Human nature calls for cherishment, just like our natural habitat. Well regarded, cherishing is the cornerstone for everything. Who doesn’t love the natural environment will more easily cause her harm or let her wither by neglect. For human nature this is no different. The young child can only grow up healthy and let his talents blossom if it is being cherished.
Secure attachment is cherishing, just like unconditional love. One cannot exist without the other.
The main pedagogical question here is: will we cherish or punish human nature?
Dikkedeur has made cherishment a priority. Secure attachment is paramount and is made possible by working with a ‘zorgleidster’ (a pedagogic caretaker) for each child. She cherishes, comforts, nurtures, stimulates, guides and cares for the child, she is a beacon the child can trust and rely upon, under all circumstances. Our pedagogic approach also contributes to this: we do not punish. Punishment loads love with conditions. And conditional love undermines a secure basis.