• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

When Things Go Wrong
When things go wrong

What about when things go wrong? On a spectrum stretching from inevitable and essentially transitory problems (for instance teething or tantrums) to life-long states of mental or physical disability all children (and consequently their companions) will experience things going wrong. How, in these situations, can we help them to retain as much wellbeing – agency, belonging-and-boundaries, communication and physical wellbeing – as possible?

The ideas that have formed the basis for the positive, preventive approach in previous chapters – for building wellbeing from birth – may stand us in good stead here ...

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