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In Part 7, we look at two different approaches to infant and toddler care and education. The first of these is the Resources for Infant EducarersTM approach known as RIE (pronounced ‘rye’) and informed by the work of Emmi Pikler. A similar approach is often referred to as the Pikler approach. For the second approach we take a look at indigenous Māori and Pasifika approaches to infant and toddler care, presenting an alternative to Western paradigms and values which have often dominated our understandings of effective practice. With the knowledge that you have gained through the course so far, we hope that you are now in a good position to be able to evaluate what different models for infant and toddler pedagogy can offer you and your team.
The aims of this part of the course are:
- To develop an understanding of different approaches to infant and toddler care and education
- To reflect upon the cultural responsiveness of our approaches to infant and toddler care and education
- To become aware of and challenge taken-for-granted beliefs and practices in relation to infant and toddler care and education, and consider alternatives that may better align with the principles of effective infant and toddler pedagogy and your cultural context.
This will involve:
- Reading about the Pikler/RIETM approach to infant and toddler care and education
- Reflecting on how this approach relates to the principles for effective infant and toddler pedagogy in Part 1
- Reading about Māori and Pasifika approaches to infant and toddler care and education
- Reflecting on the cultural responsiveness of your current practice
- Watching a video with Dr Lesley Rameka about the key principles of a kaupapa Māori approach to infant and toddler care and education
For our activity this week, we’d like you to summarise what you have learned about your focus child over the course, and reflect on what benefits this cycle of observation and reflection has had for teaching, learning and relationships. There is also the chance to discuss the theories and approaches you are currently using in your practice on the online forum, and a selection of resources for further reading.