Wellbeing from Birth

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SAGE, Jan 21, 2010 - Education - 224 pages
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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. PART 1: INTRODUCING WELLBEING describes the 'backdrop' for a new model of wellbeing, outlining research and policy background, and underpinning early childhood themes. PART 2: THE THEORY OF WELLBEING defines wellbeing itself, describing the new model and the mechanism of wellbeing development called companionable learning. PART 3: EVERYDAY WELLBEING contains ideas and examples from homes and settings of 'real-life' wellbeing. Chapter 6: 'All to play for' is rich with ideas and examples of "profoundly satisfying" wellbeing play. PART 4: INVESTING IN WELLBEING is about professional development. It covers observation, assessment and planning; the key person approach; 'when things go wrong'; and integrating services across settings and communities. The book ends with the importance of collective wellbeing, arguing that all young children need experiences of individual and collective wellbeing, in their families and their 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.

 

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Contents

1 Early Childhood Matters
2
2 Wellbeing Themes
14
Part 2 THE THEORY OF WELLBEING
27
3 The ABC of Wellbeing
28
4 Companionable Learning
53
Part 3 EVERYDAY WELLBEING
71
5 Childrens Wellbeing
72
6 All to Play For
96
8 Being Key Companions
146
9 When Things Go Wrong
161
10 Wellbeing and Integration
171
Epilogue
182
Appendix to Chapters 9 and 10
185
Glossary
188
References
192
Index
197

Part 4 INVESTING IN WELLBEING
117
7 Observation Assessment and Planning
118

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About the author (2010)

Rosemary Roberts is a freelance author and early years consultant.

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