1st Edition

Understanding Behaviour in Early Years Settings
Supporting Personal, Social and Emotional Development from 0–5

ISBN 9781138234000
Published February 28, 2017 by Routledge
140 Pages

USD $39.95

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Book Description

Everything we learn, every way we influence others and every relationship we form hangs around a complex interplay of behaviours, feelings and thoughts. This practical book explores the factors that influence children’s behaviour in the early years, enabling practitioners, parents and carers to develop a better understanding and become more intuitive and confident in supporting their development and learning in the first five years.

Full of insights and strategies for supporting children when their behaviour gets in the way of learning and wellbeing, or when it is simply ‘different’ in some way, Understanding Behaviour in Early Years Settings demonstrates how practitioners can help children to feel secure, learn and explore while gaining an understanding of how to behave socially and appropriately towards others. Areas covered include

  • building firm foundations and developing attachments;
  • personal, social and emotional development;
  • the language of feelings and behaviour;
  • observing ‘problem’ behaviours and planning interventions; and
  • supporting disability and special educational needs.

Including case studies and thinking points in each chapter, this invaluable guide will help early years practitioners, teachers and students to develop their own knowledge, confidence and understanding when working with challenging behaviours.

Table of Contents


1. Firm foundations: Attachments and beginnings

2. Personal and social development: Fitting in and making friends

3. Emotional development: Feeling good, behaving well

4. The language of behaviour: Words, thoughts and metaphors

5. Environmental factors: Expectations, reactions and creating the right ethos

6. When behaviour needs to change: Observations and planning interventions

7. Children who behave ‘differently’: Special educational needs and disability

8. Supporting parents, carers and each other

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Hannah Mortimer is an independent educational psychologist in the UK and has published over 60 books on early years education, child development and special educational needs.