A sense of belonging is the foundation for children’s wellbeing and learning. Our very own Early Years Learning Framework reaffirms this in its title – you can’t ‘be’ if you don’t belong, and it’s tricky to ‘become’, live your best life and reach your full potential if you don’t feel a true sense of belonging to place, people and, ultimately, yourself!
With one in seven children experiencing mental health issues and up to 180 educators leaving the workforce every week, it’s time we start really supporting belonging. Explore these simple strategies to get started!
This article first appeared in Embrace #7.