Including spiritual learning in early childhood education and care
Spirituality has been linked with improvements in mental health and resilience, as well as improving the ability to cope with stress and adversity. Currently, Australian youth is experiencing an increase in mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. This is one of the compelling reasons that spirituality should be viewed as a priority in early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings throughout the country.
This Research in Practice Series title will help educators in:
- defining spirituality
- forming links with the National Quality Standard and the Early Years Learning Framework
- embedding spiritual learning in their settings
- prompting reflection through questions and case studies
- identifying potential challenges
- considering examples of spiritual practices in a range of current ECEC settings.
The book provides practical guidelines on the process of embedding spiritual learning into ECEC settings. The information is guided by current research and draws on a range of examples in practice from Australia and overseas. The book considers the necessity of spirituality in a time when technological developments are creating a dynamic and unpredictable future. To help our children to not just cope but flourish within this climate, we need to strengthen their spiritual characteristics by giving them the relevant tools and strategies.