In the recent years ‘safeguarding’ measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of all children has become an increasing focus in the early years. Supporting Children’s Health and Wellbeing helps early years students and practitioners working with children and young people gain an understanding of the key issues relating to children’s health in particular, examining the possible ways in which health can impact upon young children’s early childhood education and care. Packed full of practical advice for the everyday realities of the early years classroom, topics discussed include: • Historical perspectives and contemporary issues related to child health • Current policy and legislation • How to support the child and the family • Nutrition in childhood • Infectious diseases, infestations and the acutely ill child • Children with chronic and complex medical conditions • Coping with the death of a child A timely, topical text that will be invaluable to early years professionals.

Applying Theory to Practice

Applying Theory to Practice

Chapter Aims and Objectives

This chapter aims to:

  • give practical examples about some of the conditions and scenarios that have been explored in earlier chapters
  • develop your understanding and provoke your thinking about implications for your role in supporting children’s health and wellbeing.

The content of this chapter is drawn from students and practitioners as well as from examples of my own research.


Allergy is an increasingly common contemporary health issue that affects children in developed countries. Moving from a simple lifestyle to a more complex one, where the use of antibacterials and antibiotics is commonplace, is one theory to explain why there is an increase in the number of children developing a range of allergies. Other contributory factors are changes to ...

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