1st Edition

Nurturing Children through the Primary Years Developing the Potential of Every Child

By Kathryn Peckham Copyright 2025
    220 Pages 70 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    220 Pages 70 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book argues that supporting a child’s learning in primary school is more about nurturing their dispositions than continually assessing their performance. Drawing on the latest research in the fields of child development, psychology, health and well-being, it shows how teachers and parents have a deep impact on children’s learning, motivation and potential and the practices that offer children the best opportunities for future success.

    Guided by the holistic approaches of the Nurturing Childhoods Pedagogical Framework and the ABCs of Developing Engagement, this book has a strong focus on increasing child engagement alongside methods to consider the impact of learning experiences. 

    Chapters cover:

    ·         Supporting engagement through communication, movement and play

    ·         Helping children to feel safe and secure within their learning environments

    ·         Developing classrooms where children think and express themselves

    ·         Understanding childhood anxiety

    ·         Nurturing confidence and self-motivation

    ·         Working with parents and carers

    ·         Anxiety within the classroom

    ·         Ways of evaluating teaching styles and class dynamics

    ·         Decoding children’s behaviours

    Part of the Nurturing Childhoods series, this exciting book provides teachers, practitioners and parents with the knowledge and understanding they need to nurture children’s happiness, well-being and sense of security through the preschool and reception years.

    Table of Contents

     

    Introduction

    1.       Developing reflective practice and mindful development

    2.       Nurturing Engaged School Children; Communication, Movement and Play

    3.       Helping children to feel safe and secure

    4.       Developing classrooms where children think and express themselves

    5.       Understanding child anxiety

    6.       Nurturing confidence in the classroom

    7.       Friendships, conflict and playground dramas

    8.       Developing nurturing methods of encouragement and self-motivation

    9.       Supporting parents to nurture their school child at home

    10.   Supporting lifelong learning in the classroom

    Section 2 Introduction - The Nurturing Childhoods Pedagogical Framework

    11.   Nurturing School Children to do things for themselves

    12.   Nurturing School Children to do new things

    13.   Nurturing School Children to be brave

    14.   Nurturing School Children to have good ideas

    15.   Nurturing School Children to have a go

    16.   Nurturing School Children to have fun

    17.   Nurturing School Children to think

    Biography

    Kathryn Peckham is a childhood consultant, researcher, author and founder of Nurturing Childhoods. She is an active member of global Early Childhood networks, conducting research for governments and international organisations, writing curricula and contributing to industry-leading publications and guidance such as Birth to 5 Matters.