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Attachment Theory: The Impact it has on Child Development

CPD certified online training Included in membership

This course will teach you all about Attachment theory, a psychological theory developed by British psychologist Dr John Bowlby. Attachment theory is a key child development theory which impacts on how children learn and develop. It is essential that time is taken to form secure attachments with children when they first join your setting because without these being in place, children will not achieve deep levels of learning and consequently brain development.


About this module

This course looks at how attachment has such a big impact on children's learning and development overall. We explain how secure attachments can impact on a child's wellbeing levels and how this effects their involvement in activities within the setting through Ferre Laevers wellbeing and involvement scales.

The theory suggests that infants and young children have an innate drive to seek proximity to their primary caregivers for safety and security, and that the quality of these early attachments can have long-term effects on social and emotional development.

Research has shown that the positive outcomes of secure attachment for children are:

  • Self confidence
  • Positive self-esteem
  • Resilience to stress
  • Ability to form meaningful relationships
  • The capacity to care for others and to be cared for

All Childminding UK online training supports the use of Browser Extensions for translation and Dyslexia support. If you currently use a Browser Extension you can be confident that you will be able to use it while completing your training.

Topics covered

  • What is attachment theory?
  • Why is attachment important?
  • Attachment theory and brain development
  • Attachment theorists
  • Characteristics and components of attachment
  • Secure and insecure attachments
  • Reactive attachment disorder
  • Repairing an insecure attachment
  • Development of attachment and the key person approach
  • The key person role
  • Separation anxiety
  • Promoting successful transitions for children
  • How can practitioners aim to develop and support attachment?

This module is included as part of:

About CPD Accreditation

Step one

Once successfully completed we'll send your name, email address and details of this module to the CPD Accreditation Service.

Step two

The CPD Accreditation Service will email you a certificate showing the number of CPD hours you have earned.

Step three

You can store or print the certificate as a record of your Continuing Professional Development.

About this online training

How long do I have to complete the training?

This module will be available for one year from the date of purchase and can be accessed and completed as many times as needed during that period.

After one year, access can be purchased again at a discounted rate

This module is included as part of membership and available at no extra cost for the lifetime of the memebership.

Can I buy this training as a gift?

Yes, but please make sure you create a new account for the recipient and purchase whilst logged into that account. This ensures certificates are issued in the correct name.