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.

Economic and Social Factors Affecting Health and Well-Being

Economic and Social Factors Affecting Health and Well-Being

Economic and Social Factors Affecting Health and Well-Being

Chapter Overview

In this chapter we will focus on some of the economic and social factors that can affect children’s health and well-being. Previously we have largely focused on the more intimate micro factors, such as personal relationships, experiences and environments, and how these combine and interact with genetic make-up and temperament to construct childhood experiences. Here, using poverty as our focus, we consider the influence of the larger context in which a child’s world is situated. Examples of how macro factors, such as economic structures, physical environments and societal relations contribute to a child’s health and well-being will be explored. With international recognition of the rights of every child ...

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