The health and well-being of children is integral to learning and development but what does it actually mean in practice? This textbook draws on contemporary research on the brain and mind to provide an up-to-date overview of the central aspects of young children’s health and well-being - a key component of the revised EYFS curriculum. Critically engaging with a range of current debates, coverage includes • early influences, such as relationships, attachment (attachment theory) and nutrition • the role of the brain in health and well-being • the enabling environment • other issues affecting child development To support students with further reading, reflective and critical thinking it employs: • case studies • pointers for practice • mindful moments • discussion questions • references to extra readings • web links This current, critical and comprehensive course text will provide a solid foundation for students and practitioners on a wide range of early childhood courses, and empower them to support and nurture young children’s health and well-being.



The significance of young children’s health and well-being is well established and increasingly on the agenda of government departments and agencies worldwide. This worldwide concern for, and understanding of, childhood well-being has increased over the past decade (UNICEF, 2013a). National success is no longer considered to be exclusively defined by traditional economic indicators such as Gross Domestic Product, but should also assess societal progress by measuring well-being (Stiglitz et al., 2010). The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognises a child’s right to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to have their voices heard, and to reach their full potential. This includes addressing their health and well-being, an issue that continues to permeate not just the non-Western world, but also ...

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