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.
This chapter turns its attention to a particular strategy that can help to create an optimal, enabling environment for emotional well-being. It does so by outlining the key tenets and processes of a strategy called Emotion Coaching. Emotion Coaching helps to generate nurturing relationships that scaffold the development of effective stress management skills in order to promote emotional and behavioural self-regulation. This evidence-based approach provides practitioners with a valuable tool for supporting children’s behaviour and harnesses well-being for both adults and children. It draws on recent research conducted by Rose and Gilbert.
A relational model of behaviour management
Common behaviour management strategies include the use of reward stickers and charts and time-out as a means of teaching young children how to behave. ...