This comprehensive book for early childhood educators explores the various factors that influence the development of a physically and psychologically healthy and safe lifestyle for infants, toddlers, and young children. Physical and psychological health and safety are critical to the education of today's children. This book presents information, practical knowledge, and skills to develop positive attitudes in children and early childhood professionals by emphasizing the role of family and culture in child development. The Young Child and the Environment expands on the foundation of developmentally appropriate physical activity, with chapters on topics such as movement development, physical fitness, nutrition, safety in the early childhood learning environment, and the responsibility of parents and communities in developing healthy attitudes and lifestyles for the young. For anyone interested in early childhood education and physical education.
This title includes a number of Open Access chapters. The rate of identification of children with neurobiological disabilities has been on the increase in recent years. Millions of dollars in research are being spent to understand the factors influencing these increases. The articles within this compendium shed vital light on this issue, confirming that various "ordinary" chemical hazards—of the sort encountered by countless children in their everyday lives—are having serious impacts on development. This volume investigates the impact of exposure to tobacco smoke, household chemicals, lead, agricultural toxins, and flame retardants.