A Book Review Of The Child Care And Development Handbook By Floeline M. Westaway

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It goes further, however. Good child care is more than just taking kids to daycare or a park. It’s gently leading children through the learning experience and the world around them.

This book describes the cultural differences in the provision and types of child care and early childhood development care by reference to the social history and current context in which they evolved. For example, whereas some cultures see large families and domestic bliss, others are more continental in their outlook. Many are more secular, leaning toward philosophies like materialism or skepticism regarding God. There are also some very rural cultures with practices quite unique. A good child care and development book would seek to provide a broad overview of how child care and development works in various cultures and situations.

Early Intervention

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The author interviews people whose children have undergone successful early care and development programs and talks about the lessons learned along the way. She includes a chapter on “early intervention”, a necessity if we want to ensure that our children’s needs are met from birth. After reading this lively and engaging book, I felt ready to go out and do a bit of child development myself. That’s what I found in Reading is Coaching: How One Mom Can Help Raise Healthy, Sensible Children.

In this book, Leanne Westaway writes about the importance of listening to your child. I’ve heard parents say this before, but it is especially true when parents must work. Listening is important because kids don’t always hear what they want to hear. Parents have to be willing to really listen and respond when their children are talking. Reading is Coaching helps parents get those two skills down.

A Series Of Vignettes

At the start of the book, Westaway introduces a series of vignettes about children and what they’re up to. You’ll have a hard time not reading them, as each vignette is full of fun activities designed to stimulate the child’s mind. The vignettes lead up to an activity that you must read, one that allows you to put together the puzzle pieces to create the story.

As the vignettes come to a close, the last activity takes you back to read some child-centered advice. Reading to your child has to be an enjoyable part of daily life, and the book talks about how parents must read with their child. It offers practical advice for reading to children, including what books are good and which ones might not be helpful. 

Charts And Graphs

It also talks about the importance of phonemic awareness, which is “finger on the pulse” for reading. Westaway includes a lot of charts and graphs, which she uses to show her findings about what she’s discovered about how kids develop. There are also charts about various vignettes, and each depicts something that parents should know about. 

Westaway has used research from around the world to create this great book. She looks into what we know about how kids develop, and she puts it in simple terms so that parents can understand their child. This is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about Child Care and Development.

Final Words

Parents will find that this is a very good resource. It takes you into the developmental stages of your child and shows you what to expect. Westaway does a wonderful job of presenting information about development and child care. This is a great book for anyone who wants to read up on child development and understand how the process works. Anyone who reads this book will find it extremely helpful in understanding the process.

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