Children need to feel that their world is a safe place. They need to know they’re cared for, that their needs are met, and that they can get help to work out problems.

When they have these things, children develop a sense of belonging, which improves their mental health and learning.

Children who feel that they belong to their preschool, kindergarten, day care or school will be happy, more relaxed and have fewer behaviour problems than others.

Learn more about belonging below.

Belonging and connectedness

Feeling included

Relationships for life

Working together