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.

Nutrition in Health and Well-Being

Nutrition in Health and Well-Being

Chapter Overview

This chapter provides an introductory overview of how nutrition affects physical and cognitive development. It considers relevant issues such as obesity, relationships with food and the importance of developing sensible eating habits during the early years. The chapter ends with suggestions on how food can be employed as a medium for learning in early years settings.

Nutrition and its role in health and well-being

It is self-evident that children require a healthy diet to satisfy their biological needs and enable them to develop and grow to their full potential. Food is broken down into its component parts in our body and then used to build our body’s tissues and structures and to ensure the smooth running ...

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