Health and Well-being in Early Childhood


Janet Rose, Louise Gilbert & Val Richards

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    We would like to thank all the practitioners and colleagues for their contributions to this book and to all the children whose stories we tell in our case studies. In particular, we’d like to thank Julia Butler, Tracey Barnett, Alison Cliffe, Licette Gus, Heidi Limbert, Linda Plowden, Rosie Pritchard, Angela Spencer and Sara Willis. In addition, we would like to thank Christopher Walker for his illustrations and Felicia Wood, Kate Cairns and Tracey Lewarne for their helpful comments during the writing of this book.

    We would also like to extend our thanks to Jude Bowen, Amy Jarrold and George Knowles of Sage for their guidance and support.

    About The Authors

    Dr Janet Rose is currently a Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader in Early Education at Bath Spa University. A former teacher, she has also worked in a range of early years settings, worked with children ‘at risk’ and ran sensory integration workshops for 0-3s for many years both in England and abroad. She has worked closely with the National College of Teaching and Learning and led training for a number of Local Authorities and professional organisations around the country. She is the author of various publications, including a co-authored book on The Role of the Adult in Early Years Settings. She is currently developing two research projects (Attachment Aware Schools and Emotion Coaching) which focus on supporting children’s behaviour and well-being.

    Louise Gilbert’s background is in health and education having trained as a teacher and a nurse, and worked in health promotion before becoming a university Senior Lecturer in childhood with a special interest in child development and health. She has numerous publications with a focus on sustainable health and well-being. Louise has also contributed to the development of professional training programmes, delivered keynote speeches and run workshops for multidisciplinary and specialist groups working with children. With Janet Rose, she designed and delivered the first UK Emotion Coaching research project, which applied an interpersonal neurobiological approach to support sustainable, community-wide, cross-disciplinary promotion of children’s well-being and resilience. She is currently writing her doctoral thesis on the research findings.

    Val Richards is a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University. She is a member of the Education Studies department and currently leads and teaches modules on Health, Education and Behaviour, Adolescent Development, and Learning. Her main discipline is psychology, specialising in developmental psychology, adolescence, health psychology and teaching and learning. She has also taught Food and Nutrition and Childhood Studies at both Higher Education and secondary school level and was subject leader for Studies of Childhood at Bath Spa University. Her research has focused on gender-related behaviour and attitudes and, more recently, issues concerning transitions from primary to secondary school. She has recently co-edited a book on Bridging the Transition from Primary to Secondary School.

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