Kimberly Smith on Hygge in the Early Years

Early years consultant Kimberly Smith shares how to bring the Danish concept of Hygge into your setting to create cosy environments that promote wellbeing and learning.
· October 28, 2022

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 fascinating interview, early years expert Kimberly Smith shares practical strategies for bringing the Danish concept of Hygge into early years settings. You’ll learn how to create a warm, cosy environment that promotes wellbeing and supports children’s learning and development. Kimberly provides actionable tips and insights that you can immediately implement in your nursery or early years classroom.

In this session you’ll:

  • Discover what Hygge is and why it’s so beneficial in early years education
  • Get practical tips for creating a Hygge environment on any budget
  • Learn the key elements of Hygge and how to incorporate them
  • Explore how Hygge supports children’s social-emotional development
  • Hear inspiring real-life examples of Hygge in action in early years settings

Watch this insightful interview to learn how you can bring the magic of Hygge to the children in your care and transform your early years practice.

This episode was originally broadcast on the 28th of October 2022.


Kimberly’s book Bringing Hygge into the Early Years is available here:

With step-by-step guidance on how to embed the approach alongside examples of hygge from early educators around the world, the book is divided into four main parts:

Re-balance you
The hygge environment
Slow teaching
Embracing nature

Throughout each chapter, case studies and activities provide the opportunity to reflect on existing practice and support you as you make positive changes to both your wellbeing and provision.

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