Developing Secure Attachment Through Play offers a range of imaginative and engaging play-based activities, designed to help vulnerable young children forge safe attachments with their caregivers.

The book focuses on key developmental stages that may have been missed due to challenging life circumstances, such as social-emotional development, object permanence and physical and sensory development. It also considers pertinent issues including trauma, separation, loss and transition. Chapters explore each topic from a theoretical perspective, before offering case studies that illustrate the theory in practice, and a range of activities to demonstrate the effectiveness of play in developing healthy attachments.

Key features of this book include:

• 80 activities that can be carried out at home or in educational settings, designed to facilitate attachment and enhance social-emotional development;

• case vignettes exploring creative activities such as mirroring, construction play, physical play, baby doll play and messy play;

• scripts and strategies to create a safe and respectful environment for vulnerable children;

• photocopiable and downloadable resources, including early learning goals, a collection of therapeutic stories and a transition calendar

By engaging children in these activities, parents, caregivers and practitioners can help the children in their care gain a sense of belonging and develop their self-esteem. This will be a valuable resource for early years practitioners, adoptive, foster and kinship parents, and therapists and social workers supporting young children.

chapter |14 pages


chapter 1|13 pages

Social and emotional development

chapter 2|13 pages


chapter 3|14 pages

Parent-child mirroring

chapter 4|13 pages

Object permanence

chapter 5|14 pages

Cause and effect

chapter 6|15 pages

Physical development

chapter 7|12 pages

Language and speech development

chapter 8|15 pages

Separation and loss

chapter 9|16 pages


chapter 10|16 pages