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Relationship, Relationship, Relationship - or Why Attachment & Relationships Are Important To ... Just About Everything!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Applicable to: 
Early Years Practitioners
Event Type: 
per person
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This day course provides an opportunity to explore aspects of attachment theory and its continued relevance in care and education in the early years. There will be a balance of theory, neuroscience and real life examples of how early attachment experiences impact on development and wellbeing, along with opportunities for discussion and sharing of practice.

Participants will have the opportunity to consider:

• Theory and practice in relation to the physical, emotional, social and intellectual developmental needs of babies and young children;
• The impact of early attachment experiences on brain development, behaviour, self-regulation, executive function and resilience;
• Potential challenges posed by levels of insecure attachment, to the individual - and society as a whole;
• The importance of the key person approach and ‘attachment aware’ practice;
• The particular attachment needs of children in care/adopted children and their families;
• Practical ways of promoting and maintaining relationship and 'good enough' attachments for all children.


Trainer(s): Anne O'Connor

Anne O’Connor is an experienced EYFS practitioner and leader with many years’ experience teaching in inner city London. She now lives in Lancaster and has been an independent consultant, trainer and writer for several years, contributing articles and features regularly for Nursery World. Her publications include A Unique Child: Health and Wellbeing for Practical Pre-school Books (2014) and Understanding Transitions: supporting change through attachment and resilience (Routledge 2nd Ed 2017). Anne founded Primed for Life Training Associates (www.primedforlife.co.uk) and has published ‘Understanding Physical Development: Linking bodies and minds (Routledge 2016) with co-founder Anna Daly. Anne also co-chairs her local branch of Early Education. And finally…Anne is an experienced adoptive parent with an insider’s perspective on the extremes of attachment-related issues!