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:

Weather(1) National Bereaved Children's Awareness Week(1) AIM(2) Youtube Series(1) Infection Control(1) Growing up Outdoors(1) Plastic(1) science week(2) NAEYC(1) National Holiday(1) Party(1) Italy(1) imotion(1) Snacks(1) dining(1) Sleep(1) Socioemotional development(1) Vivian Gussin Paley(1) Xbox(1) Maths(5) Recycling(2) Qualifications(1) Plants(1) Buddies(1) code of ethics(1) University(1) Playschool(1) continual professional development(1) educating(1) Liz Kerrins(1) Book Review(1) Map(1) Kilkenny(1) risk(2) Arithmetic(1) Music(3) Workplace Relations(3) Identity(5) TOY Programme(1) PIP(1) Line-ups(1) School Age Childcare(1) Trade Unions(1) Environment(2) Providing Leadership to the First 5(1) Well-Being(9) Masterclass(2) Cork Institute of Technology(1) Decision Making(1) Síolta(111) Prexit(1) listen(1) General Data Protection Regulation(1) books(4) Light table(1) Dr Mary O'Kane(1) IGL(1) Covid19 crisis(1) mushrooms(1) Dance(1) Christmas Creativity(2) phone apps(1) MECPI(1) First 5(1) meals(3) pablo(1) Quality(4) transitions(10) Belonging(3) Craft(1) Yoga(1) children development(1) Early Years(1) Pre-School Services(1) Aldo Fortunati(4) Through the looking glass(1) CPD(1) Leargas(1) Confident(1) value(1) early childhood educator(2) National Pyjama Day(1) Funding(1) Smiles(1) Staff Motivation(1) Autism(4) Inclusion(3) Aistear(118) Limerick(1) Fantasy play(1) Minister for Children and Youth Affairs(1) trust(4) documentation(4) ECEC Setting(2) National Awards 2018(2) supportive environments(2) Gratitude(1) Digital(1) Brain(1) learning(19) RIE philosphy(1) staying connected(1) Trigonometry(1) Celebrations(4) Rising to the Challenge(2) National Council for Curriculum and Assessment(1) Anxiety(2) Research Seminar(1) Margy Whalley(1) Favouritism(1) memories(1) Facebook(1) Workplace well-being(1) NCCA(3) Book Club(2) Change(1) Supernanny(1) Exploring(1) stories(3) Sequins(1) role playing(1) Performance Management(1) COVID-19(4) Creative(1) Investment(2) relationships(17) Death(2) Sweets(1) Leadership(1) Educator - Leader in Practice Award(1) Childhood(1) Síolta Quality Assurance programme(1) Engineering Ireland(1) Celebrate(1) Children(4) Care-giving routines(1) European Project(1) Educator of the Year Award(3) Maynooth(1) Inspections(1) Inspired Practice Awards(1) education(2) Rituals(1) ReCreate(2) planning(1) Policy(2) UN(1) Universal Design(2) early years learning(1) AsIAm(2) preschool(4) Blocks(1) Ariana Pucci(1) Mixed age groups(2) refugees(1) Mark Twain(1) Reggio Children Network(1) social media(1) friendships(1) Wesco(1) Engineers Week(2) Irish Early Years Research & Practice Seminar 2018(1) Imagination(3) man up(1) aistear blog(3) First 5 strategy(1) risky play(2) Meal time(1) outdoor space(3) Access and Inclusion Model(2) Independence(1) Empathy(1) Family wall(1) Thank you(1) play stories(2) Learning Stories Award(3) community(5) Names(1) Whole Group(1) curriculum(5) Glitter(2) Inter-generational(2) Recycle(1) budget(1) Communicating(1) Giraffe(2) Early Learning and Care Centres(1) Laughter(1) Appreciation(1) First 5 transitions for children award(1) Childcare Barometer 2018(1) SPICE Framework(1) National Early Childhood Research Conference(1) Social Skills(1) Valerie Gaynor(1) Confidence(1) Maternity Leave(1) Santa(2) Malaguzzi(1) Intention(1) Snack Time(1) DCYA(4) show and tell(1) Equality & Inclusion Guidelines Training(1) gender bias(1) Interests(1) Builders(1) emotional environment(2) dining experiences(1) Budget 2020(1) Japan(1) keezy(1) Trick or treat(1) Seas Suas(1) toddlers(3) Mount Everest(1) Upcycling(1) Syria(1) Thinking(1) play therapy(1) Time Out(1) Obesity(1) dublin(2) Games(1) Reggio(1) Thanks(1) Maynooth University(2) Painting(1) Awards(2) Aistear Siolta in Action(1) Partnership with Families Innovation Award(2) Irish Childhood Bereavement Network(1) Primary School(2) environments(1) feisty(1) Oireachtas(1) Treasure Chest(1) childcare services(1) Administrative Burden(1) Dr. Emer Ring(1) healthy eating policies(1) National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education(1) Decisions(1) Visual Impairment(1) Traditions(2) Children's Rights(3) interacting(2) Children and families(1) research submissions(1) New Appointments(1) Learning journals(1) Together Old and Young Programme(1) LINC Award for Leadership in Inclusion(2) Children's Research Network(1) CIT(1) Participation(2) UD(1) Feeding(1) Twitter(1) Horizon 2020(1) Queues(1) Visitors(1) Orla Kenny(1) Nonverbal(1) communication(4) Emergent Curriculum(1) Engagement(1) Exploring and Thinking(1) Patterns(1) Wrapping paper(1) Positivity(1) Cognitive development(1) scéalta(32) Breathing(2) apps for children(1) conversations(1) Titles(1) Covid pandemic(1) Eritrea(1) Communications(1) learning bias(1) Mo Scéal(1) Pobal sector profile(1) Interaction(1) College(1) Jillian van Turnhout(1) INTO(1) Super Shed Stories(2) grandchild(1) outdoor play(6) youdoodle(1) Shapes(1) Maria Montessori(1) The Lullaby Book(1) Human Resources(1) Interactions(2) Research and Professional Learning(1) early life(1) Nutrition(1) Child mental health(1) eating(1) EECERA 2016(1) Exclusion(1) Early Childhood Ireland(1) Summer(1) ECCE(7) Wilenski(1) emotions(2) Annual Conference 2019(1) Motor neuron disease(1) outdoors(3) DES Inspection(1) Learning Story(1) family time(1) Meet the Members(1) art of the relationship(1) Rich Documentation(1) Department of Education and Skills(1) Stress(2) Gardening(1) Fee Play(1) Settling in(4) Event Guide(1) Montessori & Early Childhood Professionals Ireland(1) Love(2) Document Learning(1) Awards 2018(3) National Awards 2019(1) Maths Week(1) Buddy Bench(1) bonds(1) Vertical grouping(1) collaboration(1) GoToMeeting app(1) Our Little Seed(1) Kids Own(1) Adoption(1) social science(1) Academics(1) Laugh(1) Routines(2) Teamwork(1) Exercise(1) Scéalta Blog(98) RTE Investigates(1) Tuscan Approach(2) Awards 2019(1) Training(2) Ceremony(1) gender stereotype(1) Infectious diseases(1) early years research(2) Story(1) Mud kitchens(1) Scéalta Book Review(1) Touch(1) STEM(3) Magic(1) Impact(1) Trade union(1) Shoes(1) MA(1) Mantra(1) Síolta QAP(1) Mental Health(3) Employee(1) Early Learning and Care(1) Learning Journal(2) Degree(1) Playdough(1) Identity and Belonging(4) Sustainability(3) food(1) risk assessment(1) Certificate(1) CCTV(1) code of professional responsibility(1) Graduate(1) dogs(1) Early Childhood Ireland’s National Early Childhood Research Conference 2019(1) behavioural science(1) Storytelling(6) Home Corner(1) Health(2) Valentine's Day(3) UNCRC(2) TRAP(1) Educator Award - Leader in Practice(1) Penguins(1) iOS(1) Leprechauns(1) Early Childhood Ireland National Awards(2) Drawing(2) Nuturing interactions(1) Creativity(4) Inspired Practice Award(5) Afghanistan(1) child-centred approach(1) Challenges(1) overhear(1) Consent(1) Learning Stories(9) keep in touch(1) Mayo(1) maternity health(1) christmas(9) Flowers(1) Frosty the Snowman(1) Toby Bears Camping Trip(1) play(34) curiosity(3) Leaders in Practice(1) awards 2020(1) Department of Children and Youth Affairs(2) Wonder(1) Pen green(1) Affordability(1) Professionalisation(5) Care routines(1) Inspirational(2) ECEC(2) learners(1) bloom app(1) Policy and Implementation Panel(1) Spiders(1) Siolta blog(8) Engineering(3) Treasure(1) Albert Einstein(1) Winter(1) Early Years Educators(3) Jenga(1) Capable(1) Iraq(1) Reflective Practice(1) Reggio Emilia(1) Irish(1) Learning Story Awards(2) Little Buddies(1) Biting(1) annual conference(1) reading(5) Aistear Siolta Practice Guide(1) National Childcare Scheme(1) Family(1) research(6) Grief(1) Montessori(3) Educators(2) babies(7) Lego(2) EM Standing(1) Self-regulation(1) Community involvement(1) Competent(1) UN Sustainable Development Goals(1) preschool settings(1) Elders(1) Hand Hygiene(1) Digital Devices(1) Sculptures(1) educarer(1) Annual Conference 2017(2) Window(1) Research Conference 2019(1) Snakes(1) Arts(1) development(8) ears(1) Budget 2018(1) life long learning(1) experience(1) Self-Esteem(1) animals(2) Academic Skills(1) Children's Voice(1) story time(2) ICBN(1) Early Childhood Care and Education(2) routine(2) Performing(1) conference(1) movement behaviours(1) Graduation(1) linc(1) Mealtimes(1) Opportunities(1) Sociodramatic play(1) Body Language(1) Vietnam(1) worries(1) respect(5) Behaviour(3) Sessional service(1) Easter(1) structure(1) HR(1) Workforce(1) St. Patrick's Day(1) under 3's(3) Photographs(1) Traffic Lights(1) Design(1) Magda Gerber(1) Bereavement(2) Norway(2) Support(1) Deirdre Rogers(1) Magnavacchi(1) Exit interview(1) Mathematicians(1) Childcare(3) parents(6) blog(29) primary education(1) Scents(1) Arlene Forster(1) Fabric(1) Loss(1) Study Trip(1) baby room(1) Wendy Lee(3) Sport(1) Role play(1) Potential(1) Kerry(1) The Jelly King(1) GDPR(1) Growing up in Ireland(3) Special Needs Assistants(1) Pobal(1) Maths Week Ireland(1) Diversity(1) Child Care(1) journey(1) Culture(2) Halloween(2) Awards Night(1) San Miniato(4) Advocacy(1) Sustainable(1) ERASMUS+(3) United Nations(1) Budget 2019(2) Art(6) Mindfulness(2) E.coli(1) Building Resilience(1) pets(1) Technology(3) Self Help Skills(1) Reading Time(1) listening(1) science(3) Time(1) Relaxation(1) Inter-generational learning(2) purpose(1) Online(1) Running(1) Iceland(1) Frustrations(1) developing motor skills(1) Cork(1) Minister Katherine Zappone(1)


Site maintained and developed by Cloud Nine