Attachment and belonging in the early and primary years March 2024

Attachment and belonging in the early and primary years.

Completing “Attachment and belonging in the early and primary years” will contribute 3 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Student/child Mental Health addressing Standard Descriptor 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Date: Thursday, 7 March 2024
Time: 9:30am to 1:15pm AEDT
Location: Online webinar, attendees will receive their access details the week of the webinar
– Heather Irvine-Rundle, adjunct professor, author and senior clinical psychologist and director of The READ Clinic
– Timothy D Walker, teacher and best-selling author
Ticket price: $200 per person (including GST)
Booking form: Download the booking form
Purchase tickets: Purchase tickets via PayPal

More information about purchasing tickets is at the end of this page. This includes details on how to purchase via bank transfer.


In this presentation we examine the important role that teachers, support teams and school leaders play in supporting/improving attachment and belonging.

The most powerful tool in secure attachment and school belonging is the relationship between the child and the teacher.

Belonging and secure attachment experienced by children in the early and primary years has gained attention of researchers and practitioners linking it to a variety of developmental and educational outcomes.

Children who have a strong sense of belonging and secure attachments tend to be happier and display a greater interest in school activities and learning. They are more confident and motivated. This is reflected in their social/emotional development and academic outcomes.

In early education and primary school settings the relationships that children have with all staff and each other should be nurtured and supported. 

Workshop details

During this presentation participants will learn:

  • The importance of belonging within educational environments.
  • How to promote a positive sense of belonging within your learning environments.
  • The latest research on secure/insecure attachment.
  • A deeper understanding of attachment disorders from a lens of compassion.
  • How attachment disorders and a feeling of not belonging present and affect children’s learning and relationships with others.
  • How to become confident identifying behaviour that reflects attachment disorders.
  • A better understanding of the consequences of failing to address attachment disorders in early and primary years.
  • Awareness of how to effectively collaborate and share with colleagues learning from this presentation to develop a whole school approach to attachment and belonging.

Who is this professional learning on attachment and belonging suitable for?

This online workshop is suitable for early childhood and primary school teachers, educators and support teams.

About the speakers

Timothy D. Walker
Teacher and best-selling author

Timothy D. Walker is an American teacher who taught in Finland for six of the eight years he lived there. He is the author of the best-selling book Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms.

Timothy will draw from his teaching experiences inside the Finnish education system and will share his knowledge on attachment and belonging in the classroom.

Timothy will be spending some more time in Finland in 2024, and we look forward to having him join us from Helsinki in March.

Find out more about Timothy and his work on the Teach Like Finland website.

Heather Irvine-Rundle
Senior clinical psychologist, Conjoint Professor of Practice, School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle, author and director of
The READ Clinic

Heather is a senior clinical psychologist and the director of The Read Clinic, which is one of the largest psychology practises in Australia. As well as practising in Australia, Heather has also spent three years in the UK working with some of the most deprived families in Liverpool and London. She also led a service providing advice and consultations on mental health to all the schools in the South London area.

As well as practicing for over two decades Heather has also found time to become a published author with her latest book Hello Baby. Heather speaks regularly on local ABC radio, has appeared on a number of television shows including 60 Minutes, and writes regular articles for print and digital media.

In 2019, Heather was appointed as Conjoint Professor of Practice in the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle, NSW.


Purchase tickets via PayPal

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Registration policy

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If the event is cancelled by Committed to Childcare Conferences, a full refund for the cost of the ticket will be reimbursed to the buyer. The organiser will not be liable for accommodation or travel costs incurred by the buyer to attend the event.

If cancellation, of any of the above, is forced by a party other than the management of Committed to Childcare Conferences, the event will be rescheduled or relocated.

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There are no refunds given for cancellation. We are happy to provide you with a complimentary ticket to another of our events.

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