Presented by Ali Porteous.
This comprehensive course will cover a range of teaching practices and strategies that are developmentally respectful and responsive to the needs of infants and toddlers. We will unpack the characteristics of this age group and offer ideas for creating a thoughtful, creative and stimulating learning programme that celebrates children’s emerging interests. Research and literature will be disseminated through the lenses of brain development, attachment theory, self-regulation and relationship-based care and curriculum. We will also pay attention to how our environments and resources impact upon free movement and play for children and adults alike. While this course is primarily aimed at kaiako of infants and toddlers, the key concepts discussed are relevant for all tamariki.
- Discuss and explore the notion of respect and what this looks like in a pedagogy of care and nurture
- Discover how kaiako ‘attunement’ and ‘responsiveness’ are key to providing quality care and education
- Explore the latest neuroscience around children’s brain development and how this impacts our teaching practices
- Discuss the idea of having a ‘key caregiving’ and ‘continuity of care’ approach and what this might look like in various contexts
- Explore the notion of free movement, free play and active observation
- Discuss how the importance of relationships and the environment affect infants’ and toddlers’ behaviour
- Explore what a robust induction procedure entails and how to ensure a safe and secure environment for new families
- Reflect on how we can create beautiful and welcoming environments that focus on a nature-based programme.
This is an ideal course for kaiako and leaders who are reviewing their learning programme or are looking for refreshing and inspiring practices with infants and toddlers.
This event runs from 9am to 3pm.
Cost: $195 per person (includes morning tea and a light lunch).