How Relationships Impact on Children’s Behaviour in Early Learning and Care

Citation
Barnardos. (2023). How Relationships Impact on Children’s Behaviour in Early Learning and Care. https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.13085/1305
Abstract
Everything that a child does, all of their behaviour, is a communication of what the child is thinking and how the child is feeling. Many different factors will influence this behaviour including the child’s individual temperament, their stage of development and how comfortable they are in their environment. The most significant impact on a child’s behaviour, however, comes from the relationships they have with the important adults in their life. When these relationships are consistent, empathic and connected, and are based on caring, responsive and attuned interactions, children feel secure and that they feelings and their needs matter. This is key to a child’s emotional and social wellbeing and development, and to supporting and guiding their behaviour. This resource supports those working with young children in an Early Learning and Care (ELC) setting to better understand children’s behaviour. It explores how, by building and maintaining trusting relationships with them, we can help children to learn how to manage and express their big feelings, how to self-regulate and how to behave in situations of stress and conflict.