Providing an Environment to Promote the Emotional Security of Babies

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All of the frameworks recognize that children’s emotional security plays a vital part not only in their ability to develop but in their overall health. It also affects a child’s relationships throughout life. In terms of practice it means that a setting needs to provide an environment where children’s attachment needs are satisfied. John Bowlby’s ‘Attachment theory’ research showed that it is particularly important for babies to develop a strong attachment with a primary carer by whom they are not only physically cared for but with whom they feel the closeness and emotional security. This kind of attachment provides the baby with sense of security, promotes communication and expression of feelings. According to Bowlby the attachment relationship gives the secure foundation for ‘exploring the world’ and learning self regulation. A number of studies have connected the quality of attachments to the quality of child’s self concept and personal identity. Babies could not develop a positive view of themselves without getting appreciation, encouragement and positive reactions from those who care for them. In this type of emotional security babies are keen on communicating, they are powerfully motivated and use their whole body and senses. (David, 2003) Therefore, it is crucially important for babies to develop a strong relationship with a ‘key person’ who supports them emotionally and gives them stability throughout the baby’s stay in the setting. EYFS (in England) states that it is a specific legal requirement for all children (0-5 years) in childcare setting to have a key person. Before separation takes place there should be a settling in time given to the baby during which he/she becomes relaxed and familiar with the setting and builds a relationship with the key person. (Tassoni, 2010) The key person’s role is to have a special relationship with the baby and
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