Early relational health is a framework that explores the role of early relationships and experiences in healthy development across a child’s lifetime. Relationships, especially in the early years, are biological necessities to build a foundation for lifelong growth and development.
Relationships should be:
- Safe: The relationship is free of physical or psychological harm. Children believe their caregivers will protect them.
- Stable: The adult is dependably there for the child. Children believe their caregivers will meet their needs.
- Nurturing: The child’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs are sensitively and consistently met. Children believe their caregivers will use warmth and clear expectations to foster their development.