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.
Chapter 5: Supporting the Child and the Family
Supporting the Child and the Family
Chapter Aims and Objectives
Identify your role in relation to:
- implementing universal services
- identifying the health needs of children
- adapting play to support health
- managing transitions for children who have been absent
- working with parents to support children’s health.
As you read this chapter, you are encouraged to consider your role as a practitioner in relation to addressing the needs of children and their parents: what qualities, skills and knowledge do you think are necessary?
The role of the practitioner
Your role in supporting children’s health and wellbeing is wide-ranging and complex. The range of health-related activities could be as simple as ensuring that correct hand-washing procedures are followed, to possibly carrying out suction on a child with complex medical needs. Before ...