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Hygge Case Study "Our planning across the school was based on pre-planned ‘topics’ which were the same every year"

Jul 12, 2022

"We are a local authority school with 215 children on roll. We are in the process of transitioning from an Infant to a Primary and Nursery School and currently have Nursery (3-4 year olds) to Year 4. There is a high social deprivation rate and a high proportion of our children are eligible for Pupil Premium funding.

 

Before

We were first drawn to the concept of ‘Hygge’ and how the course could benefit us during the first COVID lockdown in 2020. The school was open for a small number of pupils, vulnerable children and those with key worker parents. Our Early Years resources were old and tatty. Our classrooms cluttered and not respected or taken care of. Our children (and adults!) were in a mindset of a replaceable, throw away culture. Our planning across the school was based on pre-planned ’topics’ which were the same every year and followed themes such as ‘Superheroes’ or ‘Under the Sea’ – leaving no room for...

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Leaving Primary Teaching

Jun 29, 2022

Everyone says my Hygge journey but it really is a journey and mine started after similar circumstances to Kimberly. I was a primary school teacher working in the nursery department. I then left to become a childminder in my own home which enabled me to establish my own ethos and environment.

I had completed the Wonderlust course during the first Lockdown with my own children and wanted to build up my confidence again so that I could be the best for the children so I began the accreditation.

As a parent of a child with additional needs I wanted to be able to work with the children individually and follow their interests but also inspire them with new experiences so that they would learn at their own pace. For me the pandemic had some positives and one of these was that we often spent time outside appreciating the small things helping us to rebalance so that was where I started.

I am always evaluating, seeing what works and what doesn’t and so through the conferences and the...

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Maps

Jun 27, 2022

I love maps and have got quite a collection now at home! As a child my grandparents would also have their maps and travel guides out and I used to be fascinated in looking at them. I would love going on long car journeys and following our route on the AA road map (before the time of Sat navs) and they would always give me such a sense of excitement. These days I love using maps for planning road trips around new places or finding a new Wainwright to walk in the Lake District.

Maps are a great way of creating that sense of Wanderlust in young children and there are many ways we can support this in our homes and learning environment. Perhaps having a world map on the wall with places pinned off that have been visited by someone we know, when visiting a local park with children encourage them to use a map to discover where they would like to go, a collection of maps in a basket in a book corner along with some travel guides and postcards and lastly going on an adventure (no matter how...

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Getting Meaningful Literacy Outside!

Jun 22, 2022

I know that we don't do our job for Ofsted, but having themed outdoor adventure bags that provided meaningful literacy opportunities outside, contributed to our OUTSTANDING judgement!

It's not enough having some laminated letters or numbers on a fence, what we need outside is for Maths and Literacy to be so irresistible to the children that they don't realise they're learning. 

Thats why I created themed explorer rucksacks each with a different theme that allowed children to practice and use their skills in a wonderfully child led way. These explorer sacks may have been about going on a bug hunt and providing resources and equipment to support that interest: a map of the outdoor area, mini beast identification sheets, a sketch book, information book on bugs and a bug collector. 

Or how about a bird spotting back pack with bird identification cards, binoculars, books on birds and a tally chart to record sightings?

You can collect all your nature downloads here

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Make time for rest!

Jun 21, 2022

4 months of having Oliver and I just love our precious time together so much. He’s at a wonderful stage of starting to roll and showing so much curiosity in the world around him. I feel so incredibly happy but gosh in all honesty I don’t think I’ve ever felt so exhausted!

 

From the broken nights sleep with the 4 month sleep regression and two tiny troublesome teeth coming through (so soon!) it can be tough and there are days when my brain can feel a little foggy. I found myself putting the washing in the fridge yesterday!?

 

Lately I’ve been finding that I’ve been using every possible nap time as an opportunity to ‘get things done’. From packaging orders to running around the house with the duster. I’ve realised that I’ve forgotten the importance of rest for me.

 

It’s hard isn’t it when you want to be productive and are so used to feeling organised and efficient. Yet I know that for me to be the...

