Connection & early attachment

Making positive connections – The Connected Baby

Babies are born ready to connect with other people. Their brains pay attention to the movements and facial expressions of those holding them, and develop according to the way in which people respond to their needs.

Human beings connect throughout life. Our physical health, mental health, self-esteem and ability to manage our behaviour are closely linked to our sense of belonging.

The aim of Connected Baby is to help individuals understand this scientific knowledge. The discoveries shine light, not only on our personal lives, but on the way in which we organise our whole society.

The following links and training opportunities may be useful:

Connected Baby

Suzanne Zeedyk

Connected Baby Courses (Available: Fife Council CLMS)

Connected Baby 1 – The Connected Baby Series: Motorways in the Brain – Processes of Neural Development (Unit 1)

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

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

Forming strong & positive attachments

Attachment is the emotional bond between a child and a parent. John Bowlby used the term following his studies involving the development of children from various backgrounds. According to Bowlby, we need strong emotional and physical attachment to at least one caregiver.

It is important to understand the different types of attachment, how they develop, and the impact this bond can have on children’s development.

The following links may support your learning in this area:

NHS Attachment Presentation

NHS Briefing on Attachment

The Solihull Approach

The Solihull Approach is an evidence-based approach initially developed to help families support their children. Additionally, Solihull provides professionals with a way of thinking about children’s behaviour, allowing for effective and consistent approaches across agencies.

The following link may be useful:

Solihull Parenting