Emotional Literacy in the Early Years

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SAGE, Sep 21, 2010 - Education - 128 pages
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Emotional literacy and health and wellbeing have been placed at the heart of good practice by the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England, and the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland, and this book provides clear guidance and lots of practical strategies for how to implement this ethos in your setting.

Offering an explanation of emotional literacy, why it matters and how to make it happen in practice, this book looks at ways to promote and develop emotional literacy with young children through:

- Circle Time

- drama

- storytelling

- physical education

- outdoor play

- active learning

It highlights the benefits of this ethos for all, and looks at how the emotionally literate setting supports inclusion and promotes achievement. Full of case studies of children aged 3 to 8, ideas for practice, photographs, points for reflection, photocopiable materials, and accompanied by a wide range of downloadable material available on the SAGE website, this is an indispensable guide for the early years practitioner.

It is highly relevant to those looking at the transition from Early Years to Primary education, as well as the social, emotional and behavioural needs of young children.


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1 Why Emotional literacy is good for your school
2 Emotional literacy as an approach to learning and teaching
3 how an Emotionally literate approach can support inclusion
4 Using Emotional Literacy across the curriculum
5 the role of the adult
6 implications for Practice

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Christine Bruce is a Chartered Teacher working at a school near Edinburgh; she has been Health and Wellbeing Network Leader for a Local Authority and was most recently a Teaching Fellow at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh.

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