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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

This text reflects the current thinking on develping strategies to encourage attitudes to wellbeing which include mental health issues. Hopefully the themes will be extended to look at later ages and stages of young people's wellbeing.

Mrs Freda Cummings
ESWCE, Dundee University
June 3, 2010

This book has been purchased by the college on my recommendation and several students have purchased a copy as well. It is a highly informative and well written book.

Mrs Brenda O'Neill
Education , Lowestoft College
May 5, 2010

The book does not cover the information taught within the specific module.

Mrs Lynne Kendall
Education , Liverpool John Moores University
May 5, 2010

What an excellent book covering a very wide range of pertinent topics in a really accessible way.

Mrs Heather Macdonald
Education , Chester University
April 16, 2010

An excellent text in an under represented area in the current literature

Mrs Cyndy Hawkins
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
March 11, 2010

Lots of theoretic issues, that link with current practice. I will try to urge my learners to purchase this book.

Jayne Lewis
Northamptonshire County Council, Learning Achievement and School Improvement
March 11, 2010

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