Children’s mental well-being, ability to concentrate, and being independent in their play and investigation has become increasingly relevant throughout the early years sector.

With recent studies suggesting that structured physical exercise such as yoga sessions could have a positive impact on children’s mental health and ability to learn we felt that, since we have a qualified Yoga teacher in our staff team, sessions could be an effective way to have measurable impact on children’s self-esteem and concentration levels.

Experts suggest that appropriately challenging physical activities could support children in building the aforementioned learning dispositions by helping them explore their own strengths and capabilities as well as supporting their self-help and social skills. They therefore recommends building a ‘movement rich culture’ in which practitioner enthusiasm is key.

We have found the impact much the same at St John’s – the children are enthusiastic during sessions, challenge themselves and feel altogether more at ease with themselves and their own abilities.