Infants & Toddlers Course

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Infants & Toddlers Course

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This course explores the research behind early learning and development, including the importance of quality relationships and interactions, and how this translates into into principles for practice. It also explores proven pedagogical strategies for caregiving and engaging effectively with infants and toddlers and you will be supported to apply these practices and strategies in your own setting. The course provides opportunities to put into practice the knowledge and strategies you are learning.

Designed for practicing early childhood teachers and centre leaders, the course can be completed in around 10 weeks, and will benefit teachers at all stages of their career.

Learning objectives:

  • To understand the science behind early learning, and how this translates into principles for practice
  • To increase understanding of practices for quality relationships, interactions and caregiving for infants and toddlers
  • To increase knowledge of practices for supporting play, language and movement
  • To develop knowledge of appropriate pedagogical techniques for observing, learning about and developing a relationship with an individual child and their family

Interviews with

  • Professor Carmen Dalli
  • Jean Rockel
  • Dr Lesley Rameka
  • Linda Clarke

Case studies of practice

  • The Learning Centre, Ponsonby, Auckland
  • The Rumpus Room, Auckland
If you enrolled prior to March 2024, access the course from your Dashboard
If you enrolled from March 2024 onwards, access the course from your Account

Start today on our self-directed pathway

Time commitment

Allow 8-10 weeks, 60 minutes per week, plus putting your learning into practice in your own work context

Flexible engagement

With course content available 24-7 and no cut-off date, you can choose when to engage with the learning materials

Multimodal learning

A rich mix of interviews, readings, video case-studies, reflections, and practical activities

What you’ll learn

Core principles for infant-toddler care and education 

Introducing the key theory and research evidence that will guide our decision-making about practice for infants and toddlers across the rest of the course. You will reflect on your image of the infant and toddler and how this impacts on practice.


Develop a complex understanding of what attunement and responsiveness really mean in the infant and toddler context, with reference to theoretical notions of intersubjectivity (beautifully explained by Professor Carmen Dalli), and practical concepts such as ‘serve and return’.


This part examines the research evidence on the importance of creating a language-rich environment for infants and toddlers’ as a foundation for practice. Infants and toddlers are presented as sophisticated communicators and enthusiastic social actors, and ways to support the social and emotional competence that accompanies communication are explored.


Caregiving is explored as a foundational component of infant and toddler pedagogy, and an essential context for attuned, intersubjective engagement which provides rich opportunities for children’s learning in a range of areas. The core principles of effective pedagogy are used to support thoughtful reflection on practice as you explore the quality of caregiving moments for children in your setting.


Examine what kind of play is appropriate for infants and toddlers, the role of the teacher, and the types of material that facilitate play. Drawing on video footage of infants and toddlers at play, we help you to develop skills in observing and analysing infant and toddler play.


This part establishes learning to move as an important area for pedagogy in the earliest years, requiring sensitive support characterised by respect for, and trust in, children’s unfolding capabilities.

Approaches to infant and toddler care and education 

Recognise the range of approaches to infant and toddler care and education, and look specifically at the Resources for Infant EducarersTM approach and indigenous Māori and Pasifika approaches to infant and toddler care.

Working with families and colleagues for the best infant and toddler care  

This last part of the course considers how best to work in partnership with other adults for the best interests of the child and helps you to evaluate current levels of partnership with families, providing stepping stones to deeper levels of collaboration with families, and supports you to examine and reflect upon relationships within your teaching teams.


Infants & Toddlers Course

Enrolment instructions

1. Select your enrolment requirements below carefully, especially if you are enrolling a group.
2. If you are enrolling someone else (one person or more) onto the course, and you do not wish to take the course yourself, you must choose the option called Enrol others NOT yourself. You will receive information about how to invite them onto the course after you have completed the transaction. 
3. You can choose to pay via invoice (choose offline payment on the next page), Paypal or by credit card.
4. Once enrolled, you’ll find the course on your Account page. You will also receive an email welcoming you to the course.

Group enrolments

Enrolling as a group offers you great savings, and enables teachers to share their learning journeys and centres to collectively make changes in their practice based on their learning. Each teacher receives their own log in, linked to their email address, and can complete the course in their own time, on their own computer or tablet.


  • 1 teacher: NZ$110.00
  • 2-10 teachers: SAVE 15% (NZ$93.50pp)
  • 11-25 teachers: SAVE 20% (NZ$88.00pp)
  • 26+ teachers: SAVE 25% (NZ$82.50pp)
  • Please note: Prices are subject to 15% GST (local sales tax). Discounts only apply to group enrolments made in one transaction, and cannot be applied retrospectively if your group size increases.

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Enrol yourself

NZ $110 .00
  • No discount
  • Lifetime access*
  • Online discussion boards
  • Personalised certificate

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from NZ $82 .50
  • Group discounts of 15-25%
  • Lifetime access*
  • Online discussion boards
  • Personalised certificates

Enrol others NOT yourself

from NZ $82 .50
  • Group discounts of 15-25%
  • Lifetime access*
  • Online discussion boards
  • Personalised certificates

Prices shown are per person, and are subject to GST (local sales tax) of 15%. * Lifetime access means for as long as the course is hosted on The Education Hub

Keeping our courses affordable

The Education Hub wants as many teachers as possible to be able to take our courses and benefit from the high quality professional learning they offer. Therefore, we are committed to keeping course fees as low as possible. It is through the support of our ever-generous supporters that we can produce such rich, multimodal learning opportunities while offering participants significant subsidies.

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Please note, all our courses are best completed on a desktop/laptop computer or tablet. Because of the amount of content, we do not recommend using a phone. 
* Group discounts apply to the full price, and can only be applied in one transaction, not retrospectively, or on the addition of more enrolments. ** Our standard terms and conditions are available here

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