This is Tommy and in this photo he’s explaining how he got the graze on his elbow at nursery.
How do you react when you child falls over?
When we show people around our nursery and they see a child fall, they often take a sharp intake of breath and look to us for our reaction.
In this situation we wait to see how the child reacts to the fall. We walk over to offer a hand whilst at the same time narrating the situation like this, “Tommy you fell down, maybe you tripped on the stones, have you hurt yourself or is it a little shock, can I help you up or can you get up?” A lot of people have told me Tommy is a tough nut. I don’t think he is, he’s just used to accepting the emotions that you have when you fall over. The other day he stacked it running down a steep path and four adults exclaimed “ouch” “oh poor you!” Or “up you get, brush it off” and they all marvelled how he got up took a deep breath and ran off.
Tommy isn’t a tough nut and he, like anyone, needs TLC but he is good at accepting his emotions, in this case anger, frustration and pain. He deals with them and moves on. Emotional intelligence is one of the best things you can support your child with in preparation for school IMO.
@freerangersnursery we value emotion coaching so highly another nine of our team are undergoing training next month to deepen their awareness and understanding when dealing with emotions belonging to little children.
Try not to give emotions the big brush off, much better to identify them and give them a name.
#schoolready #emotioncoaching #earlyyears #eytalking