As childcare educators, we love forming a special bond with the children in our care. We love seeing their individual milestones, watching them grow and develop and being a part of their memories for years to come.
But this bond has an even bigger impact on your child than it does on us, and can significantly enhance their physical and emotional development. The importance of the bond a child forms with their educators cannot be underestimated.
A healthy bond creates a sense of belonging
When children are in an environment they perceive to be safe and familiar, it gives them confidence, and with confidence comes a greater ability to learn, grow and develop.
Educators have the ability to promote the self esteem of the child, particularly when the children are not afraid to reach out and ask for help. Their sense of belonging comes from being in a positive, nurturing environment where they know they will have all their primal physical and emotional needs met.
Consistency in the bond promotes brain development
A consistent child-educator bond supports healthy brain development and sets the child up for long-term success. If your child always has a familiar face to greet them every time they are dropped off at daycare, and have the same 2-3 educators caring for them every time, the consistency and bond remains stable.
At our childcare centre, we understand the immense importance of this consistency, so always employ permanent staff rather than casuals. It helps form and maintain the special bonds we make with the children.
A great bond helps the child learn social skills
When a child has a consistent, positive relationship with an educator or carer other than their parents, it teaches them a number of things.
- They learn to trust the outside world, learn to adapt and learn to accept that things change
- They become stronger and more flexible in their communication skills, and learn to accept feedback and discipline from someone other than a parent
- They learn that they are an individual who is separate to their parents and siblings, and this helps them create their sense of identity
Positive bonds and the Attachment Theory
The Attachment Theory is based on the notion that a strong emotional and physical attachment to at least one primary caregiver is critical to the personal development of a child.
Research into this theory has shown that nurturing relationships alter the brain chemistry of a baby and child and can enhance brain development. Without such relationships in place, a great deal of developmental energy is spent in the search for stability and security. In general, children (and adults) without such attachments are fearful and less willing to seek out and learn from new experiences.
By contrast, a child with a strong positive attachment to a parent or educator knows they have someone they can trust, so tend to be more adventurous and eager for new experiences (which are vital for learning and development).
The relationship a child develops with their educators has a profound influence on their behaviour, now and in the future. That’s why it’s so important for the parents and educators to work together to support the development of the child. A great start to daycare with the formation of positive relationships creates a life-long love of learning and respect for others.
Speak to us today about our childcare values and philosophies, and how we ensure the development of the children in our care.