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In the Early Years at SPSC we hold the wellbeing of our boys in the highest regard, and part of our commitment to their holistic development involves nurturing their emotional intelligence and self-awareness.

Mindfulness is more than a buzzword; it’s a vital skill that fosters self-awareness, emotional regulation, and overall wellbeing, even at a young age. We incorporate mindfulness practices into our daily routine to provide our boys with the tools they need to navigate their emotions and experiences effectively.

One of the cornerstones of our approach to mindfulness is the practice of quiet moments of solitude. We believe that taking time out of our busy day to pause, breathe, and reflect is essential for both children and adults. These quiet moments not only promote relaxation but also encourage self-reflection and introspection, skills that are invaluable for personal growth and development.

In our mindfulness sessions, we have been placing a special emphasis on helping our boys recognise and understand their feelings and emotions. We encourage open dialogue discussions about emotions as we believe that every emotion has a place and deserves to be acknowledged and understood, by creating a safe and supportive space where children feel comfortable expressing their feelings, whether it’s joy, sadness, excitement, or frustration. Through activities such as storytelling, art, and group discussions, we aim to foster empathy, compassion, and resilience in our young learners.

Over recent weeks we have introduced various mindfulness breathwork techniques like Rainbow Breath and Feather Breath. These techniques guide the boys through gentle exercises to deepen their awareness of the present moment. Through the rhythmic rise and fall of their breaths, they learn to anchor themselves in the here and now, letting go of any worries and distractions.

As parents and caregivers, we understand that life can be hectic, and it’s easy to forget to prioritise our own wellbeing. However, we want to remind you of the importance of self-care, not just for yourself but also as a model for your children. By taking time to care for yourself, whether through mindfulness practices, exercise, or simply enjoying a quiet moment with a cup of tea, you’re teaching your children the value of self-love and self-compassion.

We encourage you to get involved in our mindfulness efforts at home by incorporating simple practices into your daily routine. Whether it’s taking a few deep breaths together before bed, practicing gratitude at the dinner table, or going for a mindful walk in nature, there are countless ways to cultivate mindfulness as a family. We’re grateful for your partnership in this journey and look forward to continuing to work together to nurture the whole child.

Pinkur Shroff
Teacher – Early Years