Designed to facilitate professional development and critical reflection in the leadership of services for children and families, this book will enhance the understanding of readers from a range of disciplines and at varying levels of study. Packed with case studies depicting the experiences of children and their families in transition and exploring a wide range of scenarios, the chapters:

Explore transitions from a range of perspectives; Discuss the value of developing collaborative practice in deepening awareness of children's views and experiences; Explore the impact of practitioner inquiry; Look at examples of contemporary practice; Consider the ethics, policies and law relating to current issues; Enrich the reader's understanding of professional responsibility

Each chapter contains a chapter overview, a case study and suggestions for further reading. This book is relevant to all practitioners working with young children and their families and to all those studying early childhood.



Chapter Overview

This chapter aims to develop your understanding of aspects of birth as a transition. Practitioners working with young children draw on their professional experience and training and also from their own experiences as a sibling to understand the experience of birth as a transition. They know that the birth of a new member of the family can create not only delight but also insecurity and troubled behaviour in siblings, particularly those who are close in age to the new-born family member. New parents may experience a change in identity, lifestyle and family relationships. In this chapter a health visitor argues that birth is a transition experienced by the whole family. This can compound its impact on young children, and when we view it ...

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