Children’s Resilience: Working with the Early Years Learning Framework
Author(s): Pam Linke and Judy Radich
ECA Code: RIP 1004
Resilience is about the ability to deal with and succeed in difficult situations and events. Resilience is a mix of key skills and characteristics of a person and the social supports and environment in which they live.
It is generally understood as the capacity to recover or bounce back from setbacks in life. The scientific understanding of resilience is specifically developed in relation to young children who have experienced setbacks and is about what adults can do to help them make the most of their lives. Resilience provides the underpinning for all children to succeed in their education and in the rest of their lives.
Children’s resilience – Working with the Early Years Learning Framework helps parents and educators:
- describes resilience, its importance for all children and its particular significance for vulnerable children
- examines factors and processes that contribute to resilience
- considers risk factors which may mean that children need extra help with developing resilience
- identifies strategies for use in early childhood education and care settings and clearly links the EYLF with good ‘resilience practices.
This book also includes a ‘checklist for children’ for perceptions of resilience in children. This checklist can be helpful to educators who can use this in everyday practice. By using this checklist it can help to increase any strengths that you believe the child may need.
While these are practical guidebooks for educators, they maybe also be of interest to families and others who work closely with young children.