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Will they hug my child?

Jun 17 2020

The image of a three-year-old standing in the middle of a Hula Hoop in order to social distance jars uncomfortably with the Early Years teacher. It challenges the idea of attachment which is one of the first child development theories all Early Years teachers learn as students. From the early work of British Psychologist, John Bowlby to modern neuroscientists such as Alison Gopnik we learn that creating a safe haven, where children can test their emotional boundaries supported by warm, sensitive and reassuring adults is crucial for children to develop healthy attachments and a powerful predictor of a child’s later social and emotional outcome. The theories of attachment have resulted in nursery practice which include the settling in procedure, the role of the “key person”, and the importance of transition.

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