Linda’s Blog

Linda Baston-Pitt, PurpleBee CEO, shares her thoughts, insights and advice

We’re celebrating Mental Health week at PurpleBee.

“Mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution his or her community” (World Health Organisation 2014)

Here are our 5 top tips to help encourage health and wellbeing in your Early Years setting:

1.Identify a ‘Champion for Change’ in your Early Years setting to lead and implement practical ways to improve staff health and wellbeing in Early Years.  Find out more on becoming a PANCo (a Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator) for your Early Years organisation

2.Allocate  sufficient budget and resources to support staff health and wellbeing in Early Years.

3.Ensure staff health and wellbeing is a regular standing item at staff meetings and in staff supervisions.

4.Tap into local and national initiatives which promote staff health and wellbeing e.g. Action for happiness

5.Ensure staff are fully informed and have access to support for their emotional wellbeing i.e. coaching and mentoring, counselling and professional development. Book on to one of our online ILM level 3 Mentoring courses. 

Looking after the mental health of Early Years Professionals is vital to improving the health and wellbeing for children in Early Years.

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About the Author:

Linda has been a passionate advocate for health and wellbeing in Early Years throughout her career. Known for her cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach, Linda is a well-known speaker at national and international conferences. Linda is CEO of PurpleBee, and co-founder of the PANCo qualification.