Strong, positive relationships are considered the foundation of effective learning in the early years.
Relational pedagogies draw on the relationships, interactions, communication and interconnection of people, places and things in children’s sociocultural contexts to enhance and extend children’s learning and development.
Children’s learning and development is supported through close, caring and consistent relationships that promote trust and security. Relationships are the cornerstone of effective early childhood curriculum and pedagogy.
There is a wealth of evidence confirming the importance of strong, secure relationships as a basis for children’s effective learning and development, extending Bowlby’s development of attachment theory and linking strong attachment relationships to a range of long term positive outcomes for children. Recent neuroscience research demonstrates the impact of nurturing and responsive relationships on infants’ brain development.
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