Rethinking attachment: fostering positive relationships between infants, toddlers and their primary caregivers

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Ebbeck, Marjory and Yim, Hoi Yin Bonnie. 2009. "Rethinking attachment: fostering positive relationships between infants, toddlers and their primary caregivers." Early Child Development and Care. 179 (7), pp. 899-909.
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Rethinking attachment: fostering positive relationships between infants, toddlers and their primary caregivers

ERA Journal ID20172
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsEbbeck, Marjory (Author) and Yim, Hoi Yin Bonnie (Author)
Journal TitleEarly Child Development and Care
Journal Citation179 (7), pp. 899-909
Number of Pages11
Year2009
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0300-4430
1476-8275
Web Address (URL)http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/ftinterface~content=a791466423~fulltext=713240930
Abstract

This article provides a synthesis of current theory and research in relation to attachment between infants/toddlers and their caregivers. Worldwide statistics show that there are a significant number of women working in the global labour market. In Australia, recent research also found that over 300,000 children aged 0–5 years are currently attending long day child care, and a child can spend up to 12,500 hours in child care before
starting school (based on attendance of 50 hours per week for five years). In order to understand the importance of developing secure relationships that build on the first
transition from home to child-care centre, semi-structured interviews were conducted to collect views from parents and child-care staff. Results showed that most participants in the sample were in favour of using a primary caregiver approach. Implications for the implementation of this approach will be discussed.

Keywordsprimary caregivers; attachment; infants; toddlers
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
390302. Early childhood education
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