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Providing an accessible introduction to attachment thinking, this practical bookoffers early years practitioners advice on implementing attachment principles in their setting. It clearly explains how knowledge about such thinking underpins everyday practice such as the role of the Key Person and highlights the crucial role of secure attachments in young children's learning and development. The book examines the importance of emotional holding' and the nuturing of individual relationships within group childcare and aims to help you make a real difference to young children's sense of self and emotional security by being 'tuned in', available, responsive and consistent. This new edition has been thoroughly updated and revised to include: Links at the end of each chapter to the revised EYFS as well as Scottish and Welsh curricula A new brief new chapter on brain development Expansion of material in the book on Nurture Groups Additional material on empathy and the outdoors How to make a positive contribution to good practice' boxes Special consideration for the under twos. With opportunities for personal reflection, this book is essential reading for both practitioners and students looking for guidance on how to nurture secondary attachment relationships in group care settings.