Attachment and shared care

In an early years setting, a child’s key person will become a familiar figure while their primary attachment figure is away during the day. Jack's dad has just dropped him off at nursery. Laura, a practitioner Jack knows well, welcomed him as his key person Rose wasn't available. Rose has just come in. Note how the practitioners work together, and how Jack responds.

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Child-caregiver attachments are crucial for development. Jack is able to explore and learn freely, confident that there is a safe base to return to. What are your thoughts on effective shared care? What are the benefits for practitioners, parents and children?

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