Responsive Caregiving

Promoting Secure Attachments and Healthy Relationships

The heart of a high quality early learning environment is the relationship among adults and children, and children and their peers. At Columbus Early Learning Centers we know that young children are not only developing knowledge and skills as they grow, but also feelings and attitudes about themselves as learners and citizens of a community. We value children’s creativity, imagination, wonder and joy. We believe that young children are worthy of our nurturing care and respect.

Our teachers help children build warm, positive, consistent relationships by:

  • Developing strong partnerships with families;
  • Respecting each child as a unique individual;
  • Being sensitive to children’s individual needs by observing closely and learning the cues children use to communicate;
  • Nurturing children with gentleness, affection, comforting assistance and shared experiences;
  • Responding appropriately to children’s strong emotions;
  • Encouraging clear, open communication;
  • Being positive and enthusiastic about learning.
“Our son had a wonderful experience at CELC. Miss Carrie was his first best friend and he met his current best friend there. The staff created social and educational experiences that will be with him for a lifetime.”

– Angela, CELC parent

Recently, the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child affirmed: “Young children experience their world as an environment of relationships, and these relationships affect virtually all aspects of their development -- intellectual, social, emotional, physical, behavioral and moral.”

From infancy, through toddlerhood and into the preschool years, healthy relationships help children develop the attributes of active, confident, effective learners:

  • Curiosity about the world, inspiring questions and investigations;
  • Willingness to take risks and make mistakes;
  • Persistence, even when tasks are challenging;
  • Focused participation in play and projects;
  • Self-confidence and self-regulation.

It is through responsive caregiving and healthy relationships that children truly develop the foundation for success in school and in life.