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Nurturing Personal, Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood

Nurturing Personal, Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood

Debbie Garvey | Dr Suzanne Zeedyk



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.

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

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Nurturing Personal, Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood: A Practical Guide to Understanding Brain Development and Young Children’s Behaviour by Debbie Garvey 3
Foreword by Dr Suzanne Zeedyk 9
Acknowledgements 15
Preface 17
Introduction 23
1. Brain Development, Neuroscience and PSED 29
2. Influences on PSED 57
3. Well-meaning? 118
4. Promoting children’s Wellbeing 157
5. The Importance of Listening 193
6. Theory into Lifelong Practice 213
Endnote: Reflecting on Personal, Social and Emotional Development 234
Appendix: Reflective Action Plan for Practice (RAPP) 244
Bibliography 248
Subject Index 265
Author Index 269
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