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Primary Caregiver Approach

Adopting the primary caregiver approach to meet the needs of children and families

Primary Caregiver Approach gives practical advice on: the importance of attachment for children's emotional wellbeing; implications for educators and the need for a primary caregiver system in group settings; details of the role of a primary caregiver for children and their families; dealing with uncertainty about how the primary caregiver system should work; and, how managers can support educators in their primary caregiver role.

Ages: 0-7 | Pages: 54 | Code: TS0213 | ISBN: 9781921613524

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Jennie Lindon

Jennie Lindon is well known as an early years consultant and author. She has been a prolific writer, offering a welcome blend of knowledge of child development with a practical understanding of the role of early years educators.

Liz Rouse

Liz Rouse is a lecturer in early childhood education at Deakin University.


A focus on positive relationships5
The development of attachment5
Emotional wellbeing in early years settings8
The primary caregiver approach as normal practice9
The role of the primary caregiver10
The primary caregiver approach in practice13
Building a relationship with families13
The settling-in process16
A personal relationship with children and families18
Shared decision-making22
Small group times24
Leading the primary caregiver approach31
A system that works for children31
When do you choose the primary caregiver?32
Dealing with flexible attendance33
Who do you choose?34
Enabling a positive relationship with families36
Supporting transitions41
Transition to a new primary caregiver44
Attachment within the family45
The role of the educational leader in supporting practice47
A pattern of support49