Afternoon keynote speaker Holly Hatton-Bowers will present Caring for the Caregiver: Promoting Wellbeing with Mindfulness. The wellbeing of early childhood educators is increasingly recognized as being importantly connected to high quality education and care. Practicing mindfulness provides one way of promoting wellbeing. Mindfulness offers strategies for maintaining health, personal well-being, developing healthy self-regulation, and providing more responsive care to children. The session objective:
- Learn the definition of mindfulness
- Understand how practices in mindfulness support wellbeing and stress management
- Describe how mindfulness for ECE professionals relates to more responsive caregiving and teaching.
Breakout session topics will include: Temperament Traits, The Outdoor Classroom, Never Shake a Baby-Preventing Abusive Head Trauma, Playing Yoga with Young Children, Nutrition, How to encourage children to join in, Expert Panel to discuss the difference/connection between Sixpence, Rooted in Relationships, Step Up to Quality, Healthy Families America, etc.