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Introduction to attachment and brain development

Level: 2 | Modules: 1 | Hours: 5

Current research on brain development makes it clear that the first four years of life, from conception to the end of year three, is the most critical period for brain development. This course will enable anyone who is preparing to work with children and young people to understand the impact of this early experience.

Target audience: Adults preparing to work with vulnerable children | Adults preparing to adopt | Adults preparing to foster children / young people

Learning outcomes / assessment criteria

  1. Understand how relationships with adults affect children's brain development
    1. Explain key processes and steps in the attachment relationship affecting how baby brains develop
    2. Explain the effects of positive attachment relationships on brain development
    3. Describe key aspects of brain development that are affected by unmet attachment needs

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