This article explores the benefits of hygge in early years and provides practical tips for implementing a hygge environment both in early years settings and at home.
The Benefits of Hygge in Early Years
Hygge, a Danish concept, emphasises finding well-being and contentment in the simple pleasures of everyday life. Creating a hygge environment in an early years setting can foster feelings of cosiness, happiness, and familiarity, promoting a sense of security and well-being for children. By incorporating the core elements of hygge, practitioners can create a calm and nurturing atmosphere that encourages children’s engagement, self-confidence, and positive social interactions.
The Core Elements of a Hygge Environment
To create a hygge environment, practitioners can consider Meik Wiking‘s ten core elements:
- Atmosphere: Create a cosy and relaxing space.
- Presence: Focus on children’s current interests and engage in the present moment.
- Pleasure: Promote happiness and well-being through enjoyable experiences.
- Equality: Encourage respect and equality among children and adults.
- Togetherness: Spend quality time together as a community.
- Gratitude: Reflect on and express gratitude for the things we appreciate.
- Harmony: Emphasize collaborative and non-competitive play.
- Truce: Teach conflict resolution and sharing experiences.
- Comfort: Provide a relaxing and comfortable environment with soft furnishings.
- Shelter: Offer a space where children can relax and feel safe.
Implementing a Hygge Environment in Early Years Settings
Incorporating a hygge environment in early years settings can be achieved through several strategies:
- Create a calm, relaxing, and warm environment with soft lighting, calming scents, and cozy corners for reflection or reading.
- Design rooms with minimal clutter to promote a relaxed learning play space.
- Focus on children’s current interests, allowing them time to explore, talk, and investigate.
- Incorporate calming music to enhance the atmosphere.
- Utilize rugs, cushions, and lamps to create a homely and comforting atmosphere.
- Emphasize the process of learning rather than the end product.
Incorporating Hygge at Home
Hygge can also be incorporated at home to promote well-being and happiness:
- Enjoy your surroundings and connect with nature by going for walks or spending time outdoors.
- Use soft lighting and create cozy areas for relaxation and family time.
- Incorporate calming scents through the use of essential oil diffusers.
- Read together to reduce stress, bond, and enhance vocabulary and comprehension.
- Take time to reflect on the day/week and appreciate each other.
- Embrace the simple pleasures in life and surround yourself with warmth and happiness.
To conclude, creating a hygge environment in early years settings promotes well-being, togetherness, and a sense of security for children. By implementing the core elements of hygge.
Written by Christina Law, Deputy Nursery Manager at Sandhills Day Nursery Wolverhampton