12 Pillars - Relationships

Relationships are central to children developing acceptance, self esteem, and higher functioning thinking skills that contribute to positive learning and life outcomes. Good relationships in life help children develop connections with others, build and maintain positive friendships and support children in self-regulating their emotions.
Through relationships children learn how to think, understand, communicate, behave, express emotions and develop social skills.
Loving, stable and responsive relationships are fundamental to each child's development. Children's relationships shape they way the see the world and affect all areas of their development. If a child see's kind and respectful relationships around them they learn to be kind and respectful with.

Educator-child relationships create a sense of belonging for children. Creating a safe and familiar environment within a childcare setting allows children to build on their confidence and help them grow and learn. Children will thrive in an environment where they feel nurtured, safe and sheltered. This helps them to feel supported and promotes the growth of confidence and self esteem. If a child does not have a positive relationship and bond with their educators it could lead to social, mental and behavioural issues. In the child care centre these relationships between children and their educators are central to ensuring positive learning and development. Creating relationships built on care, support and love encourages development of a child's brain, helping them through their schooling journey and their adulthood. 

The nature of the relationships between parents, educators, families and children is the main ingredient for a child's brain development.
Social and emotional functioning heavily relies on a child's attachment to their primary carers.
Responsiveness and tenderness of care is crucial in a child's social-emotional functioning and brain development.

At Fletcher Early Learning and Montessori our educators aim to build strong, reciprocal and positive relationships with the children, their families, caregivers and the outer community. Through positive interactions and the development of secure and respectful relationships we are able to work towards a common goal and outcome, enable children to feel safe and secure and encourage families and caregivers to become an integral part of our educational program.