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.

Brain development – the foundation for adaptive behaviour

Brain development – the foundation for adaptive behaviour

Brain development – the foundation for adaptive behaviour

Chapter Overview

This chapter introduces the reader to the wonders of our brains. It shows why all those who work with young children need to have an understanding of basic brain structure and function. It provides an insight into the neuroanatomy of the brain and the functional and maturational development pathways. In doing so, it will explore the physiological and psychological relationships between brain, body and mind and highlight the recursive and contingent connections between them. It also introduces the role of relationships and how interactions inform behaviours, which can inform early years practice and support the promotion of children’s health and well-being.

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