Supporting Research

PORSE has built its philosophy on a strong evidence base of neuroscience and attachment theory that supports the in-home care and education model for pre-school children. Written by Child Mental Health Specialists, the following pages provide some more information on our philosophy for early childhood education and how it connects to decades of international research. Also included is a page that shares additional reading and reference links for your own exploration and reading.

Child Attachment Theory

Secure attachment relationships are vital for our emotional wellbeing. PORSE encourages and supports the formation of secure relationships between all our educators and the children in their care.

Research in the fields of infancy, mental health and neurobiology over the last several decades has changed our understanding of babies and the adults they become.

It is now very clear that what we experience, feel and know in our infant and toddler years becomes the map by which we navigate the world.  Read more…

Infant Brain Development

At PORSE we seek to not only understand the important teachings from neuroscience (the field of research about the brain) but to build our early childhood education curriculum, training and support around these cutting-edge findings.

Each Educator is part of our vision to bring neuroscience to life in the way we welcome, relate to, support and communicate with each child and family.

Decades of neuroscientific findings have made it clear that the human brain does most of its wiring after birth. Millions of connections in the brain - more than we will ever have or need in adulthood – are formed in direct response to the baby’s environment. It is their experiences that guide this process. Read more…

Other Information Sources

For more information on child attachment theory and infant brain development, we recommend:

Brainwave Trust

Brainwave Trust Aotearoa