Nurturing Personal, Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood
272 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:21 Sep 2017

Nurturing Personal, Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood

A Practical Guide to Understanding Brain Development and Young Children’s Behaviour

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

This direct guide supports practitioners in nurturing personal, social and emotional development (PSED) in young children by demystifying brain development research. 

Condensing a wealth of recent research and theory around PSED into practical guidance, it gives professionals the knowledge and understanding they need to critically evaluate their own practice and find the best course of action to support PSED in young children. From the perspective of neuroscience, it explores what can help or hinder development, considers why some children bite and why toddlers have tantrums, and questions how well-intentioned actions, such as reward systems or putting new foods on a plate for children to 'just try', may be misguided.

RELATED TOPICS: Development Studies, Education
This book is designed to challenge thinking and aid reflective practice, to consider whether current practices are fit-for-purpose, and whether you are fully supporting young children. This is accomplished through debate on theory, case studies and numerous examples of best practice.
The final chapter brings everything together by looking at how the theory of the preceding chapters can be turned into lifelong practice. This is an excellent book that will both challenge and inspire you.
Early Years Educator (EYE)
In this stimulating and provocative book Debbie Garvey has provided inspiring and practical narratives, underpinned by neuroscientific evidence and a clear values set, which creates a reflective and action focused agenda for all those who work with young children. I believe anyone who reads this book will be inspired and motivated to challenge and extend their thinking and professional practice, adopting the critical and nurturing stance which lies at the heart of quality services for children and families.
Professor Chris Pascal, Director, Centre for Research in Early Childhood
In this remarkable book, Debbie Garvey has brilliantly analysed both the reasons and the techniques for nurturing PSED. From theory and neuroscience to lifelong practice via well meaning, wellbeing and the importance of listening, Debbie explains it all in a thoroughly engaging, affable style. Most importantly, she inspires genuine, and sometimes challenging, self-reflection on practice, using some novel, intriguing and effective methods.
Kathy Brodie, Early Years Professional and Trainer
Debbie Garvey is an active trainer, writer and speaker on the subjects of leadership, mentoring, team building and reflective practice, and the roles these play in quality improvement for early years settings. She was a founder member of the National Quality Improvement Network, managed by the National Children's Bureau, and is founder of Stonegate Training Consultancies, which provides training and advocacy designed to improve quality provision for children, young people and families.

Foreword by Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk




1. Brain Development, Neuroscience and PSED

2. Influences on PSED

3. Well-Meaning?

4. Promoting Children's Wellbeing

5. The Importance of Listening

6. Theory into Lifelong Practice

Endnote: Reflecting on Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Appendix: Reflective Action Plan for Practice (RAPP)


Subject Index

Author Index

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