Starting from birth, the attachment relationships of children with important adults provide the foundation for their social and emotional development.
While a child’s main attachment is usually with a parent, children are also able to develop strong attachments with other adults in their lives like childcare practitioners and grandparents.
Positive attachments provide a strong foundation for:
1. Developing a sense of inner confidence and self-efficacy
- Being able to make decisions or choices
2. Expressing curiosity and eagerness to explore the environment
- Asking questions
- Explores materials
3. Regulating emotions and behavior
- Able to label feelings, express appropriately
4. Enjoying harmony and pleasure in relationship with others, including peers
5. Having the capacity to build secure and enduring relationships throughout life
*all images are taken from Wix
August marks back to school and new children in groups. Here is an activity that can help the ECEs, caregiver/s or parents, and the other children to learn more about each other and appreciate our similarities and differences.
Flower activity – put child’s photo or name in the middle and each petal will represent a new thing we learned about the child (especially for those group with new children)
For home: Make one for each child or each person in the family
This can be a continuous activity and you can keep adding petals as you learn new things about each other.