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Social Skills in the Early Years

Social Skills in the Early Years
Supporting Social and Behavioural Learning

First Edition
  • Kay Mathieson - Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership, Croydon

112 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Do you need to help young children in your care improve their social, emotional and behavioral skills? This user-friendly book will offer you suggested strategies and sensible advice, based on what is realistic and achievable in practice. The book offers guidance on the following:

  • Social skills
  • Language skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Training
Working in Educare
Helping Young Children Learn
Dealing with Conflict
Grown-Ups Make a Difference!
Teaching and Learning about Behaviour
A Framework for Developing Effective Strategies

`there is much to draw on, especially references to the language that practitioners use, the importance of being reflective and conflict being seen as an opportunity for learning. This book… can be a useful reference for practitioners and Level 2/3 tutors to dip into' - Under 5

`This book will be invaluable for anyone wishing to improve or update their understanding of children's social and behavioural learning - whether experienced or newly qualified practitioners' - Early Education

'This book will be invaluable for all those wishing to improve or update their understanding of children's social and behavioural learning, whether experienced or newly qualified practitioners. It can be used as a training resource either for individuals or groups (there is an easy to use training sessions at the end of each chapter.) Time is taken to explain the need for adults as well as children to be given a safe forum in which to share thinking and ideas. They are described as having similar difficulties and fears to those of the children and, sometimes, the same low self-esteem.

References to the importance of high quality of adult child interaction occur throughout the book and good practice in this area is clearly identified and outlined, particularly the need to recognise and work with children in a shared learning environment as 'learning companions' in a

'professional respectful relationship' The book gives a positive up beat picture of the role of the professional, with no place for those who are not excited and 'joyful' at the prospect of supporting children on 'their journey through the day.'

The book outlines some skills and strategies for helping children such as 'can do' plans and breaking down tasks into small steps, and suggests that we, as adult learners, can do this too' - Meg Marshall, Training Manager, Early Education

The book gives some good ideas that can be used during seminars. However, as it was published in 2005, it does not reflect the current state/policy and legislation/framework of EY.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
March 1, 2016

This book is a great learning aid for those really wanting to make a difference to the children in their setting.
Full of strategies to help practitioners to develop and promote social skills.
The book is designed to be used to develop training session, this could develop good practice and support the implementation of appropriate policies.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Childcare & Early Years, Sheffield College
September 23, 2013

This book will help all childcare students who are working towards a qualification that will enable them to work unsupervised with young children.
It is invaluable for those who want to update their understanding of children's social behaviour and learning. recommended for new practitioners and those wishing to keep up to date with developments in children's social learning.

Mrs Helen Middleton
Caring, Cardiff and Vale College
June 30, 2013

A useful text for practitioners wanting to improve their practice.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Newport School of Education, University of Wales, Newport
June 14, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 3: Dealing with Conflict

Kay Mathieson

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