Understanding emotional resilience in early childhood

Written by: Mine Conkbayir
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

To measure or not to measure? That is the question, at least it is when it comes to a young child’s mental health and wellbeing? The pressures children are under will have a detrimental impact long-term.

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Key points

  • We seem to have reached another ideological crossroads in the field of early years education and care, with practitioners being instructed to work from one extreme to another
  • On the one hand, Ofsted recommends, with renewed vigour, that practitioners must prioritise reading and other academic skills, because this is ‘at the heart of every successful curriculum’
  • This is at odds with the likes of the distinguished Sir Anthony Seldon, who warns us that if children’s wellbeing is not used in league table indicators for measuring wellbeing in our schools, we are heading for an epidemic of mental health issues in children and young people
  • I think the epidemic is already here, with 720,000 children and young people currently experiencing a mental health problem in England and a 27 percent jump in hospital admissions for self-harm by children aged three to nine-years-old in England, in just five years

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