Rebecca Slade

At Ƶ, we have a front row seat to the latest research and thinking on early childhood education and we want to share this with the Early Learning Community!

Children feel safe and secure when they experience their educators being a secure base. But how can educators predictably be a secure base in a group environment where there are many competing demands?


In this presentation you will hear about:

  • What a secure base is and why it is important for the child and the educator.
  • Group-related sensitivity, which involves being attentive to an individual child whilst also managing the group of children as a whole.
  • Stillness and relational language to promote group-related sensitivity shown in two relational transitions – the morning goodbye, and children’s transition into play after parents leave.

Overall, the presentation aims to equip educators with insights into creating a supportive environment that prioritises building connections and facilitating smooth transitions for children.


Our presenters

and belong to the practice called Secure Beginnings. Robyn is a psychologist and Belinda Friezer is a psychologist and art therapist and they have worked in the field of infant mental health for more than twenty-five years. They are concerned with the emotional work of educators and practices that build a secure base culture in a group environment.


The details

Date: Wednesday, 8th May 2024

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, New South Wales 2522
Room: Thought Bubble, located in Building 11, level 2 (above Piccolo & Me) [see map]

Please note there has been a change in location from Wollongong Library to UOW.

Catering: Light refreshments

Cost: FREE Limited spaces available –

This session is open to all educators – Ƶ and beyond.

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