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.
Chapter 3: The ABC of Wellbeing
The ABC of Wellbeing
A New Model
Wellbeing is a ‘big’ word, and it means different things to different people. Although government policy and guidance increasingly refers to the importance of wellbeing, its meaning is not usually explained, beyond a general state of ‘doing well’. It is often used as a catch-all term loosely associated with good outcomes. Most early years practitioners would say they are convinced that wellbeing matters; so it is important to understand it – and to find ways of thinking about it that are ...