Throughout Early Years Wellbeing Week we have focused on the importance of self-care and wellbeing for early years practitioners, “In order to take care of others we need to take care of ourselves first“. To be in a position to nurture and care for children and enable them to become resilient and well-rounded young people, we must agree that we need a resilient workforce that are physically and mentally well.
This can also be applied to parents, who are themselves often leading busy lives, juggling work, a busy family home life. Occasionally we work with and support families who require additional methods of support from us depending on their circumstances. Most of us would agree we form close bonds and professional working relationships with the families we work with and get to know them really well. It’s also not unusual for them to ask for us advice and support and we do out very best to support families throughout difficult situations such as bereavement, separation, divorce, and illness.
Most recently I have been working with settings whose practitioners are working with families and parents who themselves, experience mental ill health and staff feel ill equipped in how to approach, support or signpost for help.
By raising awareness, training and education on Mental Health at work, we don’t just improve our own Wellbeing, we also put ourselves in the very best position to support families as well and further provide, positive ways that continue to engage, support and assist parents that improve Wellbeing and mental health for all, staff, parents and children.
Throughout Early Years Wellbeing Week settings from all over the country have shared the activities and ideas they have planned, here are a few photos that have been shared that focused on parent Wellbeing too.
Next time we focus on how to engage and work in partnership with parents and families maybe we can focus on their wellbeing too.