Loving kindness meditation is a form of mindfulness that can be extremely beneficial for young children. It helps to promote positive emotions and wellbeing, two key areas of focus in the Early Years Learning Framework.
Loving kindness meditations may involve focusing on positive affirmations and/or wishing others well. This can help children to develop a sense of compassion and empathy, which are essential skills for navigating the world around them.
The Early Years Learning Framework
The Early Years Learning Framework emphasises the importance of providing opportunities for children to develop a sense of belonging, being and becoming. Loving kindness meditation is a perfect way to help children feel connected to others and promote a sense of wellbeing.
Below I have included a free loving kindness script for kids in childcare, that you can print out and use in your centre.
If you would like to learn more about how to incorporate loving kindness meditation into your Early Years program, please get in touch. We would be more than happy to chat with you about this wonderful practice.
A loving kindness script for kids in childcare
Let’s practice our loving kindness meditation so we can connect with our happy feelings.
Begin by gently closing your eyes and paying attention to your breathing. Inhale and exhale slowly and deeply. As you breathe in, feel the love and kindness that is inside of you. As you breathe out, let go and relax.
Now, think of someone who loves you. It could be a family member, friend, or even a pet. Imagine this person or animal is surrounded by a warm, glowing light.
Feel the love you have for them as you hold them in your heart. Take 3 slow breaths in and out and notice how good you feel inside. Maybe it’s making you smile.
Now let’s take a nice big breath in and as you breathe out imagine you are sending them all of your love and well-wishes.
And again, let’s connect to how we are feeling inside when we do this. Feel the peace and happiness you have in your heart right now growing even bigger.
Now, let’s think of everyone here in our group. Breathe in and feel the love and kindness in your heart … and as you breathe out, let’s put on our kind smiles and imagine sending our love to everyone here in the room.
And before we finish let’s give ourselves some of that loving kindness. Gently place your hands on your heart as you feel love for yourself … and let’s give ourselves a big hug to end our meditation.
When you’re ready, open your eyes.
Take a few breaths now and notice how good you feel inside. Feeling refreshed and connected to the people and animals you love and to everyone in our group.
Great job everyone!
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Our teacher training is available for anyone that is interested in teaching mindfulness to children. You will learn to teach all ages of children. The course also focuses on showing you the connections between mindfulness and the Early Years Learning Framework.
The course includes how to integrate mindfulness and the Early Years Learning Framework because it was originally created for childcare educators. However, due to the high quality of the course word of mouth began spreading and as primary and high school teachers began joining, along with therapist from a variety of disciplines the course was reaccredited, bonus content was added and the qualification was reassessed for teaching mindfulness to children of all ages.
While the Early Years Learning Framework asks teaches to embrace belonging, being and becoming as a central theme to developing children, through the course students are asked to embrace belonging, being and becoming within themselves.
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