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 Developing Empathy in the Early Years

Developing Empathy in the Early Years

A Guide for Practitioners

Helen Garnett

Quick Overview

This accessible, hands-on guide offers practical advice for those working with young children on developing their empathetic practice and fostering empathetic settings. It explains how to use simple teaching methods, games and stories to promote empathetic behaviour in children.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 8.50in x 5.51in / 216mm x 140mm, 224pp
ISBN: 9781785921438
2017, ePUB, 216pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-418-2
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Empathy is an essential part of being human: it allows us to connect with others, which in turn opens doors for us to happiness and success. Though everyone is born with an inherent capacity for empathy, children have the power to grow and re-build their natural supply, and even 'learn' to be more understanding towards others.

This pithy and practical guide provides early years professionals with the tools to make empathy the foundation for their work. It reveals where the roots of empathy lie, how to prioritise it in practice, and how it manifests itself in young developing brains. It includes simple teaching strategies and creative ideas for empathy-building games and activities, enabling you to help children grow up as happier, friendlier, more thoughtful individuals. This book is an essential resource for anyone working with small children.


'How wonderful - finally a passionate, scholarly yet practical book focusing solely on the pivotal importance of adults understanding and developing empathy in very young children. Helen Garnett has contributed an exciting seminal book which deserves very serious attention from the world of Early Years practitioners and parents. It is that rare creature - a book that balances excellent research into empathy with excellent practical ways of putting all the ideas into practice. It is a 'must-have' for all people wanting the best future for children.'
- Jenny Mosley, previously a lecturer on a Master’s in Education, author and Early Years Consultant

'This is the perfect book for early years practitioners who want to better understand the importance of empathy.'
- Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, Development Psychologist, Research Scientist, Founder of connected baby

'This is a powerful, passionate and practical appeal to humanize education for the sake of all of our children.'
- Sir Ken Robinson, Educator, New York Times Best Selling Author


Click here to download the Reinforcement Inventory from the Appendix.