Acknowledgements. Foreword by Louise Bomber. Introduction: About this Resource. 1. Child Development in the Early Years. 2. Recognising the Emotional Needs of Children in Early Years Settings. 3. Understanding Emotional Needs through Knowledge of Attachment Theory. 4. Introducing the Observation Checklist. 5. Detailed Guidance for Completing the Checklist Section by Section. 6. Worked Examples of the Observation Checklist: Emily and Sam. 7. Analysis of Information: Interpreting the Completed Checklist. 8. Worked Examples of Interpreting the Checklist and Support Plans: Emily and Sam. 9. Helping the Child with Attachment Difficulties in Early Years Settings. 10. Helping the Child with Different Attachment Styles in Early Years Settings. 11. Supporting the Emotional Needs of Children with Attachment Difficulties. 12. Supporting Children with Multiple Difficulties. Appendix 1. Observation Checklist. Appendix 2. Attachment Theory and Early Years Settings. Appendix 3. Glossary. Appendix 4. Glossary for UK Education System. Appendix 5. Bibliography and Websites. References.
An essential tool to help professionals identify attachment difficulties in preschool children aged 2-5, and to help them provide appropriate support
Kim S. Golding is a consultant clinical psychologist with a special interest in parenting. She was involved in the setting up and evaluation of an inter-agency project in Worcestershire, UK, which is now part of the Integrated Service for Looked After Children (ISL). She is author of Observing Children with Attachment Difficulties in School, Creating Loving Attachments (co-authored with Daniel A. Hughes) and Nurturing Attachments. Jain Fain is an early years practitioner for ISL, supporting the transition of children from early years settings into school. Ann Frost works in early years and education for ISL, supporting looked after and adopted children by raising awareness of their additional needs in schools and early years settings. Sian Templeton is an educational psychologist. Previously, she taught in primary education. Eleanor Durrant is currently completing a doctorate in clinical psychology, with a special interest in attachment.
This is a very useful resource for all managers and key persons,
and includes not only checklists but also an overview of children's
development and action plans for their effective support... This
book, therefore, is primarily a welcome guide to deeper
understanding of young children and their relationships with their
prime carers. -- Montessori International
This book is a really comprehensive guide to observing, assessing and working with children with attachment issues in early years... Written specifically with preschool settings in mind, it makes reference to the importance of the key person approach and provides good, practical ideas on how this can be used to support children with these difficulties. -- Teach Nursery
[W]ith increasing numbers of [staff] now becoming aware of the impact of relational trauma and loss upon the capacities of children in their care, tools such as those recommended here are welcomed. This book provides clear descriptors of some of the possible vulnerabilities around for these children and a framework through which to make sense of these vulnerabilities with an attachment focus... Dr Golding and her colleagues have made a significant contribution to inclusive practice by contributing this book.'Much of what these children need to learn can't be learnt alone through text books. They need you and me. Relationships matter. Let's take up our responsibility in ensuring that these children experience healthy secure attachment in our care so that they can be all that they can and want to be, making valuable contributions towards our shared society.-- From the Foreword by Louise Bomber, Attachment Support Teacher Therapist