Early Childhood is a complex and diverse field. This text is designed to help students understand and engage with current themes in early childhood, supporting the development of critical thinking skills. Key themes such as children's voice, child wellbeing, identities and professional relationships are presented and opened up for the reader through essential theory and selected extracts. Thought provoking activities in all chapters help students to get a deeper understanding of contemporary themes in early childhood, supporting them in assignment writing and in linking theory to practice.

Ensuring Children's Emotional Well-Being in the Early Years

Ensuring Children's Emotional Well-Being in the Early Years

Ensuring children's emotional well-being in the early years
Mary WildIngram Lloyd

The issue of children's well-being can be considered on a range of levels. There is persistent and appropriate concern for children experiencing extremes of hardship and adversity and the continued prevalence of neglect and abuse is shocking. It is salutary to remind ourselves of such extremes but it is not the principal focus of this chapter. This chapter will consider the ways in which children's well-being can be supported within the immediate social contexts in which they live. The focus is on the developmental foundations of positive well-being rather than on issues of safeguarding children. After outlining some of the theoretical concepts around children's emotional well-being, the ...

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