How teachers interact with children influences the energy and wellbeing of an early childhood centre. Interactions are one of the key building blocks of the principles of Te Whariki, and how teachers engage is a direct representation of their teaching philosophy and the relationships they have with children.
Ripeka and the team at Kids’ Domain describe how they ensure that they are intentional in all their interactions. They highlight a range of key tools they use to guide their interactions and support the emotional needs of their infants and toddlers. They also discuss how they uplift children’s emotional wellbeing through using intentional interactions to fill their emotional cups.
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Hinengaro: mental and emotional wellbeing
Manaakitanga: hospitality, kindness, generosity, support – the process of showing respect, generosity and care for others
Te ao Māori: The Māori worldview
Te Whare Tapa Whā: a model that describes mental and physical health and wellbeing using the metaphor of a wharenui or meeting house