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Children's Programs - Attachment and Primary Caregiving
All our early childhood programs use a primary caregiving model. Each child and their family are allocated a primary caregiver who works towards establishing a warm, secure relationship with the child and a partnership with the parents. The primary caregiver ensures each child's needs and routines are met, taking a key role in feeding, sleeping, changing, noticing, wondering and playing with each child. The primary caregiver also has responsibility for communicating with each family, making links to home culture and contexts and documenting each child's learning.
Through this model, children and families settle into the Centre and develop a sense of trust and reciprocity with the primary caregiver, other educators and the environment. This enables children to feel safe, secure and valued and encourages and supports further interactions, exploration and relationship-building with other educators, children and the wider Centre community.
Primary caregivers strive to become a secure base to support children's exploration and learning. Primary caregivers consider children holistically and are respectful of children's rights and developing emotional and social skills.