Babies and young children’s development is closely tied to the quality of the relationships that they have with others and especially the key person within their early years settings. Usually babies and toddlers do no like to be separated from their parents or primary carer, and therefore it is important that babies and young children are supported by a key person in their setting who will act as a temporary substitute for the care, love and attention that is usually provided by the parent. When the key person system works well within a setting, both parents and children are able to feel comfortable and relaxed during their time apart.
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They have an acute awareness of your presence, for example looking up at you from time to time, responding to your voice and following your movements.
CYPOP1-3.3 Analyse the possible effects of poor quality attachments on the development of babies and children
Poor quality attachments can have a huge effect on the development of babies and children. Its been well researched since the 1960s that poor quality attachments in relation to parents causes a lot of harm but now research also shows that poor quality settings can also harm children.
Effects on social and emotional development and emotional security
Strong secure attachments help babies and children’s emotional development as they learn to trust others. Where young children have a series of broken attachments or unsatisfactory ones, they begin to show antisocial behaviour and aggressiveness. There is evidence to suggest that poor attachments may be linked to youth crime later on in life.
Effects on ability to settle, take risks and make the most of learning opportunities
Children who have strong attachments find it easier to become independent and confident. Children who have had successful separations from their parents are more likely to cope with transitions, for example moving up a class, moving school or moving house. Children who have had an unsuccessful time and who have been