What impact does children’s emotional development and well-being have on their capacity to learn? How do you provide learning experiences that meet the developmental needs of every child in your care?
The Feeling Child thoughtfully discusses the key principles of children’s emotional and behavioural development alongside descriptions of everyday practice. It clearly explains how a child’s early experiences influence their particular behaviours towards different people and different situations.
Throughout the book, Maria Robinson considers the key characteristics of effective learning and shows how play is one of the key mechanisms that children use in their discovery of themselves and the world around them. These characteristics are then applied to integral aspects of early years practice to help practitioners to:
Emphasising the importance of understanding the theory that underpins children’s emotional development, this accessible text shows practitioners how they can use this knowledge to provide learning opportunities that nourish children’s thinking and creative skills.
1. Setting the Scene; 2. Play, Imitation and Exploration; 3. Learning to be Secure, Learning to Learn; 4. Self Awareness and the Growth of Empathy; 5. Observing and Reflecting on Children’s Developing Emotional Competence; 6. Engaging with Families; 7. Embracing Differences; Chapter 8. Can we hear the Voice of the Child?; Chapter 9. School Readiness
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
The Growing Child: Laying the foundations of active learning and physical health
The Social Child: Laying the foundations of relationships and language
The Feeling Child: Laying the foundations of confidence and resilience