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Loving relationships between nursery staff and babies helps babies' brains to grow

Article By: Sue Learner, News Editor

Loving and responsive relationships between nursery staff and babies enables babies’ brains to grow and has a huge impact on children’s emotional wellbeing, according to a new book.

‘Patterns of Care’ published by the , weaves together evidence from neuroscience, psychology and educational theory showing how crucial it is for early years practitioners to have secure relationships with the babies they care for.

“It is how we relate to babies and children on a day to day basis, how we respond to them, how we make them feel good within and about themselves that is critical for their healthy emotional growth.

“Recent advances in neuroscientific research underpin what childcarers instinctively know, and the science now shows us why love is such an essential nutrient for our babies’ brains.

“The attention we need to pay to the importance of prioritising secure attachments for children in early years settings is a challenge for providers and practitioners, and one that we must rise to meet if we are to provide care for babies and very young children that truly meets their needs,” said a spokesman for the Pre-School Learning Alliance.

Relational pedagogy is an approach to care and learning based on the importance of relationships for babies and young children, recognising parents as first educators and the importance of communicative and respectful relationships between parents and carers within the setting.

Early years practitioners whether they working in a nursery or as childminders contribute to children’s emotional wellbeing in very real ways and can make a positive difference in young children’s lives.

‘Patterns of Care’ explores how the brain develops from the early stages of pregnancy, through to the first few years of life; what supports its optimum growth and what factors pose risks for brain health.

The focus moves on to how the brain is wired to respond to emotional stimuli and how this affects emotional regulation and behaviour, as well as the optimum conditions for promoting pro-social behaviour and how to support children who express themselves through negative behaviour. Communication and language development is also looked at and how relationships support this.


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