Using Intervention Mapping for child development and wellbeing programs in early childhood education and care settings

Amanda O'Connor, Claire Blewitt, Andrea Nolan, Helen Skouteris

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Abstract

Supporting children's social and emotional learning benefits all elements of children's development and has been associated with positive mental health and wellbeing, development of values and life skills. However, literature relating to the creation of interventions designed for use within the early childhood education and care settings to support children's social and emotional skills and learning is lacking. Intervention Mapping (IM) is a systematic intervention development framework, utilising principles centred on participatory co-design methods, multiple theoretical approaches and existing literature to enable effective decision-making during the development process. Early childhood pedagogical programs are also shaped by these principles; however, educators tend to draw on implicit knowledge when working with families. IM offers this sector the opportunity to formally incorporate theoretical, evidence-based research into the development of early childhood education and care social and emotional interventions. Emerging literature indicates IM is useful for designing health and wellbeing interventions for children within early childhood education and care settings. Considering the similar underlying principles of IM, existing applications within early childhood education and care and development of interventions beyond health behaviour change, it is recommended IM be utilised to design early childhood education and care interventions focusing on supporting children's social and emotional development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-63
Number of pages7
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Volume68
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Children's social and emotional development
  • Early childhood education and care
  • Intervention development
  • Intervention Mapping

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