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The Connected Baby Series: Sabre Tooth Tigers and Teddy Bears: Understanding Attachment
The Connected Baby Series: Sabre Tooth Tigers and Teddy Bears: Understanding Attachment
The Connected Baby Series: Sabre Tooth Tigers and Teddy Bears: Understanding Attachment

This course explores the attachment process. Completing this course will help you learn about why children get attached, what causes them to become attached, the history of attachment theory and the recent neuroscientific discoveries.

This course is particularly beneficial to professionals who work with children as it explores attachment behaviours in everyday situations.

On completion of this course learners will:

  • Understand what attachment is and why it is central to our well-being
  • Be able to identify attachment processes operating in the lives of children and adults
  • Understand how attachment patterns become wired into the brain
  • Know how to help when someone is experiencing anxious ‘attachment moments’

When you’ve completed this online training you will sit an online test and, once successful, you can download your Virtual College certificate.

Lesson Plan

The subjects covered in this module include:

  • Introduction
    • Why attachment?
  • What is attachment?
    • Key elements of attachment
    • Definition of attachment
    • Safety
    • Fear of danger
    • Exploration
    • Comfort
    • Self-regulation
    • Seeking help
    • Making up
  • History of attachment theory
    • 1950s Hospital practice
    • 1960s Attachment Process
    • 1970s 3 main attachment styles
    • 1990s Disorganised style identified
    • 2010s Introducing new language
    • 2010s Link to dementia
  • This science behind attachment
    • A neural network
    • Hormones and attachment
    • Evolutionary history
    • Linking attachment patterns to health
    • What does this tell us about attachment?
  • Attachment patterns
    • Attachment
    • Self regulation
    • Example
    • Styles of self-regulation
    • Another way to show attachment styles
    • Is there a ‘best’ style?
    • Self-regulation through life
  • Do we really ‘get’ attachment?
    • Attachment examples
  • How do we nurture resilience?
    • Do we nurture and heal?
    • Supporting children
    • Real life story
    • Supporting adults
    • Attachment examples

Target Audience

This module is aimed at professionals working in the early year’s sector. It will also be helpful to anyone who wishes to understand how early experiences shape development and can leave lifelong impacts.


Approximately 1-2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. The course is self-paced with approximately 75 interactive screens with multiple components. You do not have to complete all the training in one session. Your progress will be recorded throughout.


This course is CPD certified.


On completion of this course you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

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You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

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