2nd Edition

The Wellbeing of Children under Three

By Helen Bradford Copyright 2021
    126 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    126 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in an updated second edition, The Wellbeing of Children under Three unravels what wellbeing means for this age group by making clear links between research and effective early years practice. It looks at what wellbeing means for under threes in the light of key aspects of international social policy, and practically demonstrates how practitioners can support children in this area.

    Focusing on the home-setting partnership with parents, work attitudes, adult–child interaction and quality learning environments, the book explores the role that adults play in holistically supporting children’s individual personal, social and emotional needs. This new edition also includes new material on practitioner mental health and the Leuven scales as a measure of wellbeing. Each chapter features:

    • clear explanation of relevant theories
    • case studies and examples of good practice
    • focus points for readers
    • questions for reflective practice

    Providing a wealth of practical ideas and activities, this handy text encourages the exploration of all aspects of babies’ and toddlers’ wellbeing to help practitioners ensure effective outcomes for the youngest children in their care, and is essential reading for all those working with the under threes.

    List of illustrations. Introduction. Chapter 1: Wellbeing matters. Chapter 2: Personal, social and emotional wellbeing. Chapter 3: Wellbeing, the early years practitioner and the early years setting. Chapter 4: Wellbeing within the early years setting: supporting babies and children under three. Chapter 5: Wellbeing: principles behind the practice. Chapter 6: Drawing the threads together. References. Index.


    Helen Bradford is an independent Early Years Consultant, based in Cambridgeshire. She has worked in the early years sector for over twenty years and has published extensively during this time.