog(28) risk assessment(1) education(2) Through the looking glass(1) Brain(1) Gratitude(1) Ceremony(1) Oireachtas(1) emotions(2) Nutrition(1) The Jelly King(1) Music(2) EM Standing(1) Behaviour(3) The Lullaby Book(1) UNCRC(1) ears(1) Thinking(1) Titles(1) San Minia(1) ReCreate(2) Treasure(1) Maths Week Ireland(1) DCYA(3) Mixed age groups(2) UN Sustainable Development Goals(1) Death(1) Budget 2019(2) Dr Mary O'Kane(1) Mount Everest(1) Traditions(2) Degree(1) routine(2) Arts(1) STEM(2) Administrative Burden(1) Mayo(1) Prexit(1) General Data Protection Regulation(1) Santa(2) Syria(1) CIT(1) Consent(1) Affordability(1) Learning Stories Award(3) Biting(1) Decision Making(1) Funding(1) Inter-generational learning(1) College(1) Jenga(1) Reggio(1) Mathematicians(1) Mindfulness(2) refugees(1) interacting(2) CPD(1) Identity(4) conversations(1) Valerie Gaynor(1) feisty(1) Art(6) community(4) Empathy(1) Weather(1) Care-giving routines(1) Independence(1) Role play(1) Academics(1) dining experiences(1) Qualifications(1) ICBN(1) Early Learning and Care Centres(1) christmas(8) ECEC(1) National Holiday(1) Recycle(1) Our Little Seed(1) Irish Early Years Research & Practice Seminar 2018(1) Favouritism(1) curiosity(3) Games(1) Self-regulation(1) Mud kitchens(1) overhear(1) Sweets(1) Irish(1) Growing up Outdoors(1) Interests(1) Belonging(3) Exit interview(1) Craft(1) Sequins(1) Vertical grouping(1) Gardening(1) Map(1) Halloween(2) early childhood educator(1) Pobal sector profile(1) Sociodramatic play(1) friendships(1) worries(1) INTO(1) Kilkenny(1) risky play(2) GDPR(1) Early Learning and Care(1) Childhood(1) United Nations(1) Easter(1) Trade union(1) Siolta blog(1) Culture(2) scéalta(24) Celebrations(4) Sculptures(1) PIP(1) Home Corner(1) Trigonometry(1) Magda Gerber(1) Educator Award - Leader in Practice(1) Upcycling(1) Confident(1) Teamwork(1) Capable(1) Self Help Skills(1) Margy Whalley(1) Educator of the Year Award(3) Early Years Educators(1) Síolta Quality Assurance programme(1) Engineering Ireland(1) Playschool(1) Síolta QAP(1) development(6) Communications(1) supportive environments(1) Dr. Emer Ring(1) Queues(1) Reggio Emilia(1) Little Buddies(1) TOY Programme(1) Impact(1) Patterns(1) Eritrea(1) Exclusion(1) Plastic(1) Training(2) Fantasy play(1) Arithmetic(1) Mealtimes(1) Irish Childhood Bereavement Network(1) Yoga(1) Winter(1) Quality(3) Limerick(1) Wrapping paper(1) Kids Own(1) Engineering(2) First 5 strategy(1) Aistear Siolta Practice Guide(1) Maths Week(1) Bereavement(1) Annual Conference 2017(2) emotional environment(1) mushrooms(1) grandchild(1) relationships(11) MA(1) respect(4) Twitter(1) Stress(2) communication(4) IGL(1) play(28) Treasure Chest(1) memories(1) RIE philosphy(1) Self-Esteem(1) Xbox(1) Facebook(1) Performing(1) Line-ups(1) Maynooth(1) Imagination(3) Nuturing interactions(1) Positivity(1) Technology(2) Buddies(1) Advocacy(1) Minister Katherine Zappone(1) Awards(2) role playing(1) Rituals(1) Builders(1) Appreciation(1) Shoes(1) outdoors(3) books(4) under 3's(3) Montessori & Early Childhood Professionals Ireland(1) Thanks(1) Aistear(97) Identity and Belonging(3) Leprechauns(1) Wendy Lee(2) Minister for Children and Youth Affairs(1) Inclusion(1) Trick or treat(1) AsIAm(1) Exploring(1) Autism(2) Annual Conference 2019(1) Early Years(1) Exploring and Thinking(1) risk(2) Learning Stories(7) Breathing(2) Supernanny(1) Running(1) Norway(2) Children's Rights(1) Anxiety(2) Scéalta Blog(73) Valentine's Day(3) Special Needs Assistants(1) Socioemotional development(1) Engineers Week(2) Snakes(1) Thank you(1) Primary School(2) Malaguzzi(1) Maynooth University(1) Loss(1) journey(1) meals(3) National Pyjama Day(1) Motor neuron disease(1) budget(1) Fabric(1) Event Guide(1) bonds(1) Creative(1) Traffic Lights(1) Workplace Relations(2) Workforce(1) experience(1) outdoor play(6) Interactions(1) Meal time(1) Iraq(1) Routines(1) AIM(1) Mantra(1) reading(4) Inter-generational(1) Masterclass(2) NCCA(2) maternity health(1) Albert Einstein(1) EECERA 2016(1) trust(2) Family wall(1) Decisions(1) dublin(2) Time(1) Blocks(1) linc(1) ERASMUS+(3) Orla Kenny(1) SPICE Framework(1) Settling in(1) Tuscan Approach(2) Laughter(1) educating(1) planning(1) baby room(1) Employee(1) Health(1) learning(14) Workplace well-being(1) Storytelling(2) Síolta(92) science(3) Children(1) Pen green(1) Partnership with Families Innovation Award(1) Children's Research Network(1) toddlers(3) Sustainable(1) Lego(2) ECCE(6) Policy and Implementation Panel(1) Snack Time(1) babies(5) Growing up in Ireland(3) Research Conference 2019(1) Penguins(1) National Council for Curriculum and Assessment(1) Flowers(1) preschool(2) Policy(2) stories(2) Wesco(1) food(1) Laugh(1) Time Out(1) Grief(1) Child mental health(1) First 5(1) Seas Suas(1) Challenges(1) Potential(1) Photographs(1) Meet the Members(1) Feeding(1) Maths(4) Christmas Creativity(2) Rising to the Challenge(2) Graduation(1) Afghanistan(1) transitions(9) Buddy Bench(1) Educators(1) National Bereaved Children's Awareness Week(1) Shapes(1) Painting(1) Kerry(1) Snacks(1) Learning Story Awards(1) Cork(1) Italy(1) Creativity(4) eating(1) Awards 2019(1) Trade Unions(1) Graduate(1) Family(1) Montessori(2) National Awards 2018(2) Drawing(2) Access and Inclusion Model(1) Inspirational(2) Learning Story(1) Aldo Fortunati(4) Childcare Barometer 2018(1) Visitors(1) Deirdre Rogers(1) Research Seminar(1) Window(1) National Awards 2019(1) Touch(1) Mo Scéal(1) Smiles(1) Early Childhood Care and Education(1) Communicating(1) Performance Management(1) Jillian van Turnhout(1) Names(1) Mental Health(3) Change(1) Department of Children and Youth Affairs(1) Glitter(2) Budget 2018(1) Sustainability(3) San Miniato(3) early years research(1) curriculum(5) story time(1) Professionalisation(4) Childcare(2) Learning journals(1) animals(2) outdoor space(3) Certificate(1) Recycling(2) dining(1) Early Childhood Ireland National Awards(1) MECPI(1) University(1) Cognitive development(1) Cork Institute of Technology(1) St. Patrick's Day(1) Vietnam(1) Light table(1) Celebrate(1) LINC Award for Leadership in Inclusion(1) listening(1) Together Old and Young Programme(1) Wonder(1) parents(5) Frustrations(1) Environment(1) Educator - Leader in Practice Award(1) environments(1) Ariana Pucci(1) Giraffe(2) National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education(1)


Site maintained and developed by Cloud Nine