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Understanding Children's Behaviour: Attachment and Relationships

‘Children learn about themselves through their relationships with others. It is from other people that they learn what they are good at and what they are bad at and whether they are lovable or unlovable, a misery or a ray of sunshine, clever or stupid. Wanted or not wanted.’

Birth to Three Matters (2004)


Target Audience
Professional workforce who work with and support young children and their families.

Course Content

  • an overview and introduction to attachment relationships

  • an opportunity to reflect on attachment styles and attachment behaviours

  • a developing understanding of how attachment relationships affect children’s personal, social and emotional development, behaviour and learning

  • reflection on some ways that adults can actively develop a strong attachment relationship with children

  • some DVD footage and case study materials.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, it is expected that participants will understand: 

  • how children become confident and independent by having close bonds with key people in their lives the impact of attachment on children’s sense of themselves

  • what it means to be a key person or a significant person in a child’s life

  • ways of developing relationships with the children and in guiding the children as they form relationships with peers and others.



Date  Time  Venue 
13th June 2018 1.30 - 4.30 Saltwells EDC
24th October 2018 1.30 - 4.30 Saltwells EDC
17th January 2019 1.30 - 4.30 Saltwells EDC
15th May 2019 1.30 - 4.30 Saltwells EDC