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.

Current Government Policy and Legislation

Current Government Policy and Legislation

Chapter Aims and Objectives

  • To summarise legislation and policy in relation to children’s health and wellbeing since Every Child Matters (2003)
  • To critically evaluate legislation in relation to children and families in your setting
  • To consider the implications of legislation and government guidance for policy and practice in ECEC settings

Introduction: Why is understanding policy important?

There are several reasons why it is vital as a professional practitioner that you have an understanding of child health policy. However, learning about policy can be viewed as less interesting than other areas of learning. No matter what your personal view is on policy, it is an area that you need to engage with, not least for the following reasons:

  • government policy influences priorities ...
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