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In this part of the course, we focus on the foundation of quality practices with infants and toddlers: responsive, attuned, and respectful relationships. We look more deeply at the notion of intersubjectivity as a key quality of these relationships, and describe some ways in which teachers can go about developing intersubjective states with infants and toddlers. We also examine a key practice called ‘serve and return’, which can be used with infants and toddlers as a basis for stronger, more responsive relationships.
The aims of this part are:
- To gain a deeper understanding of the concept of intersubjectivity
- To examine the use of serve and return interactions in promoting responsive and attuned relationships
- To practise and reflect upon interactions in your own centre
This will involve:
- Watching Professor Carmen Dalli talk about intersubjectivity and how it supports responsive relationships for infants and toddlers
- Reflecting on your own experiences of intersubjectivity
- Reading about the concept of serve and return interactions
- Reflecting on your capacity for intersubjectivity and serve and return interactions with children in your care
- Practising serve and return interactions with your focus child
There are also some interviews to read and videos to watch about serve and return in our Further Reading section, and our discussion topic is about team approaches to ensuring every child gets to experience quality interactions in your setting.