The book seeks to help early childhood educators and parents in very practical ways and provides guidance based on a sound theoretical understanding.

A Matter of Expression

A matter of expression

Your body is your language. Cultivate your language. Be able to say what you want.

(Holm 1980: 81)

One of the major aims of adults working with young children is effective and sensitive interaction. This arises spontaneously to match particular occasions and also takes place over longer periods of time. However good and extensive provision for learning may be, however effectively each day is organised, however informed the ‘curriculum’, interpersonal relations are of prime importance. Being in tune with children's thoughts and feelings is essential for maximum development in all areas of learning and at all developmental sequences.

Establishing the Boundaries

As we turn now to look at the way in which children's movement is linked with emotional and expressive behaviour it ...

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