140 Pages 3 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    140 Pages 3 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Nurturing children and supporting their wellbeing is vitally important along with looking after the wellbeing of the staff who support them. Wellbeing Explained highlights the importance of wellbeing and explains key terms associated with wellbeing and mental health needs. Unpicking terms such as holistic development, self-esteem, SEMH and anxiety, it uses practical examples and case studies to explain what these mean and how we can promote wellbeing through policy and practices.

    Divided into two parts, the first provides a brief overview of the key terms associated with wellbeing in early childhood alongside examples of what they mean in practice. Part two then shares the principles that underpin promoting good wellbeing such as prioritising staff wellbeing, adopting a loving pedagogy, keeping the child and family central to provision, and creating an enabling environment explaining the underlying ethos of a child-centred approach.

    Part of the Key Concepts in Early Childhood Series, this is essential reading for early years practitioners and students that want to know and understand what they can do to support their own wellbeing and the children they work with.

    Note from the series editor



    Part 1 - explaining the terms




    Attachment needs




    Early intervention

    Emotional regulation

    Emotional literacy

    Enabling environment

    Fight/ flight/freeze/fawn

    Holistic development

    Listening to children

    Loving Pedagogy

    Leuven Scale


    Mental Health first aid

    Nature Deficit Disorder







    Selective Mutism


    Spiritual wellbeing


    SSTEW scale




    Window of tolerance

    Further reading / links


    Part 2 - Embedding wellbeing practices


    The rights of the child in relation to wellbeing

    The role of the adult in relation to wellbeing

    How the adult can prioritise their and their colleagues wellbeing

    How we can create an enabling environment which promotes wellbeing

    How we can engage parents and work in partnership with them when supporting their children’s wellbeing

    How to write a wellbeing policy

    Signposting for further advice

    Staff training




    Sonia Mainstone-Cotton currently works with Brighter Futures, a specialist team supporting 3 and 4 years olds who have social, emotional and mental health needs. She delivers training on children’s SEMH and wellbeing and has written 11 books.

    I’m delighted to recommend Wellbeing Explained by Sonia Mainstone-Cotton for anyone interested in any type of Early Years wellbeing. This new book breaks down complex topics into understandable and useful insights and, as ever, Sonia offers practical advice, making it valuable for practitioners and parents alike. It's a heartfelt invitation to weave wellbeing into every aspect of our interactions with children.

    Sonia uses examples from her own experience, like her morning coffee ritual and using clay in play schemes, to show how wellbeing practices can be integrated into daily life AND professional practice. These examples not only demonstrate effective strategies for supporting children's emotional health but also make the content relatable and actionable. The two-part structure of the book makes it useful both as a ‘dip in and out’ book and an accessible read from beginning to end.

    This book is an essential read that I wholeheartedly endorse, brimming with wisdom, warmth, and a deep understanding of what it means to truly nurture wellbeing.

    Kathy Brodie, Early Childhood Studies Lecturer

    A marvellous book that shouts loudly “mental health and wellbeing matters” in the early foundation stages of childhood and throughout all of our lives. Thank you Sonia.

    Jamel C CampbellEarly Years Educator