1st Edition

Resilience and Wellbeing in Young Children, Their Families and Communities Exploring Diverse Contexts, Circumstances and Populations

    248 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Resilience and Wellbeing in Young Children, Their Families and Communities unpicks the theme of resilience and wellbeing through diverse contexts, circumstances, populations and life stories in order to explore its complexity globally.

    Current societal events have brought forward a need for understanding how to best support and create environments with conditions that promote children’s holistic wellbeing. Violence in all its facets, poverty, political conflict and the recent pandemic are among the major realities threatening children, and this demands attention to how resilience can be supported to effectively safeguard children’s lived experiences. This book explores resilience from a range of perspectives, research projects and practical support mechanisms for young children, families, educators and communities. It starts with theoretical conceptualizations and goes on to present specific research projects and applied initiatives and how these can be used in application to praxis for young children and their families.

    Being of interest to educators and human services striving to advocate for and enhance young children’s wellbeing, this book will serve as both a useful overview of the many approaches to supporting resilience in young children, while providing a sound theoretical perspective that is accessible for all.

    1. Resilience and Children: Introducing concepts, notions, and tensions
    Wilma Robles-Melendez, Zoi Nikiforidou and Babs Anderson         

     2. Resilience and Well-being at Children: A Meta-Synthesis           
    Esra Akgül, Dila Nur Yazici  

    3. Risk, Rights, Responsibilities and Resilience: Considering practical ways of supporting children’s resilience       
    Samantha Hoyes

    4. “The children are grand!” Educators’ perspectives on educator and child wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic
    Maja Haals Brosnan, Rhona Stallard and Natasha O’Donnell        

    5. How to create a more open listening climate in early years settings: A multi-professional perspective when supporting children’s wellbeing       
    Alison Moore 

    6. Resilience and children with disabilities: the role of positive relationships and friendships 
    Kyriakos Demetriou  

    7. The Compassion-Resilience Connection: Their place in early childhood education in a global arena           
    Harriet Broadfoot      

    8. Towards a pedagogy of hope: Creating a listening culture for nurturing children’s wellbeing          
    Naomi McLeod, Diane Boyd, Catriona Luz Aniere and Suzanne Axelsson

    9. Play in the Education and Care of Young Autistic Children
    Jenny Louise Gibson, Sinéad Máire McNally

    10. Holistic Education as Support for Wellbeing and Resilience
    Tansy Watts

    11. Building a Circle of Caring Support for Our Children with Diverse Roots: Nurturing Young Children’s Resiliency
    Wilma Robles-Melendez, Berta Capo, and Eric G. Robles

    12. A system in ‘fight mode’? - resilience and social capital in a community emerging from conflict
    Clionagh Boyle          

    13. Reflecting on what we know and beyond
    Zoi Nikiforidou, Wilma Robles-Melendez, Babs Anderson   



    Zoi Nikiforidou is Associate Professor in Early Childhood Pedagogy at the University of Ioannina, Greece.

    Babs Anderson retired as Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood at Liverpool Hope University, UK.

    Wilma Robles-Melendez is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education & School of Criminal Justice of Nova Southeastern University, USA.