Monthly Mindfulness Matters

Mindfulness matters to all of us at KTB Kids. In fact, it is so important, our staff don’t operate without it!

We launched our in house Mindfulness programme back in 2018 which all our nursery practitioners are encouraged to take part in. The drop-in sessions, which promote mindfulness and its health and wellbeing benefits, are held monthly.

At KTB Kids, we are driven by a passion to provide exceptional standards of nursery care. To be able to do this, we need exceptional staff, who feel good about themselves and the job they are doing. If they feel valued, they’ll want to stay with us and can do their jobs well.

It’s sometimes a tough day to work with children all day and that’s why we invest in our staff, to make sure they can be the best they can for the children and each other in a strong team.

All our nursery educators are either qualified or in training – but working with us is not just about training and qualifications. We want to look after each staff member ‘as a whole’ as well and their wellbeing is just as important to us.

We work hard to ensure all employees feel appreciated, supported and involved and we are committed to supporting their physical mental health and wellbeing, through strategies such as our Mindfulness programme.

The benefits of practising mindfulness are well documented and proactive employers are finally beginning to sit up and listen. There is now a wider understanding that ‘a healthy staff is a happy staff’ – plus a person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.

Thanks to our mindfulness programme, our nursery educators are equipped with a better understanding of themselves, their colleagues and the children. There is better morale, less sickness and fewer incidents of conflict – commonplace in any workplace.
They better understand their feelings and emotions and know how to be honest about them and how to share them with others.

But it’s not just about the staff, we’ve been careful to ensure our drop-in sessions will benefit the children too. By understanding and recognising our own feelings and emotions, we are better equipped to help the children.
Our children are learning to recognise and label how they are feeling on their level and are better equipped to problem-solve any incidents of conflict from or among them.
It’s the start of mental health awareness and good mental health.

Mindfulness – a definition

‘The awareness that arises when you can pay attention, on purpose, to things as they are in the present moment – without judging’.

So, why practice mindfulness?

Simply put…it is very difficult to change what we do, how we think, or how this then makes us feel, if we are not aware of how we think, act and feel.

However, after just a couple of months, practising mindfulness has been proven to significantly help with sustaining concentration and focus, resilience, better sleep, reducing stress and developing an attitude of self-care, to name just a few…

The very act of mindfulness practice brings about measurable changes in brain structure and activity.

Our drop-in guide

Part 1 covers all the basics of mindfulness, what it is, how it works and what it can do for you. It’s suitable whether you are new to KTB and/or mindfulness or dipped in and out of our original training course and think you would benefit from a re-boot.

Part 2 will look at one topic each month in greater depth. They will be decided upon via group discussion and announced in advance.

Sessions are 45 minutes and open to all our staff.