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Young Children's Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Young Children's Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Fourth Edition

February 2018 | 264 pages | SAGE AdvantEDGE

Young children’s personal, social and emotional development is of central importance to all those working in the Early Years.


Offering thought-provoking questions and practical suggestions to help readers to reflect on and develop their own practice, this fourth edition of Marion Dowling’s much-loved book has been fully updated to include:

  •  Expanded coverage of key topics including independent thinking, living and learning with others, and dispositions for learning
  • A new chapter on ‘Vulnerable Children and Fragile Families’, with sections on identifying risk, talking to families, and safeguarding and protection
  • Guidance for working with parents in every chapter
  • Updated links to the EYFS and a focus on two year olds.


This is essential reading for all Early Years students and practitioners, and anyone working with or caring for young children. 

Foreword by Lilian Katz National References for Each Chapter
The Seeds of Confidence and Competence
Confidence and Competence for Learning
Living with Others
Learning with Others
Becoming Independent
Independent Thinkers
Emotional Well-being
Influences on Young Children’s Well-being
Dispositions for Learning
Nurturing Dispositions to Learn
Young Children’s Behaviour
Achieving Self-regulated Behaviour
Young Children’s Spirituality
Living in the Wider World
Working with Families
Vulnerable Children and Fragile Families

Marion Dowling

Marion Dowling was involved in the pre-school playgroup movement, taught in London and was headteacher of a state nursery school. She was an educational adviser in two local authorities, a member of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate, and has been involved in a number of government working parties on early years.  She now works as a trainer and consultant in the UK and overseas.Marion is an experienced author and is vice president of Early Education, a national charity.  More About Author

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ISBN: 9789352806003