Counselling with Children and Young People provides a distinctive focus on child therapy in school settings, addressing in a unique level of detail. The authors adopt a broad ecosystematic, integrative approach that takes into account the factors of family, school and wider community, placing emphasis on significant development and attachment issues.

PreSchool and the Early Years

PreSchool and the early years
Fiona Peacock

In this chapter we look at the developmental phases that coincide with the PreSchool and foundation/early years experiences of children, roughly from 3 years old through to age 6. This period in a child's development will be referred to as ‘pre-latency’. Infancy is seen as the pre-verbal stage of children's development, and latency as traditionally related to the time in a child's life when infantile sexuality was repressed (Mitchell, 1986): this can generally be seen to start around the age of 6 or 7. Teachers will often recognise the term ‘the magic 7’, which is a point around about 7 years of age when children's thinking seems to change ...

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