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.

Emotional Development and Regulation

Emotional Development and Regulation

Chapter Overview

This chapter builds on the previous chapter which considered the fundamental importance of nurturing relationships in the early years. The two chapters are best read together as they complement each other. In this chapter, we look more closely at the emotional brain and how attachment relationships help young children’s emotional development, particularly their capacity to regulate their emotions and behaviour. It draws attention to the role of empathy in emotional regulation and the development of what is known as Theory of Mind and emotional intelligence. It also considers the process of reflective functioning which links closely to the notion of interactional synchrony that was outlined in the previous chapter. Although this book does not specifically address ...

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