Book review: Supporting Toddlers Wellbeing in Early Years Settings

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Editors: H. Sutherland & T. Mukadam
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-78592-262-6
£16.99

The authors are Senior Lecturers at Kingston University, with interests in initial teacher training, mental health, wellbeing and mindfulness in early years settings. In this book, they explore the context and definitions of wellbeing , drawing on both national and international perspectives, as well as encouraging  the reader to engage with the importance of reflective practice in supporting wellbeing within their setting. 
The editors are responsible for most of the chapters, with additional contributions from other experts in their fields. Chapters include; Setting Environments, Development and Learning, Expressions in Play, Early Languages and Future Vision: What Next?

Chapters include several reflective activities and conclude with extensive referencing. There is a strong emphasis on international comparisons with other countries such as Norway and Spain, in terms of the key factors that impact on toddlers’ wellbeing development, as well as their physical and mental health. They also highlight the need for early years’ practitioners to be knowledgeable about individual needs, learning differences and disabilities. 

This book sets out to provide the reader with practical guidance,  case studies and suggested strategies to support practitioners in implementing effective practice in their settings. They use the reflective activities to raise an awareness of the diverse factors that influence individual development, drawing on a wide range of sources from theory and practice internationally.

This book encourages professional development and responsibility in meeting the diverse needs of very young children.

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