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What do we mean by wellbeing, and what does it look like as it takes shape in early childhood? What can we do to support the wellbeing of children at home and in settings?

This book provides some answers to these complex questions, in a straightforward, accessible way. Parts 1 and 2 offer students and practitioners a strong theoretical framework within which to explore ways of developing and extending their work with children and families, and with each other, including guidance on observation and assessment for planning. Part 3 provides practical strategies based on work involving families from a range of ethnic backgrounds, children's centre staff, local authority advisers, childminders, additional needs teachers and health visitors. Linking with the Early Years Foundation Stage, the book examines developing the key person approach, the power of play and making the most of everyday experiences. Part 4 discusses wellbeing for parents and practitioners, and collective wellbeing in settings and communities.

Essential reading for anyone studying early childhood, and for managers and practitioners working with young children and their families, this book is an inspirational guide to developing a framework for wellbeing from birth.

Early Childhood Matters
Early childhood matters
Messages from Research
Research Reviews

‘Research’ is about finding things out, another word for enquiry. In the field of early childhood, practitioners are all – consciously or unconsciously – researchers. We need to find out about the needs of the individual children with whom we work, and how best to meet those needs; and so our daily enquiries are centred on their lives and on their development, and on our own professionalism. In a more academic and general sense, other people's research, when it has been done well, can also tell us useful ...

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