Yeah Baby! Early Childhood Conference
9–10.30am – The relationship is everything – Toni Christie
Children learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people places and things (Te Whāriki, 2017, p. 21).
We become who we are through our relationships with others. Therefore, it follows that in order to build a society of people who are capable, competent and behave with kindness and empathy towards each other, our focus must first be on the quality of the relationships and initial attachments infants have with the significant adults in their lives.
This presentation will unpack concepts such as key caregiving, continuity, the interbrain, self-regulation, the triune brain, developmental domains, the danger of deterministic thinking, co-regulation and teacher wellbeing.
10.30–11am – morning kai break
11am–12.30pm – Nurturing infants and toddlers in nature – Tash Kibble
Physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing comes from responsiveness, attention, and heartfelt connections made in the earliest years of each child's development. This presentation will examine the adult’s role in all of this. What factors must come into play, what can we do to improve the way the people, places and things support and engage children and adults to create an environment which enables infants and toddlers to flourish. This presentation will have a peaceful, Pikler-inspired, relationship-based and nature-connected approach woven throughout.
12.30–1.15pm – kai
1.15–2.45pm – Inspirational not institutional
Children are miracles. We can choose to create environments for miracles not minimums. (Anita Rui Olds).
Inspirational, not Institutional!
Our infant and toddler spaces reflect who we are as a learning community – curious, functional, and beautiful! This lively presentation will showcase simple room setups in infant and toddler settings using readily available materials, including those drawn from upcycled and natural sources.
Cost: $180 per person (includes morning tea and a light lunch).