1 Promoting wellbeing in young children’s care and education
As you have seen in previous sessions, there are many factors and resources within children’s lives that can make a positive contribution to their mental health. Education and care settings can provide an ideal environment for children to develop a good sense of wellbeing. And for children who are experiencing negative factors in their lives and have fewer resources available to support them, a pre-school or school setting can be a place of refuge. Well-ordered daily routines that are aimed at addressing and meeting all children’s needs, as well as policies and practice aimed at delivering high-quality care and education, play an important role in promoting positive wellbeing.
In much of this session, you will explore some of the strategies embedded within curricula for pre- and school-aged children that are aimed at supporting children’s wellbeing.
In the next section, you will look at how such strategies are embedded in pre-school curricula.