Written for anyone working in the field of early years education and care, this book encourages students and practitioners to consider their own practice and to examine practice in a wide range of early years settings. The four sections link closely to the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and support the reader in developing a critical and reflective approach to their own work.

Issues covered include:

Play in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England; The Foundation Phase in Wales; Safeguarding children; The healthy child; Leading a team at a Children's CenteR; How caregivers are working with the EYFS; Leading and managing a multi-agency workforce; Continuing Professional Development for early years practitioners

Ideal for those working towards Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), this book is also a must-read for students on any early years course, and will help the professional development of all practitioners working with the Birth to Eight age range.

A Healthy Child – Direction, Deficit or Diversity?

A Healthy Child – Direction, Deficit or Diversity?

A healthy child – direction, deficit or diversity?
MandyAndrews and KateFowler

Chapter Objectives

This chapter explores concepts of health and attempts to understand what is meant by a ‘Healthy Child’. It suggests that a reflective, informed and critically aware practitioner can have a profound effect on children's well-being. However, to do this, they need to define and perhaps refine what they consider to be a ‘healthy child’.

It considers the following questions:

  • Why is it important to support child health?
  • What it meant by child health and well-being?
  • What can be learnt from the experiences of others?

The true measure of a nation's standing is how well it attends to its children – their health and safety, their material security, their education and socialisation, and ...

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