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.

Children with Complex Medical Needs

Children with Complex Medical Needs

Chapter Aims and Objectives

  • To define causes of and reasons for complex medical needs
  • To identify skills for working with children with complex medical needs


As a consequence of improved ante-natal care and improved medical success in preserving life, more and more children are surviving with conditions which not so many years ago would have resulted in early death, either at birth or shortly afterwards. Consequently, there are more children with complex medical needs who are accessing out-of-home education and care settings, such as playgroups or special schools. As a result, many practitioners are becoming involved in the care of such children. The conditions that can give rise to complex medical needs can be life-threatening or life-limiting and ...

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