4th November 2022 Early Years Foundation Stage All Posts

M is for Mental Health – The ABC of Early Years Education

Living through a pandemic has taken its toll on everyone – children, parents, and practitioners alike. As such, there’s never been a more important time to address any underlying impacts on mental health, especially for little ones who have their whole lives ahead of them. 

Increased separation anxiety, speech and language delays, or difficulty in socialising could all be due, in part, to the unique circumstances — such as an increase in parental stress and a lack of social contact — that characterised the start of many children’s lives. 

Naturally, it’s often the case that those experiencing mental health struggles are offered support first, but it’s important that we also take a preventative approach — providing positive strategies for every child so that they can grow up happy, healthy, and with strong character, self-esteem, and mental resilience. 

While we can’t turn back the clock, by being proactive we can help to mitigate some of the negative consequences of the pandemic and prevent additional concerns emerging over the years to come. 


Ultimately, prevention must sit alongside the cure if we’re to turn the tide of mental health.

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Laura Earnshaw is the Founder and MD of MyHappyMind.