Bedford toddlers who have spent half their lives in lockdown get out in the fresh air again

Timetable of activities has the theme ‘healthy body, healthy mind, happy me'

Monday, 19th April 2021, 1:22 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 1:24 pm

Children at the Haven Nursery in Clapham Road have been getting out into the fresh air again.

The pre-schoolers have been practising their 'movements for mindfulness' while the baby ‘beannies', aged one to two years have also been showing off their stretching and shape making.

Haven founder Maria Riley said: “There is a timetable of activities for each group over the week and the theme is ‘healthy body, healthy mind, happy me’.

Some of the children at the Haven Nursery

“Activities include; exercising, enacting stories, heuristic play, painting to music, cooking and dancing, growing and learning about feelings.

“We have made ‘chill’ zones in each room which are covered dens with fairy lights, equipped with squeezy toys if children are feeling angry and cuddle toys if they are feeling anxious.

“There are books for just relaxing and affirmation pictures to develop resilience.

“A year on from March 2020 it’s a sobering thought that a two year old will have spent half their life in lockdown.

“We are equipping children with life skills, they are learning how to just have fun together, express themselves and support to their emotional wellbeing.”