Meaningful practice for babies and toddlers
Birth and Beyond will support professionals in the early childhood field to deeply understand the specific needs and priorities of this age group (0-2) and be able to transfer this knowledge into meaningful environments, practice and programmes. It promotes the connection between babies and educators. It specifies theories and developmental knowledge and shows environments that are underpinned by that knowledge. This timely resource includes examples of how to develop relationships with babies and enhance programming, practice and play for babies. Each section provides questions for reflection and discussion.
- Promotes the connection between babies and educators
- Specifies theories and developmental knowledge
- Shows environments that are underpinned by that knowledge
- Includes examples of programming for babies plus insight into the RIE approach (see background information below on RIE).
- Provides explanations and examples of heuristic play, schemas and treasure baskets, underpinned by research
- Highlights how babies have rights and how to respect and uphold these rights
What is the RIE Approach?
RIE (pronounced “rye”) stands for “Resources for Infant Educarers.” This approach was founded in 1978 by Magda Gerber, a Hungarian immigrant and early childhood educator who lived in Los Angeles.
“Educarer” is a term coined with the idea that parents and caregivers should have respect for even the youngest of infants. According to Gerber and others, babies should be treated as capable and understanding of the world around them, able to learn and flourish if given safe space and freedom from too much adult direction.
The ultimate goal with RIE is to nurture what’s referred to as an “authentic” child. This means your little one should move about in daily life feeling secure, competent, autonomous and connected to their environment.
About the Authors:
Written by Nicole Halton and Natashja Treveton, both highly-regarded educators and authors, Birth and Beyond is an essential resource for educators who are focused on the well-being and education of babies and toddlers.
Recommended ages: 0-2