Introducing Kind Hands!
Massage stories and songs for 2-4 year olds
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Kind Hands classes encourage positive and nurturing touch for early years children and their parents and carers. Simple massage movements are performed over the clothes as actions to stories, nursery rhymes and songs.
Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them. Kind Hands activities contribute to the personal, social and emotional development of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
- is a programme of positive touch and clothed, child to child massage
- is a programme of clothed parent to child massage
- is based on a concept of respect and choice
- helps children’s development through play
- uses simple, adaptable and effective techniques
- is taught by adults working with young children and their parents
- is used at home by children and their parents
We weave positive and nurturing touch into well loved stories and nursery rhymes with simple touch strokes on the back, arms and hands. Children must give permission and have the right to say ‘no’ without giving reason. They are provided with the opportunity to develop their co-ordination, control and movement.
Nurturing touch helps children and their parents bond, creating closer relationships. Parents can enjoy giving their children a bedtime story massage on the back which calms a young child and improves their sleep.
Many adults working with children in England are doing so in settings which use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Wales has the Foundation Phase. It encourages children to be creative, imaginative and have fun, making learning more enjoyable and effective.
The prime areas of learning and development are:
1. communication and language
2. physical development
3. personal, social and emotional development
‘Kind Hands’ relates to aspects of all three.
1. Communication and language
Touch is a form of communication and helps to develop relationships. Children are taught to ask permission to touch and all children have the right to say ‘no’. Children talk about what they do and learn to express preferences.
2. Physical development
Kind Hands activities can be used in most developmental stages of play, contribute to different types of play and use different learning styles, so contributing to children’s overall development. Children develop their co-ordination, control and movement through repetition and practise.
3. Personal, social and emotional development
Children learn to form positive relationships, and develop respect for others. Kind Hands uses touch strokes and gentle massage in nursery rhymes and stories. The massage reduces stress and improves children’s concentration and wellbeing. Children gain an improved sense of belonging and confidence. It improves social relationships, not only between children, but between parents and their children.