SRF Program

  • Circle of Security

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Integrated teaching and learning approaches.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.


    Circle of Security Parenting

    Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) provides parents with education and psychotherapy based on attachment theory. COS-P operates on the assumption that attachment theory can be understood and be useful to parents in interactions with their children if taught in a user-friendly manner. As a result, the program focuses on teaching selected core concepts of attachment theory.

    The program aims to enhance parents' capacity for caregiving and child attachment. It can be delivered in a group context, in individual counselling, or in the home.

    Circle of Security Classroom for Educators and Teachers

    Circle of Security Classroom is intended for early childhood teachers and educators working with children from birth to six years of age. This program aimed at enhancing attachment and relationships in early care settings, is idle for educators wanting to create emotionally supportive environments for all children. The learning series also supports educators to look beyond behavioural approaches to see the ways attachment needs are communicated by behaviour (and often misbehaviour). The importance of the teacher as an attachment figure in responding to these needs is highlighted through reflection questions and handouts created specifically for early care professionals.

    Detailed Costs

    Course costs vary. Contact providers for information.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: the program is designed for parents/carers who:
    • want to understand and respond to their children's needs more effectively
    • want to enjoy parenting more
    • want parenting to be less stressful
    • have children newborn to six years old
    • are concerned about their relationship with their child and/or their child's behaviour
    • lack confidence in parenting
    • have experienced family violence/trauma/disconnection with their own parents/carers as a child
    • have experienced perinatal depression and anxiety .

    Educators can also complete the COS-P training to provide them with the skills to support caregivers in their parenting.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: parenting courses consist of 1.5-hour sessions over eight weeks. Educator training seminars are conducted over four days.

    Program adaptability: program materials have been translated from English into multiple languages. Program can be delivered in individual consultations, to groups, or in the home. 

    Priority Area

    Wellbeing (social and emotional)

    Strength of Evidence

    Level 7 - Requires further research