Self-Care for Childcare Providers – Mindfulness Practices (NEW DATE)

Date: March 9, 2019

Start Time: 9:40

End Time: 12:00

Soul Space Yoga and Wellness
26-28 W. Main Street, 2nd floor

City: Plantsville

Note that this event has been postponed from Saturday, March 2nd due to the snow.

The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS) will host “Developing self-awareness through mindfulness practices,” a free workshop for childcare providers and teachers on Saturday, March 9th. It will be presented by Amy Inzero, a graduate of the CrossRoads 200 hour Teacher Training program and reading consultant in the Newington School System. Read her bio here.

Participants will:

  • Determine and learn mindfulness practices that are most suited to their individual personalities and lifestyles.
  • Learn about activities and resources they could use with students such as story time yoga.

Yoga is a mind-body practice that is a type of complementary and integrative health approach. Many of the popular techniques found to reduce stress and anxiety derive from yoga including controlled breathing, meditation, physical movement, mental imagery, and stretching. The attendees can bring these techniques home and back to the children in their classroom.

Register now.

Doors open at 9:40 am, workshop and movement from 10 am to noon.

Be prepared for some gentle movement, breathing, relaxation and discussion. No yoga experience is required or expected. Please wear clothes that you are comfortable moving in.

This will be held at Soul Space Yoga and Wellness, 26-28 W. Main Street, 2nd floor Plantsville, CT. Note this is on the second floor accessible only via stairs.
Childcare is not being offered for this workshop.
Certificates of attendance will be given to childcare providers. All attendees will be required to sign a release form.

This is the second workshop in the ECCS’s initiative to reduce stress in childcare providers. You did not need to attend the first workshop to sign up for this one. More information about this initiative and handouts from the first workshop are here.

This initiative is funded by the Main Street Community Foundation’s Women and Girls’ Fund.

Registration is required. Register now.

Why is Self-Care Important for Childcare Providers?
Childcare providers face the combined pressures of caring for children, dealing with co-workers and parents, and meeting regulatory compliance issues while receiving low wages and minimal employee benefits. Family childcare providers face the additional economic challenge of running a small business with fluctuating income in their own home. Many individuals in the child care field think that their hard work, time, and effort are under-valued in society. As a result, there are high level of stress on childcare staff and frequent turnover in the field.