Supporting the Wellbeing of Children from Ukraine: The Early Learning and Care Environment
Barnardos. (2022). Supporting the Wellbeing of Children from Ukraine: The Early Learning and Care Environment. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/257
As Early Learning and Care (ELC) settings in Ireland welcome children and families coming from Ukraine, it is important to recognise the key role that the environment plays in children’s wellbeing. With careful consideration, the physical environment of an ELC setting can make a big difference to how all children feel in a space. It can help children to feel calm, safe and welcome, and play a key role in supporting children who have experienced trauma. Alternatively, the environment can have the opposite effect and trigger feelings of anxiety, fear and danger. This resource highlights some key aspects of the environment to consider that will help to support children and families coming from Ukraine to feel safe and secure.