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Welcome to this course, in which we recognise and acknowledge the expert and specialised nature of pedagogy with infants and toddlers. We aim to support you to understand some key principles, pedagogies and practices for use with this age group. There’s a lot of theory to understand in this first part of the course, but don’t worry, we will keep returning to it, bringing it to life and putting it to use in practical ways and in the context of different topics as we work through the rest of the course.
In this first part of the course, we focus on getting to know the principles behind effective pedagogy with infants and toddlers that have been well-substantiated by research. These principles will form a touchstone for our further examination of key practices and concepts in infant and toddler care and education: relationships, intersubjectivity, caregiving, key teaching, and teamwork. In addition, as we learn about the ways in which infants and toddlers learn to move, play and communicate, we will return to these principles as guides for practice.
The aims for this part of the course are:
- To develop an understanding of key principles for infant and toddler care and education, and begin to reflect upon and implement these in your own setting
- To reflect on your image of the infant and toddler and what this means for your practice
This will involve:
- Reading about and comparing different images of the infant and toddler
- Reflecting on which image(s) of the infant and toddler informs your practice
- Reading about evidence-based principles for infant and toddler care and education
- Reflecting on an example of the principles in practice
- Exploring one of the principles in your practice in your own setting
There is also an opportunity to introduce yourself and to read the introductions of others participating in the course. Finally, we offer some additional reflective questions and quizzes as further reading.
Now is a great time to decide on the child that you will observe, study and reflect about for the course activities. Please also take some time to reflect on your current knowledge about the child, which will form a nice touchstone for your progress through the course. Make some notes on the following questions:
- What do you know about this child?
- How would you describe your relationship with the child and with the family?
Now let’s get started with Part 1…