1st Edition

Rethinking Attachment for Early Childhood Practice Promoting security, autonomy and resilience in young children

By Sharne A Rolfe Copyright 2004
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    Sharne Rolfe brings an excellent discussion of attachment principles, research and applications to an exceedingly important topic, the relationships between child care teachers/providers and young children. It is a important resource for the current and next generation of early childhood professionals and researchers, and it will be a key resource for the growing international discussion about child care teacher/provider and child relationships.'

    Helen H. Raikes, PhD, The Gallup Organization, and Society for Research in Child Development Consultant, Administration for Children and Families, USA

    a timely synthesis of current knowledge concerning attachment and its implications for contemporary practice.highly relevant for use in college and university early childhood programs and a valuable resource for directors and staff in children's services'

    Alan Hayes, Professor of Early Childhood Studies, Macquarie University

    particularly valuable in highlighting the crucial importance of taking a relationship-based approach when working with young children.'

    Pam Linke, Manager, Centre for Parenting, Child and Youth Health, South Australia

    This accessible and lively exploration of the importance of attachment for infants, young children and their parents, should be essential reading for all professional caregivers and for policy makers concerned with the mental health and well being of our future generation.'

    Ruth Schmidt Neven, Director, Centre for Child and Family Development

    In heated debates about whether childcare damages young children, attachment theory has been seen as anti-childcare'. Rolfe rethinks this perception, demonstrating instead that understanding attachment is essential to good childcare practice.

    Rethinking Attachment offers a thorough explanation of attachment theory and explains how security, autonomy and resilience in young children can be promoted in childcare settings through a sound understanding of attachment principles.

    With examples drawn from practice, Rolfe examines the relationships between children and their carers, between parents and carers, and between carers themselves. She also shows how secure attachment relationships with parents and carers influence transitions to childcare, preschool and school.

    Part 1: Introduction

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Part 2: The significance of attachment relationships

    Chapter 2: Attachment Theory

    Chapter 3: Internal working models

    Chapter 4: Quality of attachment

    Chapter 5: Attachment and resilience

    Part 3: Attachment through infancy and early childhood

    Chapter 6: Infancy and developing trust

    Chapter 7: Toddlerhood and becoming autonomous

    Chapter 8: The preschool years

    Chapter 9: Attachment and cognitive competence

    Part 4: Attachment issues

    Chapter 10: Separation experiences

    Chapter 11: Adult attachment issues

    Chapter 12: Cultural perspectives on attachment

    Chapter 13: When attachment needs are unmet

    Part 5: Conclusion

    Chapter 14: Rethinking attachment for early childhood policies and practices




    Sharne Rolfe is Senior Lecturer in Child Psychology in the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne, and coeditor of Doing Early Childhood Research.