Kimberly Smith has worked in Early Years Education for the last 17 years as an early years teacher, leader and trainer. She has worked for the local authority in the quality improvement team, guest lectured at Trinity and Leeds Universities and is the founder of KSEY Consultancy. Inspired by the Scandinavian way of living well – Hygge – her website is called ‘Hygge in the Early Years’ and her book is called ‘Bringing Hygge into the Early Years’.
In this interview, Kimberly explains what we mean by Hygge and, although there are some common themes, how that will look different for everyone. She describes how ‘being present’ and enjoying the sensory moments, even small ones such as the smell of coffee.
We discuss those things that contribute to a Hygge lifestyle: presence, pleasure, equality, togetherness, gratitude, harmony, truce, comfort and shelter; and we learn about Kimberly’s story and her journey to a Hygge lifestyle.
Kimberly has lots of practical ideas for developing Hygge in an Early Years setting as well as in your own life, based on her own experiences and her subsequent in-depth study of Hygge.
Kimberley’s book – use code HEY20 for 20% off https://routledge.pub/Hygge-Early-Years
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