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No time to set up the environment each day?

Jun 20, 2022

You struggle to find the time to set up the environment each day and find that you lack consistency in the resources available to the children?

Using my Continuous Provision Audit tool you can invest time now in getting your every day environment set up just right! Using my tick list guide for each area to make sure you have all the essential resources to allow for child led learning. 

You will be able to use the exact tool that I used to create an Ofsted judged outstanding learning environment.

You can also be inspired with photos showing you how you might set up each area. For example your tinkering space would have the following resources:

  • Safety glasses
  • Toolbox
  • Trays with inserts
  • Screw drivers
  • Tape measure
  • Small pliers
  • Clipboards
  • Pencils
  • Items to deconstruct: Old and broken laptops, computers, sewing machines, video & CD players, phones, fans, clocks, microwaves, toasters and other kitchen appliances, heaters, fans, bikes, push & pull toys, battery operated toys...
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Struggling with your to do list?

Jun 10, 2022

Are you struggling with your to do list? You need a results list instead!

Each day I like to think of three tasks that I must get done to move me closer to my goals.
By doing this it means I’m more efficient with my time, doing the actions that are the needle movers and help me reclaim more time back to do the things that light me up.
So it’s a bit like my to do list- but I call it a results list so it trains my brain to believe i've done it! I also word it in a way that fools my brain into believing it too.
So instead of writing- I will create a vision board
I write

I have created a vision board

I have included space to create this list daily in my hygge journal available here

 

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Hygge Case Study: ‘Losing a loved one”

May 25, 2022

When I started my journey with Hygge in the Early Years we were in the middle of our first lock down and only had one keyworker child attending. It was the first in over 30 years as a nursery nurse that I was forced to not work to full capacity. I embraced the courses that were on offer through Hygge in the Early years and loved every minute taking the opportunity to enhance my childminding setting of over 20 years, having previously been a Nanny. For 8 years I had also been working with my husband, Ian who had trained as a Forest School leader. As I started the accreditation, he was put to very good use making changes to both our indoor and outdoor provision.He installed more nature in the playroom with a branch,artificial foliage and fairy lights, made a dinosaur park in the garden and revamped our mud kitchen.

I was left devastated when the 6th June 2020 Ian died at home of an enlarged heart. I didn’t stop working as I needed the routine of work to keep me going and I also...

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Hygge Case Study: “he real ethos of children’s learning was not strongly embedded enough to make a difference”

May 25, 2022

Where love lives by Stacy Peach

 

I have worked in a range of childcare settings since 2006, and have a vast range of experience, knowledge and qualifications but I always felt restricted by the red tape of the settings I was working in, they were target driven often with a checklist mentality where the real ethos of children’s learning was not strongly embedded enough to make a difference. The staff were often working long hours with very little resources which lead to ‘treading water’ and just making it through each day.

 

I feel strongly about children’s learning and I genuinely love what I do, I love whole heartiest making a difference to children and their families, I love seeing children risk assess, problem solve and really grow through their own unrestricted interested and I started the hygge accreditation to aline what I love and aspire to offer. With this in mind I have stepped away from the setting I was working in and I am currently...

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Hygge Case Study: ‘We did go outside to play but only because I ‘felt’ we should!’

May 25, 2022

I am a childminder in Gloucestershire and have been childmiding for nearly 19 years.


I used to enjoyed my work but it was starting to take it’s toll on me and my mental health.
So, I took a break in 2019 and started a baby massage business and an holistic therapy business. This made me take a step back and look at my own wellbeing. Unfortunately, this didn’t last long and I returned to childminding in 2020 where I took the knowledge of my holistic training and started my Hygge in the Early Years Accreditation.
Before I started the Accreditation my setting consisted of bright colours but still a dark room. It had lots of plastic ‘noisy’ toys and numerous posters around the roomPlastic labels were on boxes making it look cluttered and scruffy. We did go outside to play but only because I ‘felt’ we should!

Since working my way through the Accreditation (and my previous knowledge of holistic health) I look at my ‘work’ in a different way.

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