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.
Chapter Three: PreSchool and the Early Years
PreSchool and the Early Years
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 ...