© 2013 – Routledge
160 pages | 12 B/W Illus.
There are many transitions that children experience before they are five, including the first major transition from home to an early years setting. Successive changes can have a serious impact on young children and stress, separation and insecure attachments can affect not only a child’s emotional health but also cognitive and intellectual development.
Understanding Transitions in the Early Years explains why transitions matter and provides practical guidance on how to support young children’s developing emotional resilience and equip them to embrace change in the future. Aimed at practitioners and students, the book:
Including case studies, examples of good practice and questions for reflection this thought-provoking text emphasises the little things that practitioners can do for the individual children in their care to help them feel secure and confident when dealing with change.
1. Introduction; 2. Attachment theory and transitions; 3. Attachment theory and the brain: The impact of transition; 3. A ‘Patchwork of Services’ – why do young children experience so many transitions?; 4. Reflecting on our own experience of transition; 5. Strategies for reducing transitions in the early years; 6. Strategies to support children’s well-being during transition; 7. Conclusion