Physical Contact, Cuddles and Touch

The OECE’s position on physical contact is that no-touch policies and practices have no place in ECE.  We assert ‘relationship based’ practices where children benefit from positive, loving interactions supported by nurturing touch, and it is essential that adults are responsive to children’s emotional needs. We advocate for physical contact between teachers and children when and as appropriate to support children’s mental and physical health, safety, and learning needs.   Read more About Us.

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