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Wellbeing from Birth

Wellbeing from Birth

January 2010 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

Early Childhood Matters
Wellbeing Themes
The ABC Of Wellbeing
Companionable Learning
Children's Wellbeing
All to Play for
Observation, Assessment and Planning
Being Key Companions
When Things Go Wrong
Wellbeing and Integration

A fantastic introduction to the wellbeing of young children - covers all the key areas

Miss Charlotte Jones
Warwick Institute of Education, Warwick University
September 21, 2012

Excellent - will be extremely beneficial as it explores issues which are directly relevant to the module.

Mrs Erica Evans
Faculty of Education, University of Brighton
June 21, 2012

This is a superb book which I use all the time.

Mrs Gillian Sykes
school of education/early years, Northampton University
March 7, 2012

I love this book, as a mother and a professional. The chapters on wellbeing and relationships are great. The chapter about investing in wellbeing is really interesting, practical advice about observation, assessment & planning. Page 82 - companionable meals is a lovely example. A great read for parents, students and lecturers.

Mrs Claire York
Education , Nelson & Colne College
November 8, 2011

A good introduction to Wellbeing laid out in an accessible format with clear links to good practice.
A good text for linking ideas from theorists and research

Mrs Rebecca Kingsley-Jones
CAHE, University of the West of England, Bristol
July 14, 2011

An interesting text which explores a range of ideas appropriate to exploring children's health and wellbeing.

Miss Jessica Clark
Early Childhood Studies, University Campus Suffolk
March 9, 2011

An excellent and enjoyable read with clear language for all levels of students

Mrs Lynn Boyle
ESCW - Education, Dundee University
July 27, 2010

Excellent coverage of under 3's. Most books deal with older children.

Mrs Heather Macdonald
Education , Chester University
July 16, 2010

I like the way each chapter fits with the others in a progressive way, very readable and understandable.

Ms Angela House
Early Childhood Studies, Bishop Grosseteste College
July 13, 2010

This book will help provide a thorough understanding of the key issues relating to child development, in particular emotional well being. Students who are undertaking a piece of research would find this knowledge useful when deciding to use more creative methods for obtaining data from children.

Dr Nanette Smith
Institute of Education, Worcester University
June 16, 2010

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