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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Magazine Issue 52
8 What does the term 'wellbeing' mean exactly, for both us as early years educators, and for the children in our care? After some thinking I came to the conclusion that my definition of the term is 'feeling happy and being healthy'. So, as an integrated centre, how do we at il nido (il nido meaning 'the nest' in Italian), nurture a sense of wellbeing, how do we ensure our children, our families and staff feel happy and are healthy? Imagine how it must feel, as a young child entering the doors of a 100 place children's centre for the first time. What a maze of adults and children, new faces, different spaces, new pace, in fact for many, a whole new world. This is where the importance of our work comes in as educators. We ensure that our environment is welcoming and feels like a second home for all of the children who come here. Our goal is to create a 'nest' for them, to be their extended family, to meet their needs (both physical and emotional), to soothe, to comfort, to share enjoyment and learning and to celebrate the journey they take, in every moment of every day. The more I think about it, the more I can visualize exactly what it looks like at il nido as I see it every day, and it is a mixture of security and exploration. For children from as young as only a few months, right through to the children who are almost starting school, the pace is unrushed and unscheduled, time is set by children exploring at their own pace, when they feel ready. At the same time, stability is provided by having one familiar person and by maintaining consistency with the home setting through items and photos from home, and through the use of similar routines. Links are formed with families as they engage in our program, and attend events such as family tea nights and our end of year party. The children exhibit a sense of confidence and happiness as they proceed on their sensory journey. Children at il nido belong, they are important, worthy and valued. We can hope that this feeling of wellbeing will stay with them for life. What is "Wellbeing" all about? THE VOICE OF THE EDUCATOR: Author: Hayley Jarvis Team Leader il nido Children's Centre, S.A.
Reflections Magazine Issue 51
Reflections Magazine Issue 53 Summer 2013