What helps babies and young children develop proficient social skills? How do children's early relationships and social interactions influence their future emotional resilience and wellbeing?
The Social Child thoughtfully discusses the key principles of children’s social development alongside descriptions of everyday practice. It aims to provide the reader with a rich understanding of the social skills and relationships that children develop as well as their discovery of communication and language.
The book explores the importance of developing genuine, trusted and reciprocal relationships with babies and young children and shows how a child’s intrinsic drive to be social can be nourished and supported. Throughout the book, the author emphasises the importance of play in developing children‘s relationships and language skills and aims to help practitioners to:
Emphasising the importance of understanding the theory that underpins children’s social development, this accessible text shows practitioners how they can use this knowledge to provide learning opportunities that nourish children’s emerging communication and social skills.
1. Setting the Scene; 2. Play, Imitation and Exploration; 3. Active Learning, Learning to be Sociable; 4. Creating Sociable Language; 5. Seeing Children Talk; 6. Engaging with Families; 7. Embracing Differences; 8. The Links of Language; 9. Ready for School, Prepared for Life?
Foundations of Child Development
Series Editor: Pamela May
An understanding of child development is at the heart of good early years practice. The four books in this exciting new series each take a detailed look at a major strand of child development – cognitive, social, physical and emotional – and aim to provide practitioners with the knowledge and understanding they need to plan ways of working with children that are developmentally appropriate. Clearly linking theory to everyday practice they explain why practitioners teach in certain ways and show how they can provide learning experiences that will help children to become competent and enthusiastic learners. Whilst the series allows for an in depth study of each of the four major areas of development individually, it also demonstrates that they are, in reality, intertwined and indivisible.
Titles in this series:
The Thinking Child: Laying the foundations of understanding and competence
The Growing Child: Laying the foundations of active learning and physical health
The Social Child: Laying the foundations of relationships and language
The Feeling Child: Laying the foundations of confidence and resilience