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.

Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Issues Related to Child Health

Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Issues Related to Child Health

Chapter Aims and Objectives

  • To examine the influence of the chronosystem, that is, the long-term context of historical events which have impacted on children’s health and wellbeing
  • To convey an understanding of why we are where we are in relation to children’s health by examining the legacy of historical events
  • To identify contemporary factors and influences affecting children’s health and causes of poor health

As you read the chapter, you are encouraged to think about the following:

  • Your role in relation to promoting and maintaining the health of the children in your professional care
  • How an understanding of the history of child health can help you to educate children, colleagues and parents about ...
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