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.

Attachments and Early Relationships

Attachments and Early Relationships

Chapter Overview

Chapters 5 and 6 turn their attention to the emotional dimensions of health and well-being and the crucial role played by early nurturing environments and experiences in laying the foundation for emotional health. Traditionally, child development policy and practice has focused on physical health and cognitive development. However, in recent years increasing attention has been paid to the importance of emotional well-being in forming the basis for healthy physical and cognitive development. In this chapter, we will emphasise the significance of early relationships through an exploration of early attachments and the attunement process in ...

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