The Social Child
Laying the foundations of relationships and language
By Toni Buchan
Series Editor: Pamela May
Routledge – 2013 – 114 pages
Series: Foundations of Child Development
What helps babies and young children develop proficient social skills? How do children's early relationships and social interactions influence their future emotional resilience and wellbeing?
The Social Child thoughtfully discusses the key principles of children’s social development alongside descriptions of everyday practice. It aims to provide the reader with a rich understanding of the social skills and relationships that children develop as well as their discovery of communication and language.
The book explores the importance of developing genuine, trusted and reciprocal relationships with babies and young children and shows how a child’s intrinsic drive to be social can be nourished and supported. Throughout the book, the author emphasises the importance of play in developing children‘s relationships and language skills and aims to help practitioners to:
Emphasising the importance of understanding the theory that underpins children’s social development, this accessible text shows practitioners how they can use this knowledge to provide learning opportunities that nourish children’s emerging communication and social skills.
1. Setting the Scene; 2. Play, Imitation and Exploration; 3. Active Learning, Learning to be Sociable; 4. Creating Sociable Language; 5. Seeing Children Talk; 6. Engaging with Families; 7. Embracing Differences; 8. The Links of Language; 9. Ready for School, Prepared for Life?
Toni Buchan has been awarded a Masters in Educational Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, and continues to lecture in Early Years and Child Development.