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The Social Child

Laying the foundations of relationships and language, 1st Edition

By Toni Buchan


114 pages

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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:

  • understand the factors that can help and hinder fundamental social processes for babies and young children;
  • create secure and unconditional psychological and physical environments for children to practice their emerging language and communication skills;
  • reflect on their own teaching methods to heighten their receptiveness to children’s social attempts to communicate through effective observation and planning;
  • engage with parents and carers to help support children’s learning at home whilst maintaining the values of the family;
  • celebrate the uniqueness of each child and provide learning experiences that are appropriate for individuals with particular learning needs, be they physical, emotional or cognitive to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed.

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.

Table of Contents

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?

About the Author/Editor

Toni Buchan has been awarded a Masters in Educational Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, and continues to lecture in Early Years and Child Development.

About the Series

Foundations of Child Development

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

Pamela May

The Growing Child: Laying the foundations of active learning and physical health

Clair Stevens

The Social Child: Laying the foundations of relationships and language

Toni Buchan

The Feeling Child: Laying the foundations of confidence and resilience

Maria Robinson

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten