Belonging: At the heart of relating to others


By Carmel Richardson

This book is designed to help parents, families and early childhood educators who work with children from birth to age five understand how important their role is in supporting children to get along with others. Getting along with others is based on secure attachments and sensitive, responsive relationships with reliable, nurturing adults who use everyday experiences to model thoughtful interactions. The book will draw on some real examples to demonstrate how families and educators can support young children to learn, in everyday ways, how to get along with others.



Getting along with others means many things. It means listening and being heard. It means sharing and taking turns. It means being able to negotiate and work things out. It means being curious about difference and open to knowing more. Getting along means feeling valued and making the others you’re with feel valued too. Getting along with others is about give and take. It’s about trusting others and enabling them to place their trust in you too. Most of all, it’s about that feeling of being connected with others and the deep satisfaction that connection, or feeling of belonging, brings.

About the Everyday Learning Series:

Early Childhood Australia’s Everyday Learning Series acknowledges that the most important early learning happens through day-to-day life experiences and provides ideas and strategies on ways educators and families can make the most of these experiences to support children’s development. By ‘making the ordinary, extraordinary’, the Everyday Learning Series is an invaluable resource for educators, students of early education, beginning practitioners, and families by assisting them in maximising young children’s play, exploration and discovery, and development within learning environments.

Subscribe to the Everyday Learning Series:

The Everyday Learning Series (EDL) is a 12 month, four-issue subscription. Subscribers also receive bonus online resources which may be shared with educators and families. Learn more here. 

ECA offers libraries and institutions a perpetual access fee. Please contact ECA directly on 1800 356 900 (free call) to obtain the licensing agreement or to order.

Additional information

Weight 0.092 kg
Dimensions 17.3 × 24.5 cm



Paperback, e-version

Year published