Attachment is the deep and lasting emotional connection that children form with those they depend upon for care. It describes the relationship between a child and parent or caregiver that develops in the first few years of life, and is needed for a child to feel safe, secure, and protected.
Research shows the importance of attachment between the child and their parent or caregiver in the early stages of life. To achieve optimal growth and development, a child needs a safe, secure and protected environment. The quality of this first relationship has a significant impact on the child's later social, emotional, and cognitive development.
As children grow and develop so does the attachment bond.
This section will take you to resources and research material that explores the parent-child relationship.