Circles Of Security

Circle Of Security Program

The Circle of Security parenting program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.

Our trained Facilitators work with parents and care-givers to help them to:

  • Understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs.
  • Support their child's ability to successfully manage emotions.
  • Enhance the development of their child's self-esteem.
  • Honour the innate wisdom and desire for their child to be secure.


"When I used to think of attachment parenting I would picture a hippy type woman, breastfeeding a ten year old, talking in a floaty voice about how great it is to co-sleep with her 5 kids and husband.

When I started at Circle of Security, I didn't expect to see that, but the idea of attachment parenting was still quite foreign to me. What I learnt over the following 8 weeks is something that has stayed with me ever since, and something that I consider, think about, and try to incorporate into my life every single day. The best part about the Circle, is that it is so simple. Your child already knows how it works, and Julie tells us parents how to follow their lead.

I see the Circle come to life all the time with my own son, and sometimes in groups of my peers. It doesn't take out of the box thinking or some wacky tye-dye pants with insense burning, it's a simple concept of leaving your worried mind at the door, and actually just listen to your child, tune into what they are doing and what they are saying, and DELIGHT in their everyday.

The way that society has built the parenting guideline "boys are tough", "only girls cry" attitudes form a barrier to this parent-child communication and ultimately a breakdown in the circle. The Circle of Security philosophy can seem overwhelming in information at first, but I promise you that by the end of it the whole idea will come together and it will all fall into place and you can start to see it in action at home.



I notice how much more often I check myself, I make sure I don't brush off my son's feelings, I make sure he feels heard and relevant, and he cant even speak yet! I tell myself "I am his inner voice" so make sure I bring him positive affirmations. I let him explore his world without fear, and when I hear my shark music, I remember it is only my shark music, not his so I make an effort to delight in his experiences, rather than hinder them.

The little discussions and comments made throughout each lesson in the workshop ring true for me many months down the track and I hope that what Julie and her co-workers have to offer can reach more and more parents in the wider community. The true magic of this philosophy is that its based on nature, our gut instincts, and once you tap into that it comes naturally."