What is the Hygge approach?

As well as following the Montessori approach I also have Hygge in the Early Years accreditation. Hygge (pronounced Hue-gah) is a Danish word and concept and is about embracing the simple joys and pleasures in life. In early years this translates into creating a cosy, warm and homely environment for children, where children are encouraged to learn at their own pace and aren’t rushed into learning new things. This links closely with the Montessori philosophy of ‘following the child’. It is about following children’s individual interests and moving away from themes and topics, so that children become engaged as individual learners following their own journey and interests. This approach brings higher levels of focus and engagement.

I follow the Hygge approach as it compliments the Montessori method, especially in terms of the knowledge and understanding of the world curriculum and linking this with the Hygge ‘Wanderlust Child Nature Study’ developed by Early Years teacher and specialist Kimberly Smith to ‘inspire the next generation of explorers, adventurers and scientists’. The wanderlust child nature study follows each season and provides a rich and diverse learning experience when working outside in the garden, on nature walks and outings to places like nature reserves, reservoirs and woodlands. This focus on nature and outdoor learning has been found to inspire curiosity, wonder and awe and to improve mental and physical wellbeing, not just for the children but also the early years practitioners who implement this nature based curriculum.