Connection and Early Attachment

Making positive connections – “The Connected Baby”

Human beings are born to connect. Babies are born ready to connect to other people. Their brains pay attention to the movements and facial expressions of those holding them. Their brains develop by the way in which other people respond to their need for attention. We connect throughout life. We know that our physical health, mental health, self-esteem and our ability to manage our behaviour link to our sense of belonging. The aim of connected baby is to help you understand this scientific knowledge. The discoveries shine light not only on our personal lives, but on the way we organise our whole society.

The following links and training opportunities may be useful to support your learning.

Connected Baby site

Suzanne Zeedyk site

‘Connected Baby’ courses accessible through Fife Council CLMS 

Connected Baby 1 – E&L3036 – The Connected Baby Series: Motorways in the Brain – the processes of Neural Development (Unit 1)

Connected Baby 2 – E&L3806 – The Connected Baby Series: Sabre Tooth Tigers and Teddy Bears: Understanding Attachment (Unit 2)

Connected Baby 3 – E&L3811 – The Connected Baby Series: “Connection in Action: Seeing Relationships in Everyday Settings” (Unit 3)


Forming strong and positive attachments

We need strong emotional and physical attachment to at least one caregiver. This supports our personal development. John Bowlby used the term as a result of his studies involving the development of children from various backgrounds.

Attachment is the emotional bond between the child and the parent. To understand the importance of this bond it is important to understand the different types of attachment.  We need to know how they develop, and the impact of this bond on young children’s development.

The following links may be useful to support your learning.

NHS attachment presentation

NHS briefing on attachment


The Soliuhull Approach

The Solihull Approach is an evidence based approach developed to help families support their children. A professional might offer support with feeding, sleeping or toileting issues. Sometimes workers may also help with behaviour difficulties. It is now used by a wide range of professionals from different agencies when working with families.

The Solihull Approach provides professionals with a way of thinking about children’s behaviour. This develops practice to support effective and consistent approaches across agencies. Research studies show that the use of this Approach leads to a reduction in parents’ anxiety.

The following links may be useful to support your learning.

Solihull Parenting site

Solihull on Fifedirect