1st Edition

Principles and Practice to Help Young Children Belong Therapeutic Approaches to Support Pupils in the Margins

Edited By Estelle Tarry Copyright 2025
    200 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    200 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This vital resource for early years and primary school trainees and practitioners explores a range of social and therapeutic strategies and interventions that will successfully support all children’s sense of belonging.

    A sense of belonging is vital to children’s physical, emotional, psychological, mental health and wellbeing. This book considers social and therapeutic strategies and interventions that support all children’s sense of belonging and can be adopted by practitioners. It addresses the interrelated factors that impact children’s sense of belonging such as race, gender, expression of sexual orientation, religion and disabilities. It will help develop practitioners’ awareness of current social and educational issues including the LGBT+, the changing family unit, relationships, misogyny and toxic masculinity, meditation and mindfulness as well as the importance of children connecting with nature and transformative activism. The chapters adopt a theoretical and practical approach, presenting case studies of good practice, which will create positive and inclusive outcomes, supporting individual growth and community wellbeing.

    An essential reading for practitioners, including teachers, teaching assistants (continuing professional development), lecturers and social workers, working in Early Years and Primary educational setting, this book would also be suitable as a core and supportive text for students studying on a variety of undergraduate degree courses within the scope of Education, Pedagogy, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Social Work, Child Development.

    0. Introduction
    Estelle Tarry

    Part I: Tackling social inequality and social justice

    1. Social Inequality and Social Justice
    Karina Perkins and Mollie Bell

    2. Anti-racism in Early Childhood Spaces: Transformative Activism
    Emel Thomas

    3. Religion, Belonging and Childhood in the Primary Classroom
    Matthew Vince

    4. Unmasking Toxic Masculinity in Early Years and Primary Schools: Exploring the Impact on Children's Socialisation and Development
    Alison Milner

    Part II: Social interaction; social beings and relationships

    5. Supporting Children’s Sense of Belonging and Feelings of Mattering Through Relationship-Rich Pedagogies
    Eleonora Teszenyi

    6. (LGBT+) and different family structures; What is a family?
    Helen Hughes and Cathie Burgess

    7. Fostering Belonging through Compassionate Care in Education
    Eunice Lumsden

    8. The Modern Iliad; Asylum Seeker and Refugee Children’s Search for Belonging
    Estelle Tarry

    9. Ecology and Embodiment: Engaging Children and Young People with Nature
    Marie Hale

    Part III: All Schools and All Practitioners

    10. Towards a Needs-Led Approach to Inclusion: Questions and Challenges for the Ideology of Inclusive Practice
    Cathie Burgess

    11. Developing a Mentally Healthy Culture for All in Schools: Issues and Possible Solutions
    Andy Smith

    12. Wellbeing in a Modern World
    Jodie Rossiter


    Estelle Tarry is a Lecturer at the South Devon University Centre, Plymouth University, UK. She has previously authored Challenges in Early Years and Primary Education (2022) for Routledge.