A book called Never Too Young To Grieve has been launched for EYFS staff to support bereaved children under the age of five.
The initiative is a partnership between childhood bereavement charity Winston’s Wish and leading childcare provider Busy Bees.
Never Too Young To Grieve targets individuals and professionals who support young children during and after the loss of a parent or carer. It draws on the 25 years’ experience of Winston’s Wish supporting bereaved children, young people and their families. The book offers information, guidance and activities specifically to support the ‘forgotten mourner’ generation, often left behind in the grieving process.
Busy Bees nurseries across the country raised £90,000 with a year of activities including fancy dress days and half marathons and part of this fundraising went towards Winston’s Wish producing Never Too Young To Grieve. The publication is aimed at nursery practitioners, parents, carers and anyone supporting children under the age of five experiencing bereavement. Each of Busy Bees 344 nurseries has a copy of Never Too Young To Grieve to guide the nursery practitioners.
Marg Randles, Co-founder and Chief Academic Officer of Busy Bees Childcare, said: “It’s a sad fact of life that occasionally children will lose a parent, carer or someone special in their life and adults often feel uncertain on how to properly support children, to know what to say and when to say it. I am sure that this book will support everyone and will have a positive impact on the lives of young children experiencing bereavement. Winston’s Wish does incredible work and we’re so pleased to have supported them.”
Fergus Crow, CEO of Winston’s Wish, said: “Busy Bees’ support has been vital to the creation of Never Too Young To Grieve and we thank them for their dedicated fundraising. The book provides powerful guidance to family members, practitioners and all carers supporting children under five during the difficult time after a loved one has died. With the right support at the right time bereaved children can lead full and flourishing lives.”
The first Busy Bees nursery – The Rocklands in Lichfield - was opened in 1984, by three couples who were dissatisfied with the childcare options available to them. Two of the founders, Marg Randles (Chief Academic Officer) and John Woodward (President), are still working full time in the business.
To purchase a copy of Never Too Young To Grieve visit the Winston’s Wish website, shop.winstonswish.